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I Pray With My Eyes Open

I Pray With My Eyes Open

October 26, 2015 | When I began professional ministry as a young single minister, on Sunday mornings all I needed were my keys, my wallet, and my Bible. Flash-forward six years, and I was packing a bag with diapers, wipes, bottles, a change of clothes for my baby, and an extra blouse in case I was spit up on. I never imagined that twelve years later I would live next door to the church yet still be packing a diaper bag, a lunch, and an iPad to take with me on Sunday mornings. Read more »

A Border Already Crossed

A Border Already Crossed

October 12, 2015 | Recent studies suggest that one out of four adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder. That equates to 50 million people in the United States, with 12 million falling in the "serious or chronic" category. This is equal to the percentage of the US population diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, HIV, AIDS, and diabetes combined. Mental illness is a part of the human condition. It always has been and always will be. To ignore these individuals — to pretend they are "out there" rather than "right here" — is to create a non-existent border. This is the land in which we live. Read more »

Help BPFNA Colour the Dove!

Help BPFNA Colour the Dove!

October 7, 2015 | BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz (BPFNA) launches its 2nd annual Colour the Dove campaign with the goal of raising $6,500 for #GivingTuesday. The campaign will run from October 7 and end on December 1, the official #GivingTuesday 2015 date.  Read more »

Crossing Borders for Earth Justice

Crossing Borders for Earth Justice

October 5, 2015 | As both a pastor and a career violinist in the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, I was not looking for more to do. I joined this movement because my frequent words of apology to my own children for the wreck of a planet my generation seemed to be leaving them began to ring hollow. The scientific consensus on our global crisis of climate was in. My faith included a call to serve and preserve the creation (Genesis 2:15). It was past time to act to help ensure that, at the end of the day, people of faith have done their part to safeguard creation and all of its inhabitants for generations to come. Read more »

Crossing Borders with Vocal Work

Crossing Borders with Vocal Work

September 28, 2015 | Ever been asked to step outside your comfort zone? You may recall some inner dialog before making your choice. After a transgendered coworker requested help learning the speech and nonverbal behaviors of another gender, I first questioned my abilities, capacity, and lack of experience. Then I remembered 1 Peter 4:10-11: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.” Using this command as my staff, I took my first, stumbling steps, over the border. Read more »

Borders, Boundaries, and Blessings: LGBTQ Lives Across the Globe

Borders, Boundaries, and Blessings: LGBTQ Lives Across the Globe

September 21, 2015 | As we consider the ways LGBTQ lives might be deconstructing borders and boundaries while at the same time bearing witness to blessing in a new way, we must also name and internalize the ways that LGBTQ are brutalized and demoralized around the world... And yet, and yet, and yet, LGBTQ lives are building alliances, challenging laws, forming relationships, engaging houses of theology and re-imagining for their communities what it means to be fully human, what it means to be loved by God. Read more »

Landscape and Soundscape: Border Crossing through Song

Landscape and Soundscape: Border Crossing through Song

September 16, 2015 | While I certainly travel more than my share, crossing physical boarders is not the subject of this reflection. Most of my vocation centers on bringing the sung witness – the soundscape – of others beyond the United States into our worship landscape in the United States. At first glance, this might seem insignificant or even trivial, especially in light of the suffering and struggle of so many around the world. While I am not suggesting that singing can solve the world’s problems, I have found that song has the potential to bring the witness of the “other” – strangers, sojourners, marginalized peoples – into to our comfortable landscape. In doing so, we may open our awareness to the gift of the “other” among us and, as stated in Matthew 25, recognize that we have welcomed the “Other” into our midst. Read more »

I Have Killed One Thousand Men

I Have Killed One Thousand Men

September 10, 2015 | Let’s return to Samson’s killing thousands of Philistines. Isis’ slaughter is nothing new. People acting with deep faith and in the name of God have caused immense bloodshed across the ages. Once again a quick label of “terrorism” glosses over a deeper understanding. So much of the Promised Land is still marked by the ruins of castles and walls built by Christians to keep “them” out our built by “them” to keep us out... The peril of faith is never with God. The peril of faith rests in those who believe. While Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, Samson turns this on its head saying “I will do to them as they did to me.”  Read more »

Challenging White Supremacy: The #UnitedWeFight Week in Ferguson

Challenging White Supremacy: The #UnitedWeFight Week in Ferguson

September 9, 2015 | I remember being in the living room of the Amen House in St. Louis on August 7 when I heard about 19-year-old Christian Taylor’s murder in Texas. We had come together to resist the systems that enabled these kind of injustices, but became re-traumatized by another report of a young Black man’s death at the hands of an agent of the state. Our wounds are raw. I find myself in a constant state of pain each time I hear of another black person killed by police or white vigilantes; it is scary to realize I am living in a country that doesn’t value black lives. Read more »


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