The Pastoral Is Political: Doing Our Best to Breathe

I realized something as I watched the Derek Chauvin trial last week, while simultaneously preparing for Holy Week messages. George Floyd’s death had something in common with the death of Jesus Christ. First, both were executed by their government, or by select individuals acting on behalf of their government, anyway. Another similarity, which I could… Read More

The pastor is political: global citizens

I had just started taking a weekly training online when Covid-19 shut down the entire world. It was a small group of people who gathered on Thursdays to learn to mentor coach, and I was the only student born in the United States. My classmates dialed in from China, India, Belgium, and Atlanta, Georgia. As… Read More

Pastoral is Political: The Kingdom of Heaven is Like….

The Kingdom of heaven is like… ….a treasure hidden in a field (Matthew 13:44) …a vineyard, where no one is to late to join in the work and the reward (Matthew 20:1-6) Image ….a grain of mustard that grows into the largest plant, a tree, where the birds of the air can build their nest… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Normal Never Existed

Hi. Thanks for coming.  I’ve been wanting to have this talk with you for a while. What I want to say is a bit awkward, but I hope you’ll hear me out with an open mind. There are some things that need to be said and I just can’t be quiet about them anymore.  Here’s… Read More

The Pastor is Political: Preaching and the Passion

The niceties were over. The Fettucine was half gone when she took her gloves off. The nonagenarian from the Victory Class invited me to lunch at The Olive Garden. I smelled a rat from the get-go. “Dear, I invited you to lunch because I have a request,” she began. “What I am asking is, would… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: About That Vaccine Queue

It was the close of our worship committee zoom, as we shared joys and concerns before closing in prayer. Faces lit up with hope and joy as they described claiming an elusive appointment or actually getting jabbed with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. I shared my gratitude for the science that is about… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Inauguration Day

Author’s Note: Here in the United States, today is Inauguration Day for our 46th President. My thoughts come from my reflection on my nation’s struggles, but I pray that they speak to yours as well. Today I remembered a Christmas carol we sang just a few weeks ago, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”… Read More