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Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor.   What I would preach after Paris and BeirutThe birth pangs of a new world by Derrick L. Weston As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what… Read more »

Rough Drafts

Towards vulnerability and transformation in the church   The parable of the 1 percent churchWhat might Jesus say about our churches’ process of selecting a pastor? by Mihee Kim-Kort And the disciples came to Jesus each asking: “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus told them another parable: “There was a church that sought a pastor to… Read more »

Living In Between

Adventures of a Presbyterian pastor on a Jesuit campus   I don’t knowI may not know how to solve the terrorism that struck Paris and Beirut, but I do know something about Christ, and about love, and about relationships that cross boundaries. by Abby King-Kaiser I don’t know. A student much smarter than me once… Read more »

Not Quite Right

One slightly unhinged pastor’s attempt to love (and laugh with) a slightly unhinged church, from the inside out.   We assume too much . . . and not enough Can we tell a better story about those different from us? by Joshua Bower Pardon the not-exactly-church-appropriate language, but here’s a saying I love: “When you… Read more »

The No Shame Zone

One young person’s subversive thoughts on church and society   Please don’t shame my griefReflections on the violence in Paris and Beirut by Tad Hopp This weekend, my Facebook and Twitter feeds exploded with prayers, grief, and French flags in the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris that have left at least 129 people… Read more »

justleros = more than just nonsense or disparates

A space for a contemporary woman disciple to give voice to justice concerns in a world where some still think that women’s words are just leros (Greek for “nonsense”) or, in Spanish, disparates   ‘You say that I am a king’A resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on John 18:33–37 by Magdalena I. García Then Pilate… Read more »

Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor.   We’re all God’s childrenWhat I feel, as a black father, when I see a South Carolina police officer throw a teenage girl across a room by Derrick L. Weston Ever since my divorce and subsequent… Read more »

Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when?   Today’s RevelationA poem about demoting God, based on Revelation 14:13 by Rose Niles They rest fromtheir laborsand their worksdo follow     do followmein this thoughtwe are busting     out of our seamswith businessthat we have     stolen from Godperhaps we     have demoted Godto functionaryjust a topper on the cakebut the cake is of… Read more »

justleros = more than just nonsense or disparates

A space for a contemporary woman disciple to give voice to justice concerns in a world where some still think that women’s words are just leros (Greek for “nonsense”) or, in Spanish, disparates   Birth pangsA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on 1 Samuel 2:4–8 by Magdalena I. García The bows of the mighty are… Read more »

Souls of White Folks

A white man’s frank and repentant exploration of how racism finds a home in white folks’ souls.   Perpetually numbed and easily shockedWhy the white soul remains untransformed in the face of so much racial injustice by Jeffrey A. Schooley Writing these columns for the past half-year has revealed to me what I only instinctually… Read more »