When my father left when I was nine, my God was a fathering God, a parenting God, one who takes space in my home, in my surroundings, in my everyday experience. I knew the God of the Southern Baptist tradition and the God of the nondenominational church, and then the God of my Native American ancestors, all speaking to me—still.
I haven’t been smiling much lately. In fact, I’ve been tearing up a lot. And not just because I lived through desegregation here in Tennessee girded in hope, yet now fear the destruction of my nation’s ideals at the hands of white supremacists and sixth-grade-style bullies (with fourth-grade reading levels). This near-crying thing is strange … Continue reading Watching the “Christian” Responses to a Local Mosque Getting Burned Down
We Christians would like to think that, within Christian community, we are kinder to each other. We would like to think that we are better at “doing unto others.” Dear church, here’s the truth: we are not exempt from sexual harassment. We are not immune from sexual abuse. The sound of #MeToo echoes within the … Continue reading 21 Stories of Pastors Being Sexually Harassed & Abused Inside Their Churches #MeToo
This occurred in a training session that was supposed to be helping pastors be ethical when it comes to human sexuality. We pastors know we have a problem, but we think it’s a few bad apples. It is not. It is both an ancient and an ongoing problem.
The proclamations of the ancient Hebrew prophet Nahum make it easy to reduce the world to “us” and “them.” The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness. – Nahum … Continue reading The Hebrew Prophets & Our Modern Desire for An Angry God
Here’s how a typical day used to go for me I wake up and check my phone. NEWS FLASH: Trump’s Tweets, Russia, DACA, Neo-Nazis. My heart breaks and I feel helpless. I listen to NPR on my way to work and I get the details about today’s news. At work I listen to my clients … Continue reading Make a Sabbath Plan to Avoid Political Burnout