Empty Pews and Open Ears
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Empty Pews and Open Ears

It’s something I have done since my first ministry. On Fridays I walk through the empty sanctuary, sit in each pew, and pray. I pray for the people who will sit there, whoever they may be. I pray that something happens to touch their hearts, strengthen their faith, or encourage them to live radically for … Continue reading

Here’s Your Sermon, Houston
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Here’s Your Sermon, Houston

It sounds like something straight out of an Orwellian universe: government leaders demanding that clerics turn in their homilies to be inspected under threat of prosecution.  But this isn’t some dystopian novel.  This is modern-day America, and that is exactly what’s happening in Houston.  The nation’s first openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, is making a … Continue reading