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Our prayer needs our flesh ...

I am in the midst of re-reading one of my favorite books, The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality, by Ronald Rolheiser. I seek out Rolheiser's writing when my weariness about the American church and its unhappy romance with politics causes me to feel despair. I ground myself in the deeper truths of […]

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Where have all the young people gone?

60% of Americans under the age of 30 who leave the church leave because of the church's anti-LGBTQ messages. SIXTY PERCENT! Churches who maintain their oppositional stance toward full affirmation and inclusion of gay people into their life and leadership are going to face very hard choices in the future. The data tells us that […]

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Why Unclobber?

Almost two years ago when a couple young friends asked me to officiate their wedding, I knew it was time for me to do some serious work. I needed to lean into the experience and knowledge of those who had gone before me, who had paved the way, who had done the work, who understood […]

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The soul keeps the score, too ...

October 14 is the one-year anniversary of my resignation from a church I preached at for 23 years. I have done lots of internal work since then. To be honest, I did lots of internal work before and during my resignation, too. But ... I have found myself sad and anxious lately. Weird emotions pop […]

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We're not all lost ...

It was JRR Tolkien who wrote, "Not all who wander are lost." So wise. In the 10 months since resigning from my church of a couple decades, I have met my fair share of wanderers, church nomads, refugees. People who - for one reason or another - walked out of their houses of worship for […]

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It's not God's design ...

I recently officiated the wedding of two of the most kind, compassionate, Christ-following young women I know. The wedding was holy, filled with love and laughter. The entire event had a profound impact on all of us who were there. The love these women share is contagious!! The argument I often hear against same-sex relationships […]

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