A Call to Congress and the Church to Speak and Act for “Dreamers”

Because quotes or statements can often be taken of context in the media, here is my full statement from today's press conference in DC: As a pastor, it is neither my calling nor my job to write bills or advocate for laws specifically. It is my call  to mobilize people to serve those God has … Continue reading A Call to Congress and the Church to Speak and Act for “Dreamers”

A Different Lens – Speaking Up

Who ought to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves? The ending to my last post included these words: "There are many in the world who have no platform and no voice. Only others can speak on their behalf. If we are unwilling to risk speaking [for them], who will?" God said to His … Continue reading A Different Lens – Speaking Up

A Different Lens – Words Matter

This is my third post in the "A Different Lens" series. Today, nearly everyone we know has a platform from which to speak and/or blast out their opinions if they should so desire. Man, oh, man, the things people are willing to say, write, and post for public consumption these days. The last several weeks … Continue reading A Different Lens – Words Matter

A Different Lens – The “Other”

Let us begin with a question: Who is the person, or type of person, that is easiest for you to write off as unimportant...or perhaps dispensable? I cannot remember a cultural climate like the present where people and their perspectives are dismissed so easily. We apply a single label to describe someone which then grants us permission … Continue reading A Different Lens – The “Other”

A Different Lens

One of the most significant challenges I face as a pastor and teacher – whether in church or in academic settings – is helping people to learn how to read the Bible through different lenses than those to which they are accustomed and to discuss divinity in often uncomfortable ways. Don’t get me wrong, I … Continue reading A Different Lens

The Refugee Burden That Will Not Go Away (World Refugee Day in DC 2017)

In October of last year, I made a promise.  My burden for the suffering in and around the war-torn country of Syria and its refugee crisis had hit a breaking point. I promised - "I will not do nothing." I promised to pray for the refugee crisis in the Middle East daily, and to actively seek … Continue reading The Refugee Burden That Will Not Go Away (World Refugee Day in DC 2017)

A Devastating Work of Art for Holy Week

The unexpected always seems to happen when you least expect it. Deep, huh? There I was, slogging (and whining) through my civic duty, when I met a new friend who just happened to be a curator for my favorite museum in Tulsa. I was fortunate to not only make a new art acquaintance, but also one … Continue reading A Devastating Work of Art for Holy Week