Monday Prayer Practice: Wonder and Awe

I’m reading Christianity After Religion by Diana Butler Bass. She discusses the root of the term “religious”–religio. This, she says, means “finding a forgotten path of wonder and awe through the wilderness of human chaos and change.” (p. 97) Finding the path of wonder and awe . . . So do something wonderful today. Watch,…

Prayer for a Presidential Election Year

God of justice and compassion, God of Republicans and Democrats and Independents, God of the poor and the 1% and the middle class, in the heat of this election year we pray for our nation, our churches, and ourselves. In the midst of meanness and deception, may our words be kind and true. In the…

Ask the Pastor . . . About Evolution

Last week I had two conversations that included the phrase, “I’ve just got to ask you about . . . “.  I was honestly tickled to know that my pastoral perspective is such a hot commodity. So I’ve decided to include some “Ask the Pastor” posts on this blog. Every once in awhile I will…

Religion Isn’t Optional

I’ll be honest about the Faith Forum column below: I just started writing “religion isn’t” statements and then quit when I hit the 300 word limit. But I could have kept going. I think next on my list would be: “Religion isn’t optional.” It was interesting that the other pastor who responded to this prompt…

Religion Isn’t

This was my contribution to the Faith Forum column in the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper for Saturday, October 9, 2010.  I’m posting it here for the benefit of at least one person who missed it in the paper and wanted to read it. The prompt–“religion isn’t”–seemed random, but proved to be an interesting topic. Religion isn’t…