Politics As Usual? I Hope Not

Why do we so-called Christians turn ourselves inside-out trying to balance Israel’s 76 year atrocity of systematically wiping Palestine off the map with Hamas’s one attack? Jesus lasted only 33 years in a similar but less egregious Occupation. So far no politician is willing to risk their position of “leadership” by stepping up and calling […]

Risky

 Many Americans think that if we don’t continue our ‘all Israel all the time’ mantra, nations like Iran, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and Yemen will join together and attack us. The USA faces no greater risk morally, politically, spiritually, and yes militarily than continuing our insane bias toward Israel.  

Truth Talking

Only my opinion of course, but I believe Dr. Khalidi is unique in that he has nothing to lose by telling the truth.    https://www.scientists4palestine.com/webinar-latest-phase/

Pro-Israeli Biases

So much is being left out of the current coverage, in large part due to conflating understanding the context with condoning terrorist violence.  Democracy Now, MSNBC, and at times even CNN have dared to bring the perspective of the past into the conversation, hosting guests like Ben Rhodes, Mustava Barghouti, Rashid Khalidi (author of The Hundred […]

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 […]