Rest from Our Labors

You may have noticed, even through the haze of a beer-soaked, three-day weekend, that this is Labor Day Weekend.  We all know this is the unofficial end of summer and, therefore, the day I have to stop wearing my fancy white suits, but it’s also a day that we celebrate labor by taking a break from it.  What you may …

Jesus is a Jerk

One of this week’s Scriptures has always troubled me.  In Matthew 15.21-28 Jesus is a jerk – kind of a racist jerk.  This raises a lot of questions. First, we have to wonder if it really happened.  Jesus first ignores the Canaanite woman’s needs and then calls her a dog.  That’s not nice.  Jesus is nice.  We know that from …

Depression and Suicide: Beyond Buzzfeed

The death of Robin Williams this week has brought a ton of information about depression and suicide bubbling to the top of social networks and message boards and content aggregators.  That’s probably a good thing.  Much of the power that drives a person to that point and keeps one from asking for help is the feeling that one is alone, …

The Cleanse

Some of you might know that I started a 21-day cleanse diet on Monday.  This is probably not “church news,” but I wanted to explain some of my thinking because I am looking at it as a spiritual practice. I should start by explaining what it is.  It is vegan, but that’s not all.  It also eschews alcohol, caffeine, carbs, …

It’s a Miracle. Or Not.

As promised, we’re done with the Apostle Paul for a bit.  I hope that we have gained a more generous view of Paul that acknowledges his deep love for a gospel of justice and peace even where his writing can, at times, be problematic.  Now we’re going back to the Gospels, so more stories and less jibber-jabber.  Specifically, we are …