Happy 17th Anniversary!

A friend of mine recently commented to me, “Are you aware that you are the only person I know who never, ever trash-talks about their spouse?” There’s a reason for that. I was very, very picky about the person I married – and so was she. Neither of us knew… Continue reading

How I Can Be a Christian

How can you be a Christian?  How can you be a pastor? I suppose, as a socially progressive, academic clergyperson who lives in the Deep South, it is hardly surprising that I get asked these questions…a lot.  When someone learns that I teach that the Christian Scriptures are a collection… Continue reading

Happy Fathers Day!

When I was very young, I quickly realized that popular perceptions of what it means to be a “Dad” did not jive with how my own father went about the job. Every day of my life, I have always known that being my dad was the single most important thing… Continue reading

On Loyalty and Secrecy

  Many of my friends – all fellow liberals – have been shocked by the vehemence with which I have condemned Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.  Because of my generally liberal politics, their assumption is that I would value the men’s apparent act of conscience – their desire to see… Continue reading

First Sunday in Advent

If we spend our lives waiting for that big chance to live out that hope, the opportunity for us to make a “real” difference, we miss the thousands of moments where we could have taken just a tiny bit of hate, anger, bigotry, or ignorance out of the world and replaced it with a little kindness, grace, or wisdom. Continue reading