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Does Your Faith Guide Your Politics, or Vica Versa? 

I have been asking this question for a very long time, and maybe it should be Part 10 of the “Politics & Morality” series I did the last two weeks. I don’t ask this question in a smug way; I have struggled deeply with this in my own life. I lean left on almost everything,…
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Inactive Members

This might make you mad. In fact, every time I write about this topic, people get mad and cancel me. So be it. It has to be said, on occasion, that part of the reason our congregations are dying is that so many of our actual members are inactive. This is nothing new, in fact,…
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Spiritual Leadership

It was some time around 2014, soon after Pope Francis was elected, that I was at an ecumenical meeting of clergy for something or other. We were having coffee and talking, and I found myself at a table with 3 Catholic priests. The topic of the pope came up, and I said that I was…
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Thoughts During the Pandemic

Stereotypes 

I think that all of us have been victims of stereotyping, which at its best is disrespectful and at its…

Prayer, Part 2

One of the scariest things that can happen to anyone is the 3am phone call. As your grandma always said,…

Walking a Mile in Their Shoes

A couple of women (including my wife) have gently reminded me in past months of my male privilege (if you…

Prayer

Do you pray? If you do, what do you pray for? I was raised on the simplistic idea that when…

Population Control

The earth’s population has doubled since 1974. Maybe you knew this, but when I saw this, it stopped me in…

Real Connection

I was visiting a couple from church the other day, and we were talking a bit about some of the…

Science Deniers

The other day someone posted a comment with a picture – the picture attached to this thought – and said…

Contrition

I have watched most of the special hearings about the January 6th Insurrection, and the level of vile behavior and…

Working Together from Afar

I have mentioned that I attended an online education program about digital ministry, and I found it to be both…

Washing Racism Out of the Church

I was doing some research a couple of years ago and found a disturbing historical connection between the church in…