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. Continue reading We Have Some Healing To Do
Donald Trump wanted power. Not unlike Herod, he was insecure. Trump wants nothing more than to be successful and he was willing to do anything, even if it meant weakening our democratic process. Continue reading What Do Epiphany and January 6 Have in Common?
As a nation, we strive to live up to better ideas and many times we do. But let’s not kid ourselves. We are not okay. Continue reading This Is Who We Are
God of course, calls us to do justice. The issues we have talked about including the separation of immigrant children from parents demand that we speak out. But God also calls us to love our enemies. Paul’s letter to the Colossians calls us to be tolerant and forgiving. Continue reading With Malice Towards None
I’m going to wear the mask because when we wonder if Jesus would wear a mask, all I need to do is look to Philippians to know the answer. Continue reading Who Was That Masked Stranger?
The church needs to be political, if it can learn what it means to be a political church. Continue reading The Politics of Jesus
I’m not freaking out because I truly believe that my ultimate allegiance is in Christ and not who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I believe God is in control. Continue reading Who’s In Charge?
It was two years ago, that I wondered aloud what it meant to be prophetic. I’ve heard that phrase a lot in many of the progressive circles I’ve been in, but I’ve always wondered if what is called prophetic is nothing more than espousing your ideology and wrapping it up in God-language. What does it mean to be prophetic? The reason I ask is that I think a lot of folks have an idea what it means to be prophetic that I think is a bit wrong. I will see a pastor who will get up and talk about some … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Be Prophetic, Part Three
“Be in the world, but not of the world.” That was a phrase I heard a lot when I was growing up. In my evangelical upbringing, there was a stress about living where we are, but not follow the ways of the world. According to the phrase, we are to follow Jesus and not gods of this world. Around the time of seminary in the late 1990s, I started hearing talk about”empire.” The empire was something that challenged the authority of God. In mainline/progressive churches, talking about empire was their version “not of this world.” The thinking is based on … Continue reading On the Babylonian Captivity of the Mainline Protestant Church
Southern Baptist blogger Jonathan Merritt has a pretty good article about his denomination as it deals with a decline that is not unfamiliar to mainline Protestants. He offers a few ideas on how to stem the decline and the one that gets the most attention is where the he faults the SBC for mixing religion and politics or more specifically, conservative politics: Tony Campolo once said that mixing the church with government is “like mixing ice cream with horse manure: You will not ruin the horse manure, but it will ruin the ice cream.” I’ll let you determine which one … Continue reading Theocrats to the Right of Me, Theocrats to the Left of Me