But what I really want to teach him (barring the exasperated sigh and eye-roll) is that, "The downhill coast makes you a good rider, but the uphill climb makes you a great one."
I said, "I do" with tears in my eyes, by the baptismal fountain. Standing there in my lacy white dress, heart wide open, surrounded by loving friends, family and parishioners, I flung myself into the arms of Faith with no reservations.
We must understand that the majority of Middle East Muslims, Christians, Yazidis, Jews, and other religious groups have lived through far worse than any of us could imagine.
Who doesn't have something to say about Mr. Trump? Obviously he wants people to talk about him. He practically begs us to do so, regardless of whether we love him or can't stand the sight of him.
The experience of diversity in unity which lies at the heart of Pentecost is found again and again in music, and, of course, music has had an important role to play in Christian worship.
One of the most lamentable stories in all the history of Christianity must be the failure of the church in Germany to stand not only against Hitler and the Nazi movement, but to stand against the things that allowed fascism to flourish in Germany.
It's a sad indictment of our religion that we need to perpetuate the narrative of an ever-deteriorating Humanity to ratchet-up urgency and to galvanize the shrinking faithful into movement.
I confess this truth: I struggle sometimes to enact my Christianity with my hands. I prefer to sit at my comfortable couch, in my air-conditioned or heated house, with food close at hand if I ever get hungry, clean and well-dressed, my muscles not taxed.
Although I didn't know it at the time, my faith was all brain and no heart. Like learning algebraic formulas, I treated God as just an intellectual belief.
The current flap in conservative Christian circles about bathroom access is a bit baffling. They shout about God not making mistakes, as if God only...
On Sunday, many Christians celebrated Pentecost, the day in the Liturgical Calendar when the Holy Sprit descends to earth. It is often called the birthday of the church and is timed 50 days after Easter.
"Ethiopia? What's in Ethiopia?" When I mention that I've spent the past ten months living and working in this mountainous country in the Horn of Afr...
Will the Smith family be blessed or cursed by their "divine intervention?" God only knows.
If the goal was to create a truly democratic representative system of governance in both Iraq and Syria than the voices of the leadership of Christian and other minority communities should have been taken into account.
Donald Trump is often accused of dividing Americans through his name-calling and tough talk about women, immigrants, and President Obama. But he is succeeding in uniting one group in a way that I never dreamed possible: Christians.
Three years ago, I preached a sermon that radically transformed my life -- ending my career as a theologian, professor and ordained minister. That ser...