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On Loving Your Enemy - 04/27/2018

As the Supreme Court considers the President’s travel ban I’ve been thinking of the millions of people around the world for whom squalor and terror are every day companions and asylum is the only hope. The motto “America First” is so at odds with my understanding of the Gospel that nearly a year-and-a-half after the Presidential election I still can’t connect the dots between Christianity and anything that even remotely resembles this message. Even so, an overwhelming majority of white, Conservative Christians who made the President’s election possible, did. Their Jesus, who apparently condones mass expulsion, scapegoating and walls is unrecognizable and monstrous to me. Nearer to home

You Can't Un-hear God. - 04/20/2018

Myrtle Smith was legend among church leaders in Jersey City in the 90s. A matriarch of Clairmont Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Myrtle was a roughly five foot tall grandmother with a looming presence. Plain spoken and no nonsense, Myrtle didn’t say much but what she did say was true. Once, I was carpooling with Myrtle and a newly minted, lady killer of a minister to a community policing meeting (some things never change) at a church in Greenville. With a magnetism akin to that of Billy Dee Williams, the young minister relayed how God called him to ministry, appointed him to speak truth to power and compelled him to come to the church meeting we were headed to. Puffing on a cigarette,

"Listen, Wait, & Watch" - 04/13/2018

Like you, I’m relieved that three weeks into spring the sun is just now beginning to warm up the ground and tender things are blooming. The loud daffodils my kids planted a couple of years ago unfolded again with their strident optimism, cherry blossoms have softened the hard, city sky and last year’s kale volunteered to grow for another season in the raised bed behind my house. We look for power to come in large, impressive packages but God is regularly at work in smallness, insignificance and in the ordinary. Jesus tells stories about this phenomenon all the time. He calls our attention to mustard seeds turning into to the greatest of all shrubs and how a little bit of yeast leavens

A Minyan At Grace - 04/05/2018

A minyan in Judaism is the minimum of ten people required to conduct a public prayer service. “Why ten?” you might ask. When God told Abraham he was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of the outcry against them and their terrible, plentiful sins Abraham negotiated with God, saying: "What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” -Genesis 18:24-25 Agreeing with

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