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?