Can Anything Good Come Out Of…?

From the April 8, 1965 issue of Jet Magazine

I preached this sermon yesterday at the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The context is MLK weekend and the scripture reading was John 1:43-51. One time when I was in high school my family took a weekend trip to New Orleans and spent most of our time in the French Quarter. It […]

Debating Ferguson

Ferguson Needs You

A few days ago I shared a Facebook link about a clergy-led non-violent act of resistance in Ferguson, MO next week and asked if anyone from Chicago was planning on going. It generated quite a debate between one of my oldest friends—who happens to be a police officer in Atlanta—and one of my new friends—who […]

A Bird’s Eye View of Segregated America

Chicago Race Map

Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Reflecting on Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation 100 years before, King began his speech with a sobering reminder of what had not changed in the century following the emancipation of American slaves: But one […]

Some Thoughts on the End of DOMA

Maundy Thursday Equality

As an American citizen, I’m very pleased about the Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. As I’ve noted many times on this blog, marriage equality is a civil rights issue and there is no civil basis for preventing American citizens from enjoying the legal benefits […]

Paul’s Opinion on Marriage

Photo by Andrew Malone

Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:25-31 Reflection It’s no easy thing for 21st century people of faith to consult religious writings from the first century on matters of sexual ethics—or any ethics for that matter. It doesn’t take much historical digging to conclude that the social, political, and religious contexts of these two time periods are very […]