The Pastoral is Political: Christ is Lord

In recent months, the doctrine of Christ’s Lordship has frequently come to mind… especially as it was emphasized in a time when dictatorships were on the rise in Europe. An example of this is seen in the Barmen Declaration, a document written in Germany in 1934 by Karl Barth, Hans Asmussen, and Thomas Breit. The Barmen… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: A Call To Be UnPopular

I often wonder how the disciples had the courage to follow Jesus. I’m sure it would have been difficult for them to give up the things in their lives that they relied on for comfort and security. And I think it would have been very difficult for them to go out and proclaim Jesus’ good… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: I Am Racist

Dear white sisters, brothers, siblings: I have a very difficult confession to make. I am racist. I wish so much that I wasn’t. I try so hard not to be. But I am. I think this is such a difficult confession to make because we often think people who are racist are “bad” and are… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Valentine’s Day Edition

Here are a few things to keep in mind this week as we get ready for Valentine’s Day: While Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday for many, it can also be painful, stressful, and lonely for others. There is a lot of pressure in our society to “find a partner, settle down, and have a… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Why I Was Arrested At Moral Mondays IL

On Monday, June 29, 2015, two Lutheran pastors, two Methodist pastors, a rabbi, two community organizers, and a senior citizen got arrested for trespassing in the lobby of Citadel in downtown Chicago during a Moral Mondays Illinois action. I was one of them. …Sounds like a line of a joke, right? Well, it’s not. Illinois… Read More