Why I Vote

As a theologically and politically progressive Christian, I’ve always been envious at the sly wit of my righter-wing brothers and sisters.  The conservative movement owns all the best language.  For instance, the title “Values Voter.”  Those who vote in this manner–who identify with this movement– who attend events like the Values voter summit– have values. …

World on Fire

Fire devours in front of them,    and behind them a flame burns. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,    but after them a desolate wilderness,    and nothing escapes them. (Joel 2: 3) The prophet Joel is speaking to the people of Israel after an invasion and destruction.  It is unclear, the scholars…

Hate

The gospel calls me to find a way to see Donald Trump’s humanity and to model that seeing for my children.

#MeToo & What’s Next?

I’ve been sitting uneasily with the #MeToo movement.  I believe in calling out sexual harassment, sexual assault or sexual misconduct.  Indeed, my spirit needs us to do so.  But #MeToo doesn’t leave enough room for me to operate as an agent.  To be sure, I have been victim.  I’m not sure I know an adult…

Is Grace Cheap for Powerful Men?

Dr. James Dobson, a leader in evangelical Christianity, wrote an open letter and gave interviews in June 2016 endorsing Donald Trump for President.  In them, he referred to Donald Trump as a “baby Christian.”  Someone new to Christianity, having very recently been born again.  He explained that while Trump didn’t speak like a Christian or…

Little Poisonous Bites

As I scroll through my Facebook feed, I can’t help notice how many people are outraged at football players today.   President Trump suggested that those who kneel during the national anthem ought to lose their jobs.  Beyond being an endorsement of censorship from the man who is charged with protecting our constitutional free speech…