Love Trumps Hate

To the man who yelled, “The president still loves you!” at me today upon seeing my “Love Trumps Hate” bumper sticker: Because you hollered at me from your car as you were driving away, I gather that you did not … Continue reading

Between Heaven and Earth

The Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön tells the story of a woman being chased by tigers. She gets to the edge of a cliff as the tigers close in on her. She looks over the cliff and luckily discovers a vine … Continue reading

Truth in Advertising

A not-so-brief word about the billboard: If you aren’t familiar with the billboard, a local group called the Parents and Friends of Ex-gays and Gays (PFOX) purchased ad space from Lamar Advertising for a billboard in the city of Richmond … Continue reading

Journey (not) Destination

(This is the sermon I preached at the Hermitage on September 7, 2014.  The scriptures were Exodus 12:1-14 and Romans 13:8-14.  Enjoy!) Milo, the hero in Norman Juster’s book, The Phantom Tollbooth, finds himself on a fantastic journey in a … Continue reading

“Love is a harsh and dreadful thing to ask…”

I recently gave a sermon at my church on the Matthew 5:38-48.  It’s the bit in the Sermon on the Mount about loving your enemies.  The other liturgical texts that day were Leviticus 19:1-18, Psalms 119:33-40, and I Corinthians 3:10-23. … Continue reading

Love Trumps Doctrine

For my brothers and sisters in Baptist churches kicking out Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from their oh-so-very-holy spaces, I have one word for you:  HOSPITALITY. Hospitality isn’t just a church committee serving sandwiches and cookies after worship.  It is … Continue reading

Voting for “Biblical Values”

Recently, there has been a lot of political admonishment to vote for “biblical values.” Pulpits, radio ads, and television commercials are flush with it.  We see it plastered on flyers, littering our mail.  And most recently, the Billy Graham Evangelical … Continue reading

Spidertales #5: “It ain’t a spider.”

During my year of major life changes (divorce, left job, started seminary, moved twice, sold old house, purchased new house, lost friends, made new friends), I began dating again. My ex-husband and I were together for eight years, five of … Continue reading