Where We Live: A Reflection for Holy Saturday

This is where we live; shrouded in darkness Bearing the indelible marks of death Saturday. Blackened Saturday. Hope of Sunday morning’s light breaking through, Nowhere to be found. This is where we live; in shock, in grief Coping with our well worn mechanisms Food, drink, sex, idle chatter, work When my mom was dying, my…

Failing Exegesis with John

“While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them. Although he had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in him. This was to fulfill the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah:…

Is the Dream Still Alive? (MLK DAY 2015)

In the last quarter of 2014 the issues of institutionalized racism, unequal treatment of Blacks by the police, and unequal sentencing for people of color in comparison to whites, were all brought to the forefront of the American conversation, on the news as well as social media: blogs, Facebook and Twitter. But nothing happens in…

Dream

A few of you know that in addition to being an underemployed pastor I am also a poet and spoken word artist. I try to perform at least once each week in one of the fine establishments around Grand Rapids that host open mic nights: Stella’s Lounge, Eastown Hookah Lounge, or Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge. This last Friday I had the…

Golden Calf or Light Unto the Path?

“We believe in a traditionally Christian sexual ethic: that God created human beings male and female, and that any sexual intimacy outside of a faithful, lifelong marital union of a man and woman is contrary to His plan.” It is not important which one of the many tens of thousands of anti-LGBTQ equality websites the…

The Heart of Worship

Nothing New Under the Sun Church participation is in decline. It’s certainly not a new story. The old narrative (at least in some circles) was that we were finally feeling the aftershock of the Fundamentalist–Modernist Controversy of the 1920’s and 30’s. Mainline churches offered a watered down “liberal” theology some argued. The contention was that…