Did Jesus Play Soccer?

Here’s the sermon I preached last Sunday. I turned 81 on Wednesday so I don’t have the chops to deliver it as well as I might have 5 or 10  years ago but it’s probably the best one I’ve ever written. My main hope was that people would get it that Jesus claimed he didn’t […]

A Prophet For Our Time

[There’s nothing I might say about this piece from Michael Moore that wouldn’t diminish the message. So here it is, in all its prophetic power] Friends, Two years ago today, we defeated an attempted coup in our country. The attack by domestic terrorists, operating on the orders of a treasonous defeated president, attacked our Capitol […]

Numbers Greater Than This Planet Can Sustain

In the 40’s my best friend’s family and my family attended a very conservative “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it for me” church. You were expected not to ask questions like, “What kind of whale was it?” (See Frederick Buechner below.) My great and good old friend is still of that […]

Diplomacy Delays The Inevitable

I’ve said it before on this blog and it’s time to say it again. Diplomacy. Merely. Delays. the Inevitable. Kudos for Joe Biden. Today he did something no American President has had the stones to do before. He openly opposed an Israeli Prime Minister. But there’s one big problem. Our lovable (but old) President’s opposition […]

Boatload of Cash

                Nick Faldo said Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and others left the PGA tour for “a boatload of cash.” He said it condescendingly, frustradedly because their leaving for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf threatens the viability of the PGA tour.    I too oppose these super-stars leaving […]

The World Is Broken

Of the many things Jesus said, the one I find most compelling is: “I have to go now. But don’t worry. You can do the things I do. As a matter of fact you will do even greater things than I have.”    Those with him protested passionately “How can you say that? We’re not […]


I encourage you to invite your conservative friends and family to listen to 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, maybe even all of this? and give you their response, their honest feelings about it.    Tell them you’re serious, you really want to, need to know what they think about it. If it’s easier, they can just pick […]

“I even convinced Strom Thurmond!”

According to Politico 49% of Americans think our President is not mentally fit. That poll was taken before dear old Joe’s marathon news conference yesterday. The 49% number must be higher today. I challenge you to listen to any 20 minute segment of the two hour conference and tell me you think Joseph R. Biden […]

Lost Words

Spending so much time on screens, are we suffering from the Lost Words so exquisitely rhymed and put to music here? Probably more to the point, are our children not entering “the wild with care” and learning the words that matter most? Robert Macfarlane and the 8 poets and songwriters behind this stunning piece think […]


Joe Biden:  “Israel has the right to defend themselves.” I’m sorry Mr. President. In this case Israel forfeited any option to describe their aggressive actions against Palestinians as defensive when it was their offenses that started the horribly ugly affair.   Let’s start with 8 days ago, rabid settlers marching past the home of my good […]