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Your Inner Good Samaritan

“AND…WHO AM I?”

This is the unspoken question the religious lawyer quizzing Jesus never asks.

I really wish he had. Because I need the answer to this question, and so do you.

I’m talking about the Parable of the Good…

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I am going down with the ship.

“I am going down with the ship.”

I can’t speak for everyone. I can only speak for me. I can’t fault any other choice anyone else might make.
All I am saying is: If Texas goes down, I’m going down…

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White American Christianity’s Tribal Flaw

“Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God.”
— John 16:2

When your icon of the enemy is complete
you will be able to kill

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Open Letter To Our Pride Flag Vandal

To the Pride Flag Vandal,

I don’t know who you are.

I don’t know your motivations.

I don’t know why you chose to cut down our KPUMC Pride Flag from the flagpole on our property.

But I thought I’d write…

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What Divorce Professionals Can Teach the UMC

For some years, I’ve been telling you I sensed a “split” was coming in the UMC, but that I couldn’t predict just how that would happen. Ideally, a split would be affected by an orderly process, authorized by the General…

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Once Upon A Time

Today, all over America, fans will pour into stadiums to watch their favorite college teams.
In many locales —urban and rural, in Red and Blue states— fans will submit to a “clear bag” rule, and possibly even a scan or…

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Faithspotting: Echo, Part 1

Pretty excited to be a part of this podcast, with friends Kenny Dickson and Mike Hatch. Since I’m both a songwriter and preacher, they invited me to to talk about the great documentary “Echo in the Canyon.”
It traces the…

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Connecting the Dots of Yesterday

Don’t ever again tell me “the parties are the same.”
Don’t ever again tell me “non-violent action doesn’t work.”
Don’t ever again tell me “elections don’t matter.”

These are the three biggest lies — the three greatest disincentives to…

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Our Flag Is Still There

I’ve been dubious about The National Anthem and our flag, for several years now…having been stunned to learn the Anthem’s racists verses (the ones we never sing…) and having been deeply impressed by the “Take a Knee” movement regarding the…

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The Tribe of Everybody Else

A Message To White America

“Let me put it this way, there were a number of folks who got up on the floor and gave the same speech, you know that night…while there was a crime scene investigation and a

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