Forfeiting Power


A few more thoughts on so-called “religious freedom” legislation, especially for my Christian sisters and brothers. I have heard it said in these past days that some Christians do not believe that their religious rights should be violated to protect the civil rights of others. Clearly, there are competing rights at stake in this debate. […]

On So-Called “Religious Freedom” Legislation


So-called “religious freedom” legislation in Indiana and Arkansas has been getting a lot of press lately. Critics claim that these bills will make it possible for businesses to legally discriminate against same gender couples. As a citizen of the United States of America (who happens to be a pastor and theologian), I have this to […]

Who Are You?

Photo by Beverley Goodwin

I preached this sermon yesterday, the third Sunday of Advent, at the afternoon jazz service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The scripture readings were Isaiah 61:1-3a; Luke 1:46b-55; John 1:6-8, 19-28. You can listen to an audio recording of it here: Who Are You (12.14.2014) I don’t know about you, but for me—more so than usual—it […]

What to do with “Sisters and Brothers”?


So here is a liturgical language issue that is blowing my mind a little bit and raising lots of questions for me. I recently had a very interesting conversation with a member of my church who has a transgender sibling. Because her sibling does not fully identify with either gender, she made a point of […]

Playing at Presbyterianism

Here Is Its Steeple

Carmen Fowler LaBerge of the Layman recently posted a reflection titled “Commentary on a Comment: ‘People are Going to Hell While You’re Playing at Presbyterianism.” She wrote it after attending the Covenant Network conference on marriage a few weeks ago and last week’s World Outreach Encounter of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Here is how she […]