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Spiritual Practices for Use During a Traumatic News Event [Download]

Friends – It is hard to know what to say to and with children during times of national trauma. Please receive these two practices, “Snuggled Under God’s Wings” and the “Butterfly Prayer” for you to use with your families and congregations. Ministers and Children’s Ministers, please distribute freely to anyone who needs them, courtesy of Chalice …

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Q&A with Kyndall Rothaus, Author of Preacher Breath

It’s with great joy that I’m hosting this Q&A with my friend Kyndall (pronounced like Kindle. In fact, we call her Kindle Fire in our house.) Rothaus.  Kyndall is a preacher-poet. Ever met one? Me neither. Let me say this: everybody needs a preacher-poet in their life. Kyndall recently published a book all my preacher …

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An Immigration Policy We Can All Agree On: #EndChildDetention #EndFamilyDetention

I’ve been visiting a mother, Alicia* in family detention in Karnes City for a few months now. Family detention is the almost unbelievable practice of locking up young mothers and their children in prison. No matter what we think about the right of immigrants to cross the border without proper authorization, it’s hard to imagine …

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World Mental Health Day: 5 Thoughts from a Pastor’s Perspective…

Today, as I’m sitting in a hospital waiting for my mother to come out of recovery for her knee surgery, I’m reminded that today is World Mental Health Day. Here are five things that are on my mind a lot when it comes to mental illness… 1. Mental Illness deserves the same treatment as physical …

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Why I Won’t Remain Silent on Adrian Peterson

First: Adrian Peterson did not “spank” his child, he beat him bloody. This is not a matter of a “judgement call.” This isn’t “well some people think differently.” He beat him up. Look it up. There isn’t room for debate here. Second: Prominent evangelicals as well as Adrian Peterson himself defend this type of action …

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The noisy news…

Sometimes the news just seems… loud to me. Death. Violence. Wars. Screaming. Shouting. Bills. Laws. Minority opinions. Majority opinions. It seems to me that the only thing that can break through, sometimes, is art. Today it was quiet enough for me to really see and hear this short poem by Khaled Juma…  

A Prayer for San Antonio Parents and Teachers in a Time of Fear

One of the obvious things I do as a pastor is pray. I often feel that my prayers are insufficient or incomplete, but I feel called to continue to do it. I lift up, every day, the needs of my congregation and the concerns they lay before me. It is an honor and a privilege. …

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The Wesleyan Quadrilateral and Rev. Frank Schaefer

Last week, Rev. Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist minister was convicted in his church’s discipline system for officiating at a same-sex wedding. This has become routine in the mainline church. My denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA) has had several high profile cases like this. When Rev. Schaefer’s case was making headlines, I paid little notice, …

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