A Southern Pastor

A Southern Pastor: Saying Merry Christmas

A Southern Pastor: Saying Merry Christmas

First of all, there has never been a demand to do away with “Merry Christmas.” It is simplistic and uninformed to make such a claim. And President Obama never asked anyone not to say “Merry Christmas,” in fact, he often said it himself. Secondly, any attempt by the sitting administration to cause division by stating […]

A Southern Pastor: Letting Go Of What Enslaves You

A Southern Pastor: Letting Go Of What Enslaves You

What are you a slave to? My sermon from September 10, 2017. based on: Exodus 12:1-14 First Passover 12 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month will be the first month; it will be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell the whole Israelite community: On the tenth day of this […]

A Southern Pastor: Tear Down The Hate

A Southern Pastor: Tear Down The Hate

Our scripture this morning for church was from Genesis 45, where we read about Joseph’s reaction toward his brothers when they approached him in Egypt to ask for food. It is important to remember that these are the very brothers who earlier had sold Joseph into slavery. My sermon can be heard in it’s entirety by clicking […]

A Southern Pastor: Use Your Words

A Southern Pastor: Use Your Words

Romans 14:19       So let’s strive for the things that bring peace and the things that build each other up. As I sit here in my safe home far away in Arkansas, and I watch these events play out where people are attacked, and even dying, I feel horrible, sick. Who are we? When […]

A Southern Pastor: Just Keep Blessing The Biscuits

A Southern Pastor: Just Keep Blessing The Biscuits

March in Arkansas can go either way: still below freezing and snowing, or already 80 degrees and humid. Driving down the two lane highway on the edge of the Ouachita Forest that March day was exactly what it should be: 68 degrees and sunny. So I rolled the window down on the 2005 Ford Taurus […]

A Southern Pastor: What Does It Mean To Be The Church

A Southern Pastor: What Does It Mean To Be The Church

I write a Christian left blog. The site I write for is a far left, radically liberal site called Liberal America. It focuses especially on issues of the marginalized, poverty, corporate greed, bigotry, discrimination, and hypocrisy. It supports itself with Google ads, which often include ads for dating websites, Viagra, and other non-workplace-appropriate elements. Clicking […]

A Southern Pastor: #JesusCallsUs (VIDEO)

A Southern Pastor: #JesusCallsUs (VIDEO)

It just seemed as if my own words weren’t enough. Exodus 18:21 21 You should also look for able men among all the people, men who fear God, are trustworthy, and hate dishonest gain; set such men over them as officers over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. Psalm 72:12-14 12 For he delivers the needy […]

A Southern Pastor: #WeAreMuslim (VIDEO)

A Southern Pastor: #WeAreMuslim (VIDEO)

I have tried to write this article for two weeks. It feels as if I should be saying something, doing something, sharing something, anything. But every time I sit down to type, every scripture I decide to write about, every story about Jesus and his call for justice and mercy and love, just freezes my […]

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 divisive political element in our communities. Here is the problem with that: 1. I am supposed to stand up […]

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 […]

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