Completing the Dream

More than fifty years have passed since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech in 1963.  While there are many signs of progress toward racial equality that progress is inadequate, incomplete and inconsistent.  Far too much work remains yet unfinished. Next Steps The work of moving our nation forward requires everyone's involvement.  As a white male I need to become more intentional about knowing who I am and how I can help. Over the weekend I read Jim Wallis' new Read More …

Racism: A Mainline Reality

Meet the Researcher Bradley (Brad) Wright is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut where he studies American Christianity and spirituality.   He is the author of two books: Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites… and Other Lies You’ve Been Told (2010 - my review), and Upside: Surprising Good News about the State of Our World (2011 - my review).   Research Overview Wright and another researcher researched how Christian churches in the United States Read More …

Sermon: More Than Showing Up

Sermon Text: Matthew 22:1-14 Sermon Excerpt: I still remember the first sermon I ever preached.  Actually, I remember the preparation far better than the actual message . . . Thankfully no parishioners were exposed to or harmed by my effort. During the spring semester of my freshman year in college, I took an introductory course on preaching.  The goal was to learn how to prepare a sermon, and how to deliver it. When it came time to actually work on our own sermons the first task was Read More …