The Pastoral Is Political: Do You Do The Dance?

It’s part of the game. Or the dance. Or whatever it is you call the interview process in our field. Or, I mean, the call search process in this vocation. However you want to say it, we all know it is there and we all contribute to it. Politically correct church lingo. That obnoxious stream… Read More

The Pastoral is Political – A Gospel of Policing: Serve with Integrity

Luke 3:14 Soldiers Police officers asked John the Baptizer, God’s servant, “And we, what should we do (since we have been moved by the Gospel to be baptized)?” S/he said to them, “Serve with integrity.”* *Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages. When I was an army chaplain… Read More

Wednesday Festival: There Is No Peace

They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace. They acted shamefully, they committed abomination; yet they were not ashamed, they did not know how to blush. (Jeremiah 6:14-15) Without even a blush of embarrassment, the non-indictment was announced. Without even a hint of shame, “peace” was scolded… Read More

The Pastoral is Political- Sit Down and Wait

“Who’s ready to get arrested?” That’s what the lady was yelling when I found my seat. I had walked in to the church gym to find a whole herd of people sitting on the floor, linked arm-in-arm. Blank name tags were strewn about the plastic covered banquet tables that hovered above them. Just outside the… Read More

#fergusonoctober

Here’s a follow-up from RevGal Erin Counihan to her Monday Extra post. Thanks to Erin for sharing her photos and experiences with us. Activists and organizations have come to St Louis from all over to be a part of protests, marches, acts of civil disobedience, lectures, worship services, trainings, panel discussions and meetings. We, this… Read More

Monday Extra: This Night in the Middle – a pastor writes from the St. Louis protests

She saw my collar and asked me to stand and pray with her. She grabbed my hand and walked me through the crowd. Through the front line. And right into the middle. And he grabbed my hand and we were there. Police in full riot gear to my left and chanting, screaming, crying and singing… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Watching Our Step ~ A Blues for Michael Brown

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -2 Corinthians 3:17 When I was a child, I would accompany my mother as she did her weekend shopping. I would always ask for a candy bar, and she’d buy it for me. But even after paying for it,… Read More