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Barefoot on Holy Ground

July 26, 2021
I have spent my life studying the Bible and trying to teach it in such a way that students could experience it as living and active in their lives. That is a high bar that more often than not I failed to clear; I was powerless to implement the deeper learning that I desired for my students. I could not make them love anything, or care for anyone, or open their hearts to the word of God. But I could…

Snapchat, Anti-Asian Hate, and Meritocracy

If the snap in question is any indication, many white working-class Americans believe that ethnic identity is destroying meritocracy. According to this logic, being born non-white bestows unfair advantages over white people. Thus, I read the snap my daughter received as a claim of reverse discrimination.
July 12, 2021

Divorce, LGBTQ+ Inclusion, and Kicking the Can Down the Road

How does a denomination resolve sharp differences of opinion? Can the denomination be a big tent where different views are tolerated? Some members insist that the RCA clearly articulate its beliefs about homosexuality, and make sure that all ministers act accordingly. Others insist that RCA members do not agree on this topic and that it is not the role of the denomination to make such statements. Should a denominational statement decide moral questions and church polity?
July 5, 2021

Preaching Eschatologically: How the Form of a Sermon Can Help Stir Up Gospel Hope

Eschatology has traditionally been a doctrine of Christian hope. Somewhere along the way, fire and fear edged out new creation and hope as the basic principles of Christians’ understanding of the end-times.
June 28, 2021

Lunch with My Mother

What I wanted to think about in that moment was this: my mother and I had somehow survived a pandemic and our lives seemed to be getting started again.
June 21, 2021

Disrupting Nature: Both the Problem and the Only Option Left

Elizabeth Kolbert’s "Under a White Sky" finds both violence and beauty in our responses to climate change. But the moral dilemmas will only grow.
June 14, 2021

It Looks Like it all Boils Down to Love, Doesn’t It?

Working with Bible Pride on that sunny spring day, it hit me that scripture itself had been one of those weapons. For thousands, nay millions, of Christian LGBTQ+ people over the years, the very words that are intended to train, encourage, and enliven have been used to shame, abuse, and ultimately even kill.
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Subversion & Sabotage: The Right-to-Life Movement, the Consolidation of Conservsative Power, and the End of Compromise

Right-to-lifers understood the arguments and goals of the women’s movement and were willing to engage with feminists to a certain extent . . . Unfortunately, a growing conservative contingent in the antiabortion movement viewed the women’s movement as an existential threat to their larger goals and actively sabotaged and undermined attempts by right-to-lifers to work with feminist groups.

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Sacred Incipience

Then I saw the tree—dead, fallen years before, limbs snapped raw like broken bones, its trunk a shroud-less corpse still teeming with life.
July 20, 2021

E Pluribus Unum

I measure, saw, drill, and rummage for more scrap wood, the garage air redolent with the sudden grace of Christmas tree, the gift of century-old spruce when cut.
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God touches my mouth and promises, "I'll give you words and fill your head with wisdom. I'll never desert you."
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The Road Not Always A Straight Line

I drive into the plains when the moon is full.
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The Woodchoppers’ Ball

The beasts walk single file, saying hallelujah, eating bones.
June 29, 2021

How To Meet This Difficult Day

Today the prayer is words I can't yet find, words that flit away like spring juncos, like chickadees.

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