(Author note: From time to time, as my theological perspectives change, I revisit articles that I find important and give them new life with a new perspective. This is one such article). I have an article that I wrote about 4 years ago that is making its way around social medial again. The title of … Continue reading Jesus the Activist
Have you ever wonder how an all-loving God condemns LGBTQ folks to hell? It's something I call the “I'm Special Confirmation Bias.” There's nothing like taking a group that the Bible is mostly disinterested in (7 or fewer verses out of more than 31,000 verse) and turning them into one of the most vile groups … Continue reading Dear Christian, Vote for Love
In his dictum entitled, Evangelii Gaudium, or The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis puts it this way, “We can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the invisible hand of the market.” He goes on to call for a redistribution of wealth and reform of economic structures that would ensure greater equality of … Continue reading The Un-Christian Reality of Capitalism
It is far too easy to believe that achieving true justice through active, non-violent resistance is just a pipe dream. That it is a lovely concept, but that it is mostly ineffective when placed within the context of the modern realities of power and dominance. The reality is that nothing could be further from the … Continue reading Non-violently Bending the Moral Arc of the Universe
“Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular … Continue reading Nationalism is Destroying Spirituality and Society
One of my biggest frustrations with the Bible is rooted in the culture in which it was cultivated. Women, who were mostly second class citizens at best and property at worse, frequently go unnamed in the Bible. An example would be the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:21-28. So, for the purposes of this talk … Continue reading Persist. It Matters.
[Part 3 of my Easter blog series. For part one click here]. Jesus rides into Jerusalem to shouts of “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord” and then disrupts the current epicenter of the religious and political Powers That Be. I suspect that this was the beginning of the end … Continue reading Easter – Love in Action
[Part two of my Easter blog series. For part one click here]. The Christian Easter story has its roots in Jewish Passover – the annual commemoration of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt to escape a repressive, enslaving government. That's the setting of the Easter story. Jerusalem is teaming with an influx of folks … Continue reading Easter – A Call to #Resist
I've often said that we Christians get so caught up in the unbelievable parts of Bible stories that we miss out on the practical, more contemporarily impactful parts of the stories. Easter is no exception. As the story is told from most Christian pulpits from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, it is an epic tale … Continue reading Easter – Saving God
I'm a writer who can't write. I'm not talking about the typical writer's block that all writers go through. What I am saying is that this world continues to make less and less sense to me, making it uncomfortably difficult to write about. If I wrote fiction, I don't think this would be as much … Continue reading Tired of Resisting? Me too.