Denominational Diversity and Cultural Normativity

By scottsauls | June 29, 2016

  Today I am delighted to feature a guest post from my friend, Duke Kwon. Duke is the pastor of Grace Meridian Hill, a multi-ethnic church in the Washington, D.C. area. Duke is swiftly emerging as a young leader in the Presbyterian Church in America. What follows is a transcript of a compelling talk he gave to […]

On Suffering, The Church, LGBTQ, Abortion, Partisan Politics, And Leaving Things Better Than We Found Them

By scottsauls | June 23, 2016

  Recently, and in response to several themes covered in Jesus Outside the Lines, I was invited by a Christian magazine into a conversation about some of the more contested issues of our time. What follows is a slightly expanded version of that conversation. I would enjoy hearing your feedback. Grace and peace! ————————- We don’t get far in […]

When a Black Man Cries, “We Suffer,” He Must Be Heard

By scottsauls | June 18, 2016

  In the sorrowful wake of two MORE shooting deaths involving police and African American men, I am re-posting this essay that I wrote as part of my contribution to a book called Heal Us, Emmanuel, a collaboration of several pastors and laypeople desiring to see the gospel heal all forms of racial injustice, inequality, ignorance and callousness. […]

Violence Toward LGBTQ: A Pastor’s Reflection

By scottsauls | June 13, 2016

  It was seventeenth century Lutheran theologian, Rupertus Meldenius, who first coined the famous words: In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity. Today, and especially in light of the horrendous massacre in Orlando, in which forty nine souls had their lives cut short by a shooting spree at a gay night club, I would like to focus […]

The Good News About Your Worst Case Scenario

By scottsauls | June 5, 2016

  Reflecting on the future of the human race, Anne Lamott said candidly: A hundred years from now? All new people. Similarly, George Bernard Shaw quipped: Life’s ultimate statistic is the same for all people: One out of one dies. I’ve always liked reading Anne Lamott and George Bernard Shaw because both of them cut […]