A Prayer of Gratitude for Marriage Equality

May we hear the echoes of your laughter in our own cries of joy at the welcome of our brothers and sisters. In celebrating love, may we come more fully into the knowledge of the love of Christ, which surpasses all understanding. Continue reading

Pondering the Cross

In the eighth chapter of Mark, Jesus is finally revealed to be the “Messiah,” one anointed by the Creator to change the world on behalf of the created.  Jesus immediately explains to his followers that being the anointed one of God means he will suffer rejection and pain to the… 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

Easter Wishes

The earliest gospel account closes with the mystery of an empty tomb. The disciples found themselves at a loss to understand how to move forward without the teacher and friend who had claimed to be the Son of God but died the brutal death of an executed criminal. Later accounts… Continue reading