The Outsiders’ Lament

The Outsiders’ Lament

This post also appears on ALTARWORK.com. This isn’t ideal: to be the outsiders, to be outside of your inside; yet here we are, some by choice, others by circumstance; all of us, sadly, by purloined precedent. This is not the practice┬áHe inspired, nor the pattern...
Backleading A Poem

Backleading A Poem

Backleading: A Poem. The prelude began on a Nashville night; The first movement ended on a Mississippi highway.

Confession of a Recovering Pastor

Confession of a Recovering Pastor

Does the system of religion have much to do with following Jesus? Here’s a confession from a recovering pastor about this very thing.

The Antonym of Me: A Lenten Confession

The Antonym of Me: A Lenten Confession

Do you ever feel like the antonym of all you want to be? Flawed, helpless, ineffective, uninspired, failed? Maybe there is something to be discovered in the space between where we are and where we want to be.

The Good Muslim: A Parable

The Good Muslim: A Parable

One day, a religious expert wanted to test Jesus, so he asked, “How do I experience God-quality life?”

Jesus answered, as he so often did, with a question, “What do you see in your own texts; how do you interpret them?”

Why Jesus Was, and Still Is, a Refugee

Why Jesus Was, and Still Is, a Refugee

There are two primary uses of the “Jesus was/was not a refugee” argument that I’ve seen written about extensively. And this is not just a current context thing. These arguments have been around for decades.

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