Our new house has a flag pole holder on the front porch and I plan to fly an American flag tomorrow for the Fourth of July. It feels like a big deal to me because I've had mixed feeling about flying the flag over the years. I grew up pledging allegiance to the flag every morning at the beginning of … Read more about Flying Flags
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 … Read more about Forfeiting Power
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 … Read more about On So-Called “Religious Freedom” Legislation
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, … Read more about Who Are You?
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 … Read more about What to do with “Sisters and Brothers”?
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 … Read more about Playing at Presbyterianism
Last week, when I laid out my hopes for the Progressive Youth Ministry conference I'm organizing with the JoPa Group, I mentioned that one of my goals is to directly address issues and topics that simply don't get discussed at most (or any) other youth ministry conferences. High on this list is … Read more about Putting the T in Progressive Youth Ministry
For some reason or another, I have always had a schedule conflict for the Chicago Pride Parade. This year, as I was wrapping up my duties at church on Sunday morning, I noticed an email from my good friend Polly passing on an open invitation to walk in the parade with the Chicago Coalition of … Read more about My First Pride Parade Experience