Could Halloween Be Just What We Need?

I live in a neighborhood that gets besieged at Halloween. We have sidewalks and streetlights that provide the perfect trick-or-treat set-up. Not only do we have a lot of kids in our neighborhood, but people truck in (or mini-van in) to our neighborhood. We've never been able to buy enough candy to outlast the stream of trick-or-treaters. There are some neighbors who resent the intrusion, but our family loves the ...

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We See You and We Celebrate You

    We see you and we celebrate you We see the good you do We see the love you share We see the people you serve We hear the names people call you Names that we do not recognize or publicize, lest we legitimize For those names don't define you We know you by one name Beloved Child of God Created in God's own image We don't pretend to know your pain But when you hurt, we hurt, too We may not walk in ...

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If you’re a pastor voting for Trump, you may owe some apologies

For years, I have been disheartened and dismayed by the way some churches and pastors treat people because of their marital status. I'm not even talking about same sex marriage (that's another post), but old-fashioned, traditional marriage between a man and a woman. I have met countless people who have been made to feel unworthy and unloved by their faith communities because they have one (or more) failed marriages in their ...

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Is My Theology Biblical?

Inspired by a poster my teacher friend, Whitney, created to help her students make sure they included all the important information when turning in a graph assignment: I decided that it would be handy to have a checklist to help people make sure what they are saying/sharing/tweeting/texting regarding Christianity is theologically sound. Please feel free to use this guide whenever the urge to make broad, sweeping statements about Christians, Christianity or the Bible strikes.

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Why We Study the Bible in a Wine Bar (hint: it’s not just about the Bible)

We've been holding Bible study at the local wine bar about a block from our church for over four years now. It's the kind of study that changes from week to week. One that you don't have to prepare for. You can just show up and be a part. Some Wednesday nights, we have the entire place to ourselves. Last night, the owner had a last-minute opportunity to host a ...

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My teenage daughter is getting grief from members of her dance team because she won't chemically alter the color of her skin (aka spray tan) for an upcoming competition. Not only does she not like the idea of the chemicals on her skin and the smell of the spray, she doesn't want to show up at school one day suddenly bronzed (we are a very pale people and the change ...

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The Problem with Mother’s Day

I find Mother's Day fraught with peril when it comes to Sunday worship. While I have a really great mom, who is still alive and well, and my own daughter and I (currently) have a great relationship, I know that for many, Mother's Day is a struggle. There are women who desperately want to be mothers but are unable to become pregnant or have recently lost a child to miscarriage. There ...

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The OKC bombing Sonic connection

Twenty years ago, I was working on an ad campaign for Shots for Tots that involved a partnership with Sonic Drive-Ins.  We had a small book of coupons for parents that the doctor's office would stamp when parents brought kids in for shots. The coupon was good for a free burger or ice cream or something.  I think the early coupons were geared more toward parents and then moved toward ...

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