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 […]

Tracing Change in the Holy Land

Already, on this second day of being back in Israel, I’m realizing that this trip won’t just be a revisiting of a special time from my past. My experience so far has been very much in the present moment. I am a different person than I was 13 years ago. Now I am a pastor […]

What Would You Do?

Yesterday at our 4:00 Jazz Service, we focused on the parable of the Good Samaritan.  At some recent youth events I have introduced this parable with clips from the ABC news series What Would You Do? This show is a fascinating examination of ethics that uses hidden cameras to see how real people will respond […]