Jesus Wept- In Defense of DACA

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me” Matthew 25:35(b) It is the easiest parts of the Bible to understand that are the hardest ones to live out. As the Trump administration prepares to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) I have a hard time seeing how Christians would support this action. If anything,… Continue reading Jesus Wept- In Defense of DACA

My Top 5 List(s) for 2016

It’s been a difficult year for many with such a divisive election, a spirit of fear hanging in the air, and the loss of so many cherished people that made a mark on culture and society. Perhaps the end of year lists that get published this time of year will bring us some collective joy.… Continue reading My Top 5 List(s) for 2016

The Work of Christmas

This appeared today as the Christmas Day devotion for my congregation. Sandy Springs Christian Church.  The child is here, and through him the whole world rejoices. I think we love Christmas Day so much because the world stops. We have some time to simply be. What a wonderful gift! Tomorrow, life will begin again, in… Continue reading The Work of Christmas

Membership Has No Privilege

Jesus said to everyone, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me. 24  All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will save them.  Luke 9:23-24 I read church signs. I think… Continue reading Membership Has No Privilege

3 Resolutions for the Church

The following are three resolutions for 2016 that I offer for the Church universal. While this is no means an exhaustive list, it's hard to work on more than three items of transformation at once. I also believe if we get these right, we will get a lot of other things right as well.  … Continue reading 3 Resolutions for the Church

The First Birth Annoucement

We love to get birth announcements in the mail. The announcement usually arrives with a picture of the baby, the proud parents and sister and brothers' names and their weight and height. For a baseball card comparison, it's life's rookie card. Jesus' parents didn't have to send out a birth announcement because of an angel… Continue reading The First Birth Annoucement

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

I get it. I really do. The recent terror attacks abroad and the Syrian refugee crisis is a tough issue. Our elected leaders have a really difficult task, in terms of deciding how to balance welcoming people into our country while maintaining a level of security that protects our nation. I get it. The terror… Continue reading Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

The Church’s Game 7 Moment

There has been a great article going around the web that originated with the Humans of New York site, written by a women in New York studying to be a rabbi. She makes the correlation between being in the crowd at an important baseball game and feeling the emotion and contentedness that comes when people… Continue reading The Church’s Game 7 Moment

Not Knowing What to Say, But Saying It Anyway- Random Thoughts on Gun Violence

To be honest, I am not quite sure what to say. Perhaps that is not the best way to start a blog where you are trying to say something. So, this may seem like a post made up of random thoughts. I think that's okay. I know many people do have a lot to say when… Continue reading Not Knowing What to Say, But Saying It Anyway- Random Thoughts on Gun Violence

#Kellyonmymind, the Bible, and Capital Punishment

Today is a sad day because one of God's children, one of God's beloved, has been executed by the state of Georgia. Capital Punishment is nothing new of course; Jesus was executed by the empire, the prevailing kingdom of the day. Kelly Gissendaner's story was unique in that is was not her crime that was… Continue reading #Kellyonmymind, the Bible, and Capital Punishment