Capital Punishment at Eastertide

On 21 April, jurors in Boston will decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, who has been convicted in his role in the Boston Marathon bombing two years ago. He is subject to the death penalty, and, a bit over a week ago, on the Comedy Central series “The Nightly Show,” host Larry Wilmore spoke of […]

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Good Friday, 2015

All the cacophony: traffic in and out of the city; crying tourist babies, hushing tourist parents; troops changing the guard, marching, shuffling, barking (after all, a show of force keeps things safe); deliveries, the wheels groaning under the cargo as everybody tries to be done with work before sunset. The hucksters are hawking wares (of […]

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Lent 3, 2015

“Destroy this Temple . . .” What? An act of vandalism? I would never do that. “Destroy this Temple . . .” Desecrate a holy place? I never even take coffee into church. “Destroy this Temple . . .” But it’s an institution! A landmark! I only have a problem with radicals, like you. “Destroy […]

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Deconstructing Psalms

[As part of our Lenten journey, some of us at That Reformed Blog are blogging through the Lectionary. One of today’s readings is Psalm 19.]   God has been speaking since before time. Long before the invention of writing (about 3200 BC in Sumer and Egypt, 1200 BC in China, and 600 BC in Mesoamerica[i]) […]

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A Love Song in Hungry Days

Love, coming as a baby, placed us upon a throne. Weak and self-insufficient, that Love became our own, all inhibitions shed, a meal for all creation served in the House of Bread. Love we were not expecting (though it had been foretold) finds us afraid, defensive, so angry, empty, cold and offers warmth instead: the […]

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All Things Being Equal

On Friday Arizona became the 31st marriage equality state. In a way it was anticlimactic; a judge stated that Arizona’s ban against same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, and the attorney general decided not to appeal further. Ta-da! Since I am a Christian pastor, many folks assume that I am (or should be) morally outraged about this […]

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On the Death of a Church

It was the first time that I had walked into the doors and sat near the back for the duration of the worship service. Being a pastor, I am typically at the front. I usually have tasks to do, responsibilities to which to attend. But today was different. I was not there as their pastor, […]

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Got Questions? We Have Answers.

I have deep roots in many different expressions of Christianity. As a result, I hear a lot of phrases that only make sense if you’re on the “inside” of that particular group. In recent months though, I’ve continued to encounter and wrestle with a phrase that needs some unpacking. It usually sounds something like this… […]

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Living Faithfully

I’m reading a book right now that’s making me angry. The subject matter is one of those “hot button” issues in Christianity right now, and the way I feel reminds me of a quote from a book I read back in college. In Richard J. Mouw’s Uncommon Decency, he writes: “There they all stand, bumper-to-bumper, […]

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