Clergy Confessional (23) Releasing the Bitterness is not so easy

Hateful and bitter rhetoric has become such a part of our day that we often don’t see it for what it really is. I always chastise myself for looking at comments in articles, because I am continually disappointed by what I see. Name calling, profanity, threats – all part of our daily existence. I recently…

Clergy Confessional (22) The Slippery Slope of Hate

We have seen this before – bad things happen, a group gets singled out, their rights get restricted, eventually they are demonized, cast out or put into prisons or concentration camps or reservations. Pharaoh did it to the Jews, America did it to the Native Americans, Hitler did it to Gypsies, Homosexuals, Jews, and anyone…

Clergy Confessional (21) Putting Jesus Back Into the Church

I am so tired of the ridiculous memes I see asking me to share and say amen about putting prayer back into the schools. Enough already! Prayer never left! What this really means is that there are people who want to allow Christian prayer (but no other) in schools so that we can go back…

Clergy Confessional (20) – Truth and Fact

Recently, a number of southern cities have been removing statues and monuments that pay tribute to some of their “heroes” of the Civil War. It is reminiscent of the tearing down of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. As it came down, many voices proclaimed victory over his tyranny. We are still fighting that…

Real Holiness

I hear a lot of complaining – and real concerns – about how things aren’t the way they used to be. In some ways, this is sad, but in most ways, I see it as a very good thing. For example, women can vote -that is a great thing. Marriage is more about people’s rights…

Clergy Confessional (16) – Can we talk?

It can be difficult to tell the truth in church – or, to be honest, to religious people. We are just like non-church folks – believing in God is not a guarantee of perfect love. In fact, being religious often leads to bigger problems. So let’s be honest – we can be frustrating people to…

Clergy Confessional (15) – Advent on My Mind

Advent is – visually – my favorite season at Calvary UCC in Reading. The candles, the colors, and the lights all help me to understand that the season that starts this Sunday is about preparing my spirit for the most special thing – for Christians – that ever was. We prepare for Christmas – we…

Clergy Confessional (14) – A New Beginning?

Billy Joel famously sang, “The good old days weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.” Our recent presidential election was, in many ways, a challenge to America. It was a choice between the hope of going back to the “good old days” or maintaining the status quo. While Sec. Clinton won…