Clergy Movement: Do They Know What They’re Getting Into?

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  Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen a plethora of announcements about the employment of fellow clergy in new positions. Without fail, the photo is always of a smiling minister. Underneath, there is inevitably a list of credentials and an overzealous statement about institutional growth. Earlier this week, two announcements garnered my attention. After […]

Those Confederate Flags in De Leon


  *I wrote the following letter to the editor for the people of De Leon, Texas after a recent visit.   Beauty reaches out and grabs you. I experience it every time. I see it. I feel it. I hear it. The land speaks. The fields sway. The sky never stops. I could go on […]

On Silence


  Growing up, I was told that I needed to have a daily time of silence. In college, I was told I needed to meet God in the silence. In seminary, I was told that silence is a spiritual discipline. Now, I’m told that silence should be at the core of my spiritual life. Please, […]

We are not Christians…


  With five children, I spend an excess amount of time saying silly things to them. Last week, I was joking around with my son Phillip and said, “We are Christians and Christians pick up their toys.” Phillip replied emphatically, “We are not Christians!” Surprised by his sharp reply, I questioned, “What are we then?” […]

The Execution of Our Conscience


When the time comes to consecrate communion, most celebrants approach the altar and read from a prepared liturgy. In the moment when Jesus is supposed to be closest to us, I have always felt like the consecration of communion is a time to explain what the incarnation means. Based on Jesus’ promise to inhabit the […]

Islam, Rihanna & the Surprise of Belief


  There are many days I wake up and know that I am going to be a little crazed today and perhaps for a few weeks or months if it lingers.  My brain simply feels different.  I act and think differently too.  I was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder a few years ago.  In my […]