I’ve said before that I firmly believe that Christmas is the best time of the year for movies and TV specials. Everything from It’s a Wonderful Life to A Charlie Brown Christmas to Elf to the Grinch to A Christmas … Continue reading Christmas Movies and Advent Stories: December 4, 2016
I read “To Kill a Mockingbird” the summer between 8th and 9th grade. It was a hot, Southern summer and my mom and I went into a bookstore to look for some indoor reading. She bought me the book, and … Continue reading Atticus and Me
As Americans we have freedom of speech, which is a glorious thing. I’ve never been a fan of censorship, even when I find something distasteful or hateful. And I would never ask that something I find morally repugnant be banned … Continue reading On Freedom of Speech: What it does and does not mean.
I saw your truck parked in front of the Rite-Aid, right by the Dunkin Donuts. Two large Confederate flags were attached to the back of it, waving in the wind. The American flag was, incongruously (and in violation of the … Continue reading To the Guy Flying a Confederate Flag in Exeter, New Hampshire
Like many of you, I’ve spent the past few days thinking about Charleston. Wednesday night people were gathered at a church. They were studying the Bible, and they were praying. And when a young man came in, they expanded their … Continue reading When It Feels Like Jesus is Asleep at the Wheel: A Sermon on Charleston for June 21, 2015
One day during my first pastorate, back in Vermont, I went to the Post Office to get the church mail. That day there was an envelope with the name of a fake organization on it and no return address. It … Continue reading Why Do the Hateful Choose Our Houses of Worship?
25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, … Continue reading Won’t You Be My Neighbor?: A Sermon on the Good Samaritan for April 12, 2015