What a treat to hear U2 in concert! I’ve blogged about my fandom before, so this time I’ll just share the set list plus a few pics.
In his retirement, my father did research and writing about the denomination he loved. One of those articles traced the fight within the Christian Reformed Church over the issue of women voting. When he first told me about the research, I thought my dad meant women voting in church — fights I could remember from my childhood in the late 1960s. But my dad laughed and said that long before those fights, the Dutch folk of western Michigan had resisted woman suffrage. In the article he explains why, quoting Klaas Schoolland, a Calvin professor: “Woman suffrage will break the divine laws of human life.”
Conflicts in churches don’t change that much. People in power resist any attempts to shift the power balance, then ascribe their thinking to the Divine One. Today’s conflicts over women’s ordination, racial justice, and LGBT inclusion all stem from the same root. [Read more…] about The Christian Reformed Church & Woman Suffrage
I first wrote these devotions a year ago (spring 2017) to connect to my memoir. In the wake of the #MeToo movement (fall 2017), these scriptures have become all the more poignant and powerful. Each devotion is one page and includes a brief passage of scripture, reflection questions, prayer prompts and a color photo of a current event. Try asking your group: What does the photo have to do with the Bible passage? To receive the devotions as a pdf, “Subscribe” (right sidebar) or send me a message using “Contact” (tab above).
The five passages are:
~ Psalm 22 “Why Have You Abandoned Me?”
~ Isaiah 43 “Before & After”
~ 2 Samuel 13 “Carrying My Sexual Shame”
~ Luke 18 “She Persisted”
~ Mark 5 “Boldly Seeking Jesus”
Today the United States dedicated its embassy in Israel, which relocated from TelAviv to Jerusalem. At a grand ceremony, many influential people spoke, frequently invoking God’s name, praying or quoting scripture. More than one mentioned the words of Psalm 122 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.
Calling a group of words a “prayer” and closing your eyes while you utter them does not make your words holy. It certainly doesn’t fool the Holy One, who sees into our hearts and is aware of our actions and intentions.
While the ceremony of self-congratulation was underway in Jerusalem, some 40 miles away Israelis were firing tear gas onto Palestinian demonstrators along the Gaza strip, killing (as of this writing) 52 people.
The timing of the event was purposeful, corresponding with the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel (May 14, 1948). Of course, the next day, May 15, is commemorated by the Palestinians as the Nakba, the Day of Catastrophe. The symbol of the Nakba is a key because [Read more…] about Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
I wrote this article for Outreach magazine in July 2016 — and it’s still true.
I had no idea that either of my essays had been submitted for an ACP award. I’m grateful to Christian Century for submitting A Pastor’s MeToo Story and to Sojourners for submitting Skin in the Game. Both publications received many awards and I am honored to be among them. Here’s the link to the full list of awards.