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

There Is No “War on Christmas”

  I don’t know if you believe in Christmas Or if you have presents underneath the Christmas tree, But if you believe in love, That will be more than enough For you to come and celebrate with me. – Noted theologian Kermit the Frog (using the words of Dan Wheetman)… Continue reading

Chicken Sandwich with a Side of Shame

Yesterday a right-wing,  fundamentalist preacher/politician/media personality urged his fans to go to Chick-fil-A to show their support for the company’s opposition to LGBT rights and same-sex marriage.  Purchasing a chicken sandwich, or refusing to do so, became a political statement leading to some of the most heated discussions I have… Continue reading

Let’s Talk about the Bible

Disagreements with fundamentalists ultimately end with a discussion of the Bible, an area that should be fertile ground for debate.  Unfortunately, social progressives, mainstream Christians, and non-Christians all-too-often surrender the high ground to those who claim to “believe the Bible,” operating on the assumption that social conservatives probably believe more of… Continue reading

Why I Use the Word “Bigot”

So why do I refer to people who deny full inclusion to LGBT persons in their communities as bigots? This is actually a fairly common question raised by those who comment on my various writings and Facebook posts. Here is my response. After fifteen years as an ordained member of… Continue reading