Paris Redux: Let Heaven and Nature Sing

Good news is emerging from Paris, even as the City of Light continues to clear away wreckage from recent deadly terror attacks. In a Parisian suburb, top leaders from around the globe—faith-based and heads of state, poor and rich, small and large, developing and...

The Glorious Trouble with Young Clergy

Once upon a time, I was a young clergy person.   I was full of passion and verve, hope and vision. My call was fresh. My courage was strong. The first church I served, an African-American congregation, was every bit as exciting as I’d hoped it would be. But as I...

The 6 Most Familiar and Challenging Words of Jesus

“Love God, and love your neighbor.” Those six words are familiar from the parable of the Good Samaritan, and they are at the core of Judeo-Christian ethics. Any church that seeks to be faithful will want to address the complicated meaning of that short...

How to Dream Like Jesus

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the dreams of Jesus. Not his night time dreams. But the dream that drove him day by day. It was never far from his awareness. He talked about it, taught about it, and prayed about it. Both his healings and his post-resurrection...

Green is the New Red

‘Tis the season of red:  red hearts, red candy, red cards, red bows, red boxes of chocolates…all for Valentine’s Day.  I love red as much as the next person, but when it comes to how followers of Jesus show love, I believe green is the new red. In...