Category Archives: culture

As much as we’d like to see Nazis get punched in the face

As much as we’d like to see Nazis get punched in the face, It’s wrong to punch people in the face. Even racist, bigoted, Nazis. Even racist bigots who feel emboldened by the support of the President of the United … Continue reading

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Stress

Life is stressful. The news is stressful. All forms of social media are stressful. Finances, college funds, finding a new job, car repairs, relationships, family — the list goes on and on. Internal issues like fear and insecurity can create … Continue reading

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Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and a cat

During the week before Christmas last year, my Facebook page lit up like a Christmas tree. Every hour the interaction and reach grew, and then grew faster. Increasing by more than 1,000 percent. The page reached 2.3 million people and … Continue reading

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What masks do you wear to hide your authentic self?

What makes us who we are? I’m not talking about the roles we fill — doing work, raising children, being a spouse, a friend, or a member of the choir. What person are we as we perform the roles of … Continue reading

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Who is thankful for you?

If that’s how they talk to each other in public, I thought, I can’t imagine how they speak to one another at home. I was at the grocery a few days before Thanksgiving. Another middle age couple passed by, arguing … Continue reading

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American patriarchy

Across the American landscape men are losing their jobs amid revelations of sexual misconduct, some of it illegal, all of it immoral examples of a bigger issue. Republican politicians face accusations of sex crimes, and a pathetic portion of Christians … Continue reading

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Celtic Christianity

I had a great conversation recently with John Philip Newell. John Philip is one of the world’s leading experts on Celtic Christianity. All Celtic Christian services I have attended have been similar: quietly contemplative, prayerfully pensive and filled with moving … Continue reading

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Resolutions

In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and Martin Luther nailing his 95 thesis to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, my church recorded our hopes and wishes for the future of the congregation and … Continue reading

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The crisis in the U.S. church

“How can you be a Christian and support abortion?” “How can you be a Christian and support Trump?” Seemingly simple, the distance between the questions is massive, made wider by  Christology, pneumatology, eschatology and Biblical hermeneutic. Simple questions are seldom … Continue reading

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Bapu

In a world growing more violent, filled with those who accept violence as the cost of living in the world, our thoughts should turn to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Better known as Mahatma. Great Soul. Born Oct. 2, 1869, he was … Continue reading

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Jesus is on the side of the oppressed

Jesus is with the people on the fringe of the culture who demand to be treated with respect and dignity. He is always on the side of the marginalized victims. Jesus is with refugees and minorities. Jesus supports the meek … Continue reading

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Eclipse

Did you see this Facebook profile frame for the eclipse? This was a sponsored ad from the Institute for Creation Research. It was a paid ad from a religious organization, and most Facebook users had no idea. Who is ICR? … Continue reading

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