Ask the Matriarch: Former Member Still Stirring the (Anger) Pot

After a member leaves the church, but continues to engage angrily with the pastor and the congregation . . . what’s a pastor to do? Dear Matriarchs: Several months ago a family left our church because they couldn’t see how our church’s commitments to LGBTQ+ inclusion is faithful to the gospel. We thought they had… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God of the Many Doors, Open Hallways, Closed Windows- As we face choices both large and small, Grant us your wisdom. May the clarity that arrives when we focus on you Strengthen our minds and our vision. Our stomachs churn and our head aches From hours upon hours of worry and wonder. Dissolve our anxiety-driven… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Whiteness, Immigration, and Who Gets to Be Considered Made in God’s Image

A number of months ago, I did some Googling.  Maybe it was because of some actions or tweets by Kim Kardashian regarding her Armenian advocacy or appropriating another culture.  Or maybe I was just curious to figure out where the word Caucasian originated.  Either way, I found this article: “How Armenian Americans Became ‘White’: A… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Teach us to pray

There are some really interesting options in the RCL passages this week –  What’s in a name, in Hosea; Restoration and forgiveness in Psalm 85; What happens when a community forgets God in Genesis; Building on Christ’s foundation in Colossians and Teach us to pray in the gospel. Richness and diversity on a plate. What… Read More

RCL: God’s Got Us Covered

Many years ago, I sent out post cards to about 400 senior high youth that said the following: Would you marry a prostitute? Come to Sunday School and find out. Needless to say, I received a number of phone calls from concerned parents. I also had a full Sunday school class for a few weeks.… Read More