Clergy Confessional (56) God First

As we look forward to the 242nd birthday of America, I find myself thinking about this experiment of democracy. I love history, and I read the Constitution regularly (lots of discussion about it, so I think it is good to be aware of what it says). I am in no way an expert on these…

Clergy Confessional (55) Getting Along

I have friends of many persuasions – religions, politics, races, genders, sexual orientations (probably more)- who have been in my life at different times and in different places. They often disagree with one another on Facebook, and these disagreements can be healthy – or not. There are a couple of people who, if they met…

Clergy Confessional (54) Telling the Truth

For years I have been saying that one of the church’s biggest problems is that we are not honest. We – all denominations – allow clergy to do some pretty bad stuff, and all we do is move them or allow them to resign quietly. We are not alone in this – the #MeToo movement…

Clergy Confessional (53) CINO

In a recent Facebook conversation with some very smart people, there was a comment about so-called Christians (like Franklin Graham, to name one) who seem to be behaving in ways that are contrary to the teachings of Jesus. It isn’t that they are thinking differently (I admit to doing that all the time), or that…

Clergy Confessional (52) Theocracy

I have always considered myself a free-thinker who is open to new ideas, and I appreciate that trait in others. I don’t accept ideas or statements on face value (much to the dismay of those around me, at times) and I like to know why people believe what they do. I – like you –…

Clergy Confessional (51) – Cheap Grace

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of my heroes, and before he died at the hands of the Nazis at the age of 39, we was a prolific author and respected theologian. His best work (at least, according to me) is a book called “The Cost of Discipleship”. There is a much quoted passage that was not…

Clergy Confessional (50) 2nd Chances

This past Sunday I was part of a team in charge of a program about 2nd chances. We had speakers who had been incarcerated, as well as people who were immigrants. The stories were so meaningful and inspiring, and yet, so sad. For most of our speakers, they were on their 4th, 5th and beyond…

Clergy Confessional (49) — Toxic Faith

Two things that came across my screen this morning that have me riled up about Christians who seem to be a bit confused about Jesus. 1 – It seems that a bill making it harder for children to be married has been blocked by Republicans in Kentucky. This bill would have made these marriages possible…

Clergy Confessional (48) Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I love this country – it is a place of greatness and plenty. I fly the American flag proudly and believe that kneeling during the National Anthem, while Constitutionally acceptable, is rude. You may disagree with me – I respect your right to free thought and speech. This is how I feel. I am also…

Clergy Confessional (47) Life is Short

Most of us can agree that the title of this blog – Life is Short – is a truism of major importance. I came to this conclusion at an early age, and have kept it in mind for decades. You never when your end will come – you never know if you will see someone…