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The Night Everything Gets Real

I am standing in front of the White House in Washington DC. It’s a warmer-than-average day, and there are 113 other souls, mostly clergy, standing with me. The throngs of ordinary tourists and sightseers have been pushed back to a wide perimeter around us by the Federal police whose job it is to secure the White House area. Squad cars are everywhere. Paddy wagons pull up. A bus arrives. And, all along, an authoritative voice of the Powers that Be speaks ... Read More »

A Small, Beautiful Thing…Why We Marched

On the day after #MegaMarch2017 let me tell you another small, beautiful story about what it means to be “Church.” We had great worship, yesterday morning at church. And that was beautiful. Palm Sunday, and all. And then, almost 30 of us marched at the MegaMarch downtown. That was powerful. Big thrill of the day for me? Literally marching right behind Martin Luther King III, in a line, arm and arm with friends like Imam Omar Sulieman and Rev. Michael Bowie. That ... Read More »

I Am A Christmas Christian

(Warning: This post contains adult language) I am a Christmas Christian. I’ve known this for decades now. But only now do I feel brave enough to say it boldly. Because, in many Christian circles, it’s almost like heresy to not say “I’m an Easter Christian.” I’m one of those too. I love Easter. I come to appreciate the metaphor of death and resurrection more every year. I understand —-although I personally find no meaning, whatsoever– in the metaphor of “atonement theology.” I am a ... Read More »

We Did Not Ask For This Room

“We did not ask for this room or this music.We were invited in.Therefore, because the dark surrounds us,let us turn our faces to the light.Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty.We have been given pain to be astounded by joy.We have been given life to deny death.We did not ask for this room or this music.But because we are here, let us dance.” — Stephen King and Bridgett Carpenter I finally binged-watched “11.22.63” this week. It’s got me thinking ... Read More »

Sermon In Response to the Dallas Shootings

Photo: David Worthington This is different, isn’t it? We’ve been here before. We’ve been in church, the Sunday after some mass shooting…somewhere…and we’ve viscerally felt the horror and the shock. You’ve heard me preach on those Sundays. But this is so different. This is our home. Our city. Violence toward our police. In our downtown, where some of us live, and some of us work. Places we visit often. The grief is great. And, even closer that that, our two Northaven members who are part of ... Read More »

The Story at the Door

Sometimes the whole story of our faith, our culture, and this great political divide between us all is made manifest in small moments that speak to you…small moments that tell big stories. That happened to me as I stood at the door after worship on Sunday. One of the very first couples of shake my hand was an older couple, man and woman, who had been visiting for some weeks now. He shook my hand, but he was frustrated and roiling ... Read More »

Sermon In Respose to the Dallas Shootings

Photo: David Worthington This is different, isn’t it? We’ve been here before. We’ve been in church, the Sunday after some mass shooting…somewhere…and we’ve viscerally felt the horror and the shock. You’ve heard me preach on those Sundays. But this is so different. This is our home. Our city. Violence toward our police. In our downtown, where some of us live, and some of us work. Places we visit often. The grief is great. And, even closer that that, our two Northaven members who are part of ... Read More »

Signs That Are More Than Ink On Paper

When I was a kid, there was a program called “Helping Hands” that was supposed to help kids feel safe. The idea was that families would put a paper sign inside the front windows of their house. The sign was a very simple hand print. The theory was that if a kid was ever walking down the street, and felt like they were in danger, they could run to a house with that sign, ring the bell, and ... Read More »

Written Down in Blood and Ink

“Place these words I’m speaking on your heart and in your very being. Tie them on your hand as a sign.” Deuteronomy 11:16 I pulled the trigger. I got my tattoo. As I’ve been threatening to do for months now, I got the words “Fear Not” in Biblical Greek inked on my left inside forearm. The words are from my favorite chapter of the Bible; Luke 2. And these are among my favorite verses… “The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news ... Read More »

Of Bathrooms and Johnny Manziel

Eric’s video message for this week, talking about the fake danger of Trans people and bathrooms, verses the very real dangers of domestic violence.       Filed under: Read More »

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