My Kids Tell Me Everything I Need to Know About Your Church


A few weeks back, our family opened the doors of an old church and sat down. I was invited to share with the congregation about my work and told that my family was more than welcome. From the moment we walked in, the sneering glances and pursed lips informed us that this congregation was most […]

The Greatest Commandment: Don’t Treat God Like Shit


Jesus was giving a talk at a local hotspot when a couple of pastors showed up. Unable to stomach the words they were hearing, the pastors demanded, “This all sounds like new age mumbo jumbo. What are you really saying? What is the core of your message?” Slowly moving toward the questioners, Jesus replied, “Those […]

When Southern Baptists Get Saved


  Salvation was always such an important part of my upbringing.  We were constantly begged, pushed, prodded and manipulated to go down the aisle.  If I got saved once, I got saved a hundred times.  When the preacher started talking about hell and the rhetorical fires started tickling my toes, I especially felt the tug […]

Stand Up! : Remarks at Dallas Pastors for Texas Children


I have spent a few days thinking about Pastors for Texas Children generally and this meeting in particular.  My thoughts and spirit has consistently been transported to this vision of standing up.  What does it look like to stand up?  What does it look like to have courage?  We have many churches represented and many […]