Haiti Church Square

I spent last week on a high school mission trip in Les Cayes, Haiti with 32 youth and 9 other adults (including, for the first time since she was pregnant with our oldest son, my wife). Working through Praying Pelican Missions, we were partnered with the New Jerusalem Church and their pastor, Joas. It was […]

Prayers of the People (7.6.2014)

Photo by Horia Varlan

Gracious God of love, we are grateful that you have revealed yourself to us, each of us loved by you as children, each of us precious in your sight, each of us a reflection of you, each of us bound together by love, which is in fact your presence among us. We come to you, […]

People of the Book


In the same way that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are considered “people of the book,” the American people as a whole are grounded in foundational texts that shape and guide who we are. On national holidays like the Fourth of July, in addition to eating tasty BBQ, I like to revisit relevant historic documents. So […]

American Apartheid

American Apartheid

One of the things that has always bothered me about the PC(USA) divestment debate and our wider discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the unacknowledged hypocrisy of criticisms leveled against Israel. I agree that Palestinians are suffering and I hope for the eventual creation of a viable Palestinian state as part of a negotiated two-state […]

Divesting of Power


Readers of this blog will not be surprised that I was disappointed by the decision of the 221st General Assembly of the PC(USA)—at which I was a voting commissioner—to divest from Hewlett Packard, Motorola Solutions, and Caterpillar because they profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. I have consistently opposed divestment—not because I am […]