Reaching Outside the Lines

Luke 4:21-30      Dear Readers, Quick question, and please be honest. Are you hearing any prophetic words, seeing any prophetic justice-action these days that are reaching across lines of difference, welcoming the marginalized, and standing up to hate and injustice and privilege? Are you? If so, please share in the comments. And now…Luke’s version of Jesus’ […]

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Featured on Divided States of Women with Liz Plank

Dear Readers, First–thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you have enjoyed some of my posts or found some encouragement somewhere on this site. I wanted to share that my friend Jenn A. Petro and I were interviewed by journalist Liz Plank for the Vox Media program Divided States of Women. Here is a link […]

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Trans-Figure

Mark 9:2-10 Many Christians observe what is called Transfiguration Sunday, just before Ash Wednesday. Transfiguration is not a word we say a lot. It comes from the Greek word for metemorphothe, what we pronounce “metamorphosis.” Ongoing change. Of course, maybe you’ve heard or used the word transfiguration as it pertains to the spells of the […]

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Restored to Wholeness: Full Self

Mark 1:29-34a 29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31 He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, […]

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Do You Know Your H2O?

John 4:5-15 A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia’s Dare to Understand Awards event. The featured speaker was Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago. I have met with Eboo various times and consider him to be one of my mentors. He inspired […]

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Transgender Remembrance: Freeing Ourselves, Freeing Others

John 11:38-44 The Binding of Gender It is not a stretch to claim that religious people, more specifically Western Christians, have had quite a lot of trouble with the idea of gender. We could spend hours discussing the patriarchal history and embedded male dominance of the Christian Church from its inception to the current day. […]

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Losing and Finding Sheep: Empathy

Luke 15:1-10 Empathy. Do you practice it? Do you experience it with others? What is empathy to you? For me, a simple definition of empathy is when I can imagine what another person is thinking or feeling—not like reading their mind, but just imagining what they think and/or feel, even if I have never experienced […]

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Being Bound, Being Free

Luke 8:26-39 Okay, this might start off a little strange. We’re going to talk about a very important theme for all of us as individuals, and extremely important for the health of humanity. But to do so, we’ll look at an incredibly weird and confusing story. Are you ready? Let’s give it a go… Demons. […]

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Why Unity Is Love & Light

John 17:20-26 We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.[1] Like a sculptor, if necessary, carve a friend out of stone. Realize that your inner sight is blind and try to see a treasure in everyone.[2] If everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one […]

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Why Welcoming Everyone is Crazy

Mark 3:20-35 Two Sundays ago I called the Norristown Courthouse eight times. Eight times. You see, a month ago, I received my fourth summons to appear in Norristown, PA for jury duty. Now this won’t be a rant about someone’s “civic responsibility” or bureaucracy, or the government, or whatever. Instead, I’m going to tell you […]

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