Episodes: Masonry

Hello Darkness My Old Friend

News broke last week of another school shooting. The list of these news reports grows longer and longer. My friend Ken Tanner, who is a pastor in Michigan, describes these particular events as one would a plague. His observation is that we are experiencing plagues of various kinds and yet we don’t even know it....

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What’s a Substack?

Over lunch today a friend described a loss of trust. That is, it was once taken for granted that neighbors would look out for each other. For this friend the recent/current pandemic ruptured that sense of trust. Before vaccines were widely available friends seemed more interested in their freedoms than in the well-being of their...

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Healthcare, Theology and Ethics: A Conversation with Dr. Kevin Driver

“Is healthcare a right or privilege?” Maybe the question needs a better frame. Recently I was talking with my friend Marty about healthcare, high deductibles, and treatment costs. Amidst the ongoing cultural battles occupying congressional talking points I wondered on Twitter when would our legislators take up one of the more crucial human needs. Dr....

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It’s Quite Dusty in Here

July. That is the last time an RSS feed crawler discovered new content, posts or podcasts, around here. Some plugins needed updating. I am in talks with my advisor on a new banner, photo, and maybe even a new logo. My friend Tayor Mertins invited me for another couple of episodes of Strangely Warmed, his...

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When I Had More Hair

Like circa 1994. Last week the Memories feature of Facebook alerted my mother to a photo of me, Patty, Kimberly, and Tommie from 1994. One of the first things you notice, other than my not-so-stylish look, is more hair. Some people lose hair as a result of stress. Others lose hair because that is what...

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Common Places: A Conversation with Brad Mason

I tried to work in one of my favorite lines from Cold Mountain into the title. I imagine God is weary of being called down on both sides of an argument. Inman, Cold Mountain Next week Messengers to our denominations’ annual meeting may hear proposed Resolutions on Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. One feature of...

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Riding the Bull?

My friend C.B. Scott has a way with metaphors. He chose a bull riding analogy to describe what it is like to submit a Resolution to the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, I think we need to let people make any resolution they desire. After all, they paid their entry fee (CP giving) to ride...

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Can Two Walk Together? More with Bradly Mason on CRT

Near the end of our last conversation on the subject of Critical Race Theory, Bradly Mason remarked that race is a social construct for the subordination of other human beings. His statement did not go without notice. One listener sent a series of questions. If Mason asserted that race was a social construct and Founder’s...

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When the Law Does Not Deliver: A Conversation with Bradly Mason

In our best Schwarzenegger voice, “We said we’d be back!” Sojourner’s interviewed Nathan Cartagena on teaching Critical Race Theory to Evangelicals. When asked about the different assumptions students have when taking a class on critical race theory now that CRT is such a lightning rod subject he noted, Oh yes. When I first started teaching,...

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Lines Left on the Cutting Floor

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at a press conference in support of Public Education in Oklahoma representing Pastors for Oklahoma Kids. Our Executive Director was not sure he would be able to attend the presser and thought another voice from our organization would be helpful. I agreed to fill the spot. Giving a...

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The Dangers of Mediating Ideas: A Conversation with Bradly Mason

Pastor, do you have time to read the near 500 pages of Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement?” Maybe you have time between weekly sermon preparation, pastoral responsibilities, and any administrative tasks that accompany your particular ministry setting. Try as we might to be aware and versed in every developing subject,...

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Listening and Forgiveness: A Conversation with Carl Raschke

“The just shall live by faith,” represents the Scriptural hammer of the Reformation. Five hundred years later many Evangelicals have decided they are the hammer and everything else is a nail. Rooting out the greatest dangers to Christianity has become a favorite past time, if not as cottage industry, among some in my own Christian...

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