Outside the Inn with the Shitty God


  *sermon delivered on 12/20/15 at The Beloved Community in Asheville, North Carolina   The incarnation of God is a shitty story. This speaks not of the quality of the story…but rather where the story takes places. Jesus was born in a stable full of shit.   The Christmas story is a strange tale. Don’t […]

The Competent Soul Understands Racism


  I don’t trust people or institutions to connect me to God. I believe that the journey to God is ours alone. There is only one force that can manifest generosity, love and justice in our lives…God. The soul alone is competent in matters of God or righteousness. I first learned about the doctrine of […]

On the Nature of God


*The 2nd in a Series of Conversations between my summer intern Christian Parks and I. J: Christian, I am glad to be returning to this space of formal theological conversation with you. Lately, we have consistently talked about who or what God is. The nature of God has proven to be a topic we return […]

If She Has a Penis…


For over 40 weeks, Emily has carried our son and daughter. We walked all day. With every step, I held Emily’s hand and she engaged every contraction with grit and determination. Over and over, I looked into her eyes and knew that my home will be wherever she is. Despite the pain, today was about […]

LOVE: Wrestling with the Wrestlings of Paul and the Root of Our Self


*Delivered at Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas on 9/18/2014 We are in the midst of a series entitled “Wrestling with Romans.”  I think if we are going to be honest with our self and study the book of Romans then we have to talk about the wrestlings of a Roman […]

A Few Thoughts for My Sons Jeff and Phillip on the Occasion of their Second Birthday


  You are young now.  You can only say a few words.  There will come a time when you will know more words and will be called upon to speak.  I want to write a few words to you before that time comes.   We are the inheritors of a tremendous faith tradition of love […]