Differences over ideology, sexuality and race were there 30 years ago, but there seems to have been more opportunities to come together and meet the other. Our modern self-selected society allows us to basically pick our friends instead of trying to build bridges with those who might be different.
Episode 60: We Have Some Healing To Do
On Thanksgiving, Dennis shares this rewind episode on the search for common ground.
Eugene Peterson and the Age of Shibboleths
I don't know when it happened, but I've become a walking, talking shibboleth. A shibboleth is a word or custom that signifies who is in the ingroup and who is in the outgroup. Think of it as an old fashioned version of virtue signaling. Now, I didn't personally become a shibboleth, but the fact that... Continue Reading →
Shirts & Skins
How are Christians to act when it comes to public policy? How do we handle differences, deep differences? How do we remain in community? How do we show grace to each other? How do we witness to the wider world a different way of being?
Progressive Christian and Trump Voters
The first day or two after the election I decided to contact friends and acquaintences of mine who had voted for Donald Trump. I wanted to apologize if I said anything off-putting to them. To a person, all of them were gracious and even told me why they considered voting for Trump. I took their... Continue Reading →
The Politics of Fear, Reconsidered
It's wrong to be hate another person for their religion. But God also looks down on pride, the sense that you are better than others because you are so righteous.
Religious conservatives and the LGBT community have to learn to make room for each other.
Social Media Isn’t Everything
I miss that part of college where I would have long talks about politics with people.
Marching for Sandwiches, Marcus Borg and Civility
How do we encounter and deal with people who have different beliefs? We all give lip service to being able to listen and welcoming opposing views, but in reality, we don't have much patience in our modern society for those that don't conform to whatever is the status quo in our world.
Why I’m Tired of Facebook
For someone that has touted all the good about social media, I have come to this startling conclusion: I'm tired of Facebook. Actually, I'm not totally tired of Facebook. It's allowed me to connect with friends that I haven't had contact with in years. No, what I'm tired of is the moralizing that goes on. ... Continue Reading →