“It is very hard to read the Bible and ignore God’s heart for the poor and the vulnerable,” an evangelical leader reminded more than fifty prominent evangelicals gathered recently at Wheaton College in Chicago. Read More
Nationalism is a form of idolatry that “turns God into our ‘godling,’ a deity subject to our bidding,” an evangelical leader reminded more than fifty prominent evangelicals gathered recently at Wheaton College in Chicago. Read More
The “unreckoned-with reality of white evangelical racism permeates American life,” an evangelical leader reminded more than fifty prominent evangelicals gathered recently at Wheaton College in Chicago. Read More
“Winning power was the goal of Judas, not Jesus,” an evangelical leader reminded more than fifty prominent evangelicals gathered recently at Wheaton College in Chicago. Read More
A “toxic evangelicalism” has spread a fake news Gospel that betrays the good news of Jesus Christ, a leading evangelical told a Chicago gathering of more than fifty other leaders who agree that the word “evangelical” has become widely associated with radical right-wing politics and needs to be reclaimed. Read More
Racism is a great flash point in American culture, carrying centuries of weight and denial. I am so tired of the denial, and yet as a white person I am privileged to merely experience anger and sadness over our state of affairs. For my friends of color, the reality is a constant source of stress, danger, and injustice. And an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times gives a hint of the level of frustration and exhaustion no doubt felt by many people of color.
“Should I give up on white people?” That’s the title and main question raised by George Yancy, a philosophy professor at Emory University and an African American. It’s about the despicable, hate-filled comments and threats he received for another New York Times op-ed piece in 2015, called “Dear White America.” He had started that earlier article with these words: Read More
Bombs rained down on three Syrian chemical weapons storage and research facilities.
“Mission accomplished!” exclaimed our explosive president.
But what IS the mission? What WAS accomplished? Read More
A little more than an hour after his all-caps “Happy Easter” greeting, President Trump showed once again that he neither understands nor cares about the resurrected one Christians celebrate today. His bigotry toward people of color should long ago have disqualified him from the support of anyone who considers Christian faith more than a label they wear on Sundays. But this–his racist assault on the Dreamers, who have widespread American support for the righteousness of their cause, is beyond the pale. Read More
A civilization in denial and heading for disaster. That was the story 2,600 years ago, and that is our story today.
In the Judeo-Christian tradition, God judges a society by how it treats the poor, the elderly, the outcasts, and the land. This conveniently has been forgotten in America and in other wealthy nations. I gave a talk about this a couple of weeks ago, and want to use it to kick off this new blog. It relates to all seven of the categories I have created for this site: religion, spirituality, politics, culture, science, nature and justice. My topic was about the Prophet Jeremiah and the lessons we can learn from his failure to break through the denial of his times. Only when we face reality and weep will we find genuine hope again. Here is what I said: Read More