Don’t Let the Radicals Win


Yesterday Brian McLaren, an emergent Christian thinker I deeply respect, published an essay on calling out Islamophobic evangelicals. I posted it on my Facebook page and, as if he was trying to prove McLaren’s point, an evangelical friend of mine insinuated that Muslims are unique in reacting violently to provocations like the anti-Islam video […]

Praying God’s Wrath?


Every morning, Monday through Friday, there is a prayer service at Fourth Church. We read scriptures from the daily lectionary, read the day’s story from the PC(USA) Mission Yearbook, and pray for members of our community and beyond. Today, one of the suggested psalms was Psalm 5, which today’s leader read once as in lectio […]

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 […]

An Unremitting Struggle

Several weeks ago, I visited the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis while on our Senior High Justice Journey.  The very first exhibit was called “Unremitting Struggle”.  I wrote that phrase down in my trip journal and thought about it numerous times throughout the week. Civil rights, justice, and peace—these are all involved in the […]