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A Southern Pastor: When Christmas Is Blue

A Southern Pastor: When Christmas Is Blue

Today, on Christmas Eve, as I go about preparing for Candlelight Service tonight, looking forward to a gathering with my family tomorrow, and enjoying quiet time with my son, I can’t seem to fight back the tears. It isn’t that I am unhappy; I am just sad. I know that sounds ridiculous, but many of […]

A Southern Pastor: Anything But A Silent Night

A Southern Pastor: Anything But A Silent Night

“Silent night, Holy night, all is calm, all is bright…” We all know the words. Even if you aren’t a Christian, you can sing the song. For most, it’s the Christmas-card-perfect ideal of what Christmas is and means. Advent includes the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. It is a time of expectation and anticipation, […]

A Southern Pastor: So What Is Advent, And Why Should I Care?

A Southern Pastor: So What Is Advent, And Why Should I Care?

Advent is not Christmas, and the 12 Days of Christmas are not December 13th to the 25th. Here are the basics you need to know to understand and participate in Advent: 1. The idea of a season of Advent probably started in the late 4th century, as we have several sermons from that period which […]

A Southern Pastor: My Granddaughter Deserves Better Than This

A Southern Pastor: My Granddaughter Deserves Better Than This

My granddaughter will be five years old in December. Then in February, my niece will turn five as well. My family had nothing but boys for 15 years, and so the arrival of these two precious little girls has brought so much life and joy to us, and they are princesses, cherished and protected by the […]

A Southern Pastor: A Real Debate (VIDEO)

A Southern Pastor: A Real Debate (VIDEO)

In 1858, the United States was as polarized politically as it would ever be over the issue of slavery. The popular incumbent, Stephen Douglas was running against the newcomer, Abraham Lincoln, for the position of U.S. Senator in the state of Illinois. Lincoln didn’t win that election, but through a series of seven debates against […]

A Southern Pastor: I Am Not Political

A Southern Pastor: I Am Not Political

Religious leaders find ourselves in a unique situation in this country today. As people who have been divinely called to preach the gospel, we have to carefully guard our words so that we don’t become a polarizing political force in our community. Is there such a thing as political religious discrimination?   Here is the problem […]

A Southern Pastor: The Untold Story Of The Great 9/11 Boat Lift

A Southern Pastor: The Untold Story Of The Great 9/11 Boat Lift

Today is the 15th anniversary of the horrible attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, September 11, 2001. It was a day that has defined the last 15 years of this country’s history, and social media will be filled with memorials as we all mourn the loss of life and innocence that took […]

A Southern Pastor: Grace In The Muddy Water Of A Pond (Video)

A Southern Pastor: Grace In The Muddy Water Of A Pond (Video)

I was six. We attended a little country church that probably had 30 in attendance on a good day. We had youth service on Saturday night, Sunday morning Sunday school and worship, and then a Sunday night service as well. My family lived about 30 minutes away, so it was quite a bit of driving […]

A Southern Pastor: Did Trump Just Shout Fire In A Crowded Theater? (VIDEO)

A Southern Pastor: Did Trump Just Shout Fire In A Crowded Theater? (VIDEO)

Schenck v. United States (249 U.S. 47, 1919) You may not recognize this court case by name, but chances are, you’ve heard of it. In an attempt to define what was and wasn’t allowed as free speech during time of war, this case ended up establishing the “clear and present danger” clause, stating that “…expressions which […]

A Southern Pastor: Teaching Me

A Southern Pastor: Teaching Me

There are moments for each of us which define our lives: who we are, what we do, what we stand for, and how we will live. The tricky part is recognizing those moments and living into them. Unfortunately, we sometimes let them pass us by unnoticed. When I decided to take a few years off […]

A Southern Pastor: Interview With Niceguy Eddie On Rainbow Radio (PODCAST)

A Southern Pastor: Interview With Niceguy Eddie On Rainbow Radio (PODCAST)

To be honest, I had never heard of Niceguy Eddie or RainbowRadio.fm. But when Eddie contacted me, there was just something about his description of the discussion he wanted us to have which was so appealing. Even though Eddie is agnostic, he wanted to interview me, a pastor, to create bridges of understanding based on […]

A Southern Pastor: Albert Einstein On The Negro Question In 1946 (VIDEO)

A Southern Pastor: Albert Einstein On The Negro Question In 1946 (VIDEO)

“There is, however, a somber point in the social outlook of Americans. Their sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to men of white skins. Even among these there are prejudices of which I as a Jew am clearly conscious; but they are unimportant in comparison with the attitude of the “Whites” toward […]

A Southern Pastor: Lives Matter (VIDEO)

A Southern Pastor: Lives Matter (VIDEO)

After the recent outbreak of violent events which have taken place in this country, Facebook is filling up with pictures being shared by those who want to show their support for our police forces, and those who want to show support for those who have suffered from police brutality. It is striking to me that […]

A Southern Pastor: The Strength To Be You

A Southern Pastor: The Strength To Be You

Psalm 139:13-14 13 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. You are wonderful. Has anyone told you that today? You have purpose and there is […]

A Southern Pastor: Join The Revolution

A Southern Pastor: Join The Revolution

I am a pastor. As a member of the clergy I have a calling to bring love and peace to every situation. My life is dedicated to bringing people to a place of community and shared holiness, in sacred communion with God, and in Christian fellowship with one another. My job is not to take […]

A Southern Pastor: Working 7 Days A Week

A Southern Pastor: Working 7 Days A Week

I realized something today:  I don’t actually live my life. Let me explain. I am very busy. I am a mother, I pastor a church, I teach classes, I attend seminary, and I take care of my house. I attend meetings, I plan lessons and sermons, I make bulletins, I do assignments, and I keep […]

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