Evangelical: Leave It or Love It?

There’s not one verse in the Bible where God says to the church: “and you shall call yourselves, “evangelicals”. Not one. There’s not even a verse for “Christian”. That ancient label was something given to followers of Jesus by their neighbors. (Acts 11.26) This should at least give us pause as we consider what itContinue reading “Evangelical: Leave It or Love It?”

Jesus & Jedi Master

One of my favorite places at Walt Disney World is the Sci-Fi diner. In true Disney fashion, the restaurant is themed like you’re outside. You walk in, and suddenly you’re under the stars, sitting in fin-swept neon cars— at a drive-in movie theater in the Fifties. Your table is your car. And you watch theseContinue reading “Jesus & Jedi Master”

Are Evangelicals A Threat To Democracy Today?

This week, The Atlantic published a piece on how politics have poisoned American evangelicalism. It’s a good read, and I don’t see an end to this sort of analysis anytime soon. One quote stuck out: The Church is not a victim of America’s civic strife. Instead, it is one of the principal catalysts. Tim Alberta,Continue reading “Are Evangelicals A Threat To Democracy Today?”

The Good, The Bad, and Conspiracies

Conspiracies aren’t just political, they’re moral. Baked into conspiracy theories is a persistent vision or construction of good and evil. For many people, this is an immediate benefit. But it poses a massive problem, and a threat. Conspiracy theories are less about revealing new information and more about confirming what we already suspect. This worksContinue reading “The Good, The Bad, and Conspiracies”

Spilling The Tea On Evangelicalism

I’ve been wanting to write this article for awhile. There’s something about tea that makes for a really good analogy to explain the wild theological ethics coming out of American evangelicalism over issues likes race, gender, politics, and public health. First things first: Brits like their tea. The British commitment to tea impacts the wayContinue reading “Spilling The Tea On Evangelicalism”

The Church’s Word in War

The ghosts of the 20th century, the ones that haunt us today, wear swastikas. Our modern world is one misstep away from nuclear war. And it is a world born of violent conflict with German National Socialism. Our moral imaginations remain haunted by the specter of Nazi tyranny. Putin’s move to frame Russian aggression tookContinue reading “The Church’s Word in War”

Better Talk On Deconstruction

I hesitate to wade into these waters. But it’s a risk worth taking. Plus there’s a Disney analogy ahead, so there’s that. Some see a threat to evangelicalism in the trend of “deconstruction”. I use quotes because the term has been appropriated by so many people to describe so many different reactions. Ironically just likeContinue reading “Better Talk On Deconstruction”

January 6: A Failed Apocalypse

January 6th was a theological event. Just a month before, the Jericho March rallies in DC featured nationalist prayers. They declared God’s will was to reinstate Donald Trump. At the insurrection a month later, the Cross & signs of “Jesus Saves” joined the mob up the Capitol steps.  January 6th was more than a failedContinue reading “January 6: A Failed Apocalypse”

The Moral Problem Of Seeing Nazi Germany Everywhere

The Third Reich is everywhere in today’s political pandemic rhetoric. This rhetoric warns that the pandemic is turning America into Hitler’s Germany. A constant comparison to Nazi Germany is a dangerous theological ethical move, not because the Holocaust didn’t happen, but precisely because it did. Today we are more influenced by Hollywood in our moralContinue reading “The Moral Problem Of Seeing Nazi Germany Everywhere”