"Any preacher who owns more than two suits is a huckster." - Lenny Bruce “[When I die] if I leave behind me ten pounds … you and all mankind [may] bear witness against me, that I have lived and died a thief and a robber.” - John Wesley
I swear it's not about being a cliche or being read like some rust belt book, young American men and their patron, prophet, saint. I swear it's not that we inherit quiet desperation, that we're destined by our chemistry toward being hung up, that it happens less with age and with what we're calling care … Continue reading That’s Why He’s The Boss
And Jesus said "Give away your power. Give away your wealth. Believe in God. Believe also in me. Believe in people. Proclaim good news to the poor and justice to the oppressed." And they opened their homes to him: tax collectors, widows, men and women of little means, immigrants and foreigners and heathens. Homeless, Jesus … Continue reading Who’s Coming to Dinner?
From 2012. A few years ago, a Mennonite at the Kutztown Folk Festival gave me a copy of Regeneration by Pat Barker. It was in a bin of dollar books at his church's tent, and while I dug for grungy bills, he told me I could have whatever I wanted, free. I started reading Regeneration … Continue reading Regeneration by Pat Barker
Read Alan's latest post on the CACLV blog here. I'm proud that First Presbyterian Church is a major partner in the effort to expand capacity at the Sixth Street Shelter by 25%. In my vocation as Director of Mission at First Pres, I can see the enthusiasm for this project bubbling over for the … Continue reading Alan Jennings and CACLV are Fired Up for 2012 and So Am I
This may surprise you, but I'm not one of those 30-somethings that can go deep and wide on Simpsons quotes or trivia past the second season. The same is probably true for Seinfeld. That said, I've never forgotten some of the nuances of the episode where Johnny Cash plays a coyote in Homer's vision quest. … Continue reading Find Your Soul Mate, Homer: The Spirituality of Facebook Insight Metrics
The best way to sum up what irks me about Stephen Hawking's statement that heaven is for "people who are afraid of the dark" is that it stingily generalizes thousands of years of diverse cultural and spiritual inquires in our shared human experience. Progressive folks wouldn't tolerate this kind of talk from self-styled "religious" people, … Continue reading Still Talking About Hawking