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Author Amy Butler

It’s a little dangerous for the preacher to get political, I know. It’s risky to speak truth to power, but the fact of the matter is, while government needs to keep itself out of institutional religion, our faith informs who we are as citizens of this country and of the world. If our faith doesn’t […] Read More

The other day I was shaken into the reality of my own inability to see clearly. Again. In a moment of weakness I’d promised offspring Sammy I’d go with his class on a field trip. I’d been traveling earlier in the week and had conveniently forgotten my offer, only to return home to a very […] Read More


There are days when I feel absolutely certain I have the weirdest job on the planet. I know that is probably not technically true, but I do have some pretty strange experiences at work. Sunday before last was no exception. I was preaching, as I usually do on Sunday mornings. This was one sermon I […] Read More

Asking Why

Just add this one to the topics I must have missed in seminary: “horrible human disasters and how to deal with them.” Recent events at Virginia Tech have certainly affected the Calvary congregation. Specifically, three families in our church have members who are currently students, one who lived directly above the women who were shot […] Read More

Al Was Right

I myself am a little tired of the whole woman pastor debate, as it went on for a while on my personal blog a few weeks ago. I’m tired of it because debating rarely changes anybody’s mind and because I really–really–have more important things to do with my time. But I do realize that I […] Read More

Why Injustice Happens

I live at a curious crossroads of faith and politics. I am senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Washington, D.C. Calvary is located almost exactly between the Capitol building and the White House. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />   The challenges of living at […] Read More