A Progressive Blog for Folk Stuck in a Conservative Box

Poem: After the Riots

I’d like to see the rain come Gentle and warm Reviving the chipmunk Our dog killed last week Or healing the nation Grieving its inability

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The Problem with Debt

“Are you in debt so as to embarrass the ministry?” There is a reason for that question. Integrity is integrity. When we are in severe

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Pastors and Politics

I think we have to value compassion, character, and the heart for justice as core biblical values. If we advocate for these things consistently, then

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Transition and Aging

Aging seems gradual and inevitable, a biological process afflicting all of humanity equally. The truth is not only more complex, but radically other. We watch

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A Prophet?

I think of Martin Luther King as a modern prophet. It’s been said that if the canon of scripture wasn’t closed, his Letter from a Birmingham

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Dumb Fish

I think a fish could avoid getting caught if he learned to bite the fisherman instead of the bait. With this week’s shooting we have

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Speaking about Abusers

I once preached about David and Bathsheba on a dare (II Samuel 11). It was during the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal. The dare was that

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Generational Theory

I discovered this week that I share certain religious views with Steve Bannon (the man responsible for Trump). Like Bannon, I have a religious appreciation

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Aversion and Politics

Lately I have been struggling to understand the negative emotion, “aversion.” It is never helpful or right to react with our gut to the appearance

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Future Goals

One of the effects of the church growth movement and our current loss of membership is to bring to the fore experts who emphasize goal

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Sparrows and Stakeholders

Every nonprofit organization or church has one or more stakeholders. These stakeholders may be wealthy individuals, major funding sources, or the charitable group’s home office.

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Is Trump a Pharisee?

In Jesus’ day, Pharisees were well respected social leaders, involved in the political process. They had a specific agenda for making Israel great again. The

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