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Even a Neurosurgeon can say Embarrassing Things

Even a Neurosurgeon can say Embarrassing Things

Being a successful neurosurgeon is apparently no guarantee you won’t embarrass yourself in the national spotlight. I’m not sure which constitution Dr. Carson had in mind when he opined that no Muslim is fit to be the President. The US constitution guarantees freedom of (and freedom from) religion, and specifies that no religious litmus test shall deter anyone from holding office. 

The jury is still out. But the verdict is in.

I think of my nation, still divided, still judging one another not by the content of character, but by the color of skin. I think that there are a lot of very complicated factors in this case, but what I know is that this mostly comes down to America’s Original Sin, and unless and until we can finally own it and engage the very hard work of healing we’ll always be waiting on a jury…

Donald Trump and the Demise of Decency

Donald Trump and the Demise of Decency

I’m told that Trump’s appeal is his honesty. Finally, they say, a politician who actually speaks his mind instead of all that politically correct drivel.   Am I alone in preferring a little discretion from those who will lead us?  If your “honesty” makes you that poor a role model and such an embarrassment to the values of decency and respectability, common courtesy and just basic good manners – it should also disqualify you from being taken seriously in the public and political arenas. 

We deserve so much better.   

The Unlikely Story of a Progressive Baptist Church

The Unlikely Story of a Progressive Baptist Church

Amazingly, Park Road has stayed together, committed to the idea that uniformity of belief is not what should hold us together  - in fact, such a conformity would be contrary to that Baptist spirit!   As a result, Park Road exists as a Christian community, dedicated to openness and individuality, and committed to being community, even within a community that is diverse in theological and political convictions.

What are we afraid of?

What are we afraid of?

Fear is at the center of our lives – and living in fear is a terrible way to live.  Fear drives international policy-making. Fear drives discussions of budgeting priorities. Fear drives marketing and politics and the priorities of time and money in local households.   What if we weren’t afraid?

Time with Mary

Time with Mary

I want to tell you about the best three hours I’ve spent lately.  

Mary, who has walked the grounds at 3900 Park Road since there’s been a church on that corner, suddenly found herself dying, alone. I can’t bear that thought. So on Tuesday, I sat. Most of the time she didn’t even know I was there. I’m pretty sure that didn’t even matter.

An Illusion of Peace

An Illusion of Peace

But something has changed. I believe this. I believe that we are about to engage in a critically important, and extremely difficult, national conversation about the racial injustices inherent in our society.   I am not afraid of the conversation that is coming.   And it is coming – and all churches need to be involved in it. It’s too important, and the integrity of our faith will require it. 

My Response to the Response

My Response to the Response

Clearly, a great many people share my concerns and yearn for a more positive, inclusive, and compassionate voice from The Church. It makes me sad that this is such a pervasive sentiment.

Nostalgia, gratitude, and the most important job I've ever had

Nostalgia, gratitude, and the most important job I've ever had

It is the job of all parents to teach their children about faith. And those who are members of churches have chosen to tackle that job in community,.  I believe that is the best decision you could have made. And I wonder, when your children graduate, will you be able to list all these things in which your children have participated that have helped to guide and mold them into faithful disciples? I hope so. Parenting is the most important job you will ever have.

Baltimore and Our Collective Soul

Baltimore and Our Collective Soul

The collective soul of America is broken.  So when a Baltimore episode erupts into flame, why are we so surprised? Our collective soul needs healing.

He is Risen!   So What?

He is Risen! So What?

 I can’t think of a better Easter message than to decide to accept all people as children of God.  Period.  God is the God of all.  That is the Easter message.  But are we ready to go from Easter service living like we believe it?

Is it Religious Freedom or Just Religious Opinion?

Is it Religious Freedom or Just Religious Opinion?

We don't need any more religious freedom laws, but we could certainly use more graciously religious people. Instead of laws, we need more people of faith, free enough from prejudice and arrogance and condescension, to be able to express convictions with compassion  not just with passion.

Does Government Really Need to Prop Up Jesus?

Does Government Really Need to Prop Up Jesus?

Why is it that so many Christians think we need the government to prop up Jesus?  If Christians won’t defend Sunday as a priority - our day of worship – why should we expect the culture to do it for us?

Creating Essential Community Through Church

Creating Essential Community Through Church

Participation in a healthy faith community connects us with a greater good – the greatest good – and that is God’s care for all living beings. There must be some truth to the old adage about there being “no atheists in foxholes.” When life’s toughest issues come our way, most people, in one way or another, begin to reflect on what would have to be called “spiritual” things. A good Church helps us engage that conversation throughout life.