In 2004, Jesuit theologian Jon Sobrino wrote: “We live in a culture of concealment, of distortion, and thus in effect we are living in a lie. There is not only structural injustice, not only institutionalized violence-but also institutionalized concealment, distortion, and lies. And vast resources are used to maintain that structure.” Continue reading Reconciliation Ambassadors
What in the world are you doing here, Elijah? You are supposed to be out there in Damascus calling attention to corruption. You are supposed to be bringing people to repentance. You are supposed to be challenging the status quo, moving people out of their complacency, motivating my people to return to me. What are you doing here? That question echoes through the centuries and resounds in this room, this very day. Continue reading What Are We Going to Do?
Jesus isn’t concerned about the cause and effect nature of their unjust death. What he is interested in is the wake-up call that such events provided. Continue reading Repentance is Now
Charged with the responsibility of behaving toward each other the way God behaved through history toward them, they were failing. Miserably. And when Micah spoke, this wasn’t a new teaching. And they knew it. Continue reading More Than a Bumper Sticker
A Sermon preached on September 25, 2016 Based on James 2:14-18, The Belhar Confession and The Letter from a Birmingham … Continue reading Credibility Gap
A sermon preached on Matthew 9:1-8 at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland on July 10, 2016 And after getting into … Continue reading Carrying the Paralyzed Man
What does it mean to be a citizen? What does it mean to be a productive participant in our society? There is a checklist and unfortunately, the items on that list have typically been determined by people with privilege – the privilege of whiteness, the privilege of maleness, the privilege of heteronormative lifestyle, the privilege of economic power. Continue reading This Day