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”

Masks, Tyranny, and Our Evangelical Inheritance

Why do some white American evangelicals default to tyranny when it comes to masks, and not responsibility to our neighbor? Why, in these churches, is racism a spiritual issue only, not physical & systemic? Both point to the Christianity we’ve inherited. Today, pockets of US evangelicalism label health directives as tyrannical, racism as solely spiritual,Continue reading “Masks, Tyranny, and Our Evangelical Inheritance”

Our Evangelical Betrayal

Recently, I watched Netflix’s 2019 film, The King. The film depicts English King Henry V’s victory over the French in the Battle of Agincourt. It all happened 606 years ago today, October 25th, 1415. What I didn’t expect was the end of the film. It brilliantly illustrates a challenge that continues to derail US EvangelicalsContinue reading “Our Evangelical Betrayal”

Hope For, But Not In, Evangelicalism

I still believe the best days for Evangelicalism are ahead, not behind. But I say this well aware that Evangelicalism in the United States is experiencing a multi-faceted crisis of identity. We cannot reduce God to a movement, but our attempts to do just that are being exposed in the current crisis. So let’s beContinue reading “Hope For, But Not In, Evangelicalism”

The Problem of Pandemic Theology

Everyone is doing pandemic theology, even politicians. Recently, the governor of Mississippi said belief in eternal life was one major explanation for why Mississippians aren’t scared of COVID-19. Incidentally, Mississippi has the second lowest vaccination rate in the US; just 37% of residents were vaccinated as of August 27th. We’re all doing pandemic theology, evenContinue reading “The Problem of Pandemic Theology”

American Christians in American Empire

Like many of you, I have watched the videos and listened to the reports coming out of Afghanistan with a mixture of grief & anger. Few of us are trained experts in geopolitics. Most of us add little with our takes.  But if you’re like me, and I’m wagering you are, it’s not geopolitical expertiseContinue reading “American Christians in American Empire”

Southern Baptists: On the Brink of Reform?

The 2021 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) was always going to be historic. It promised to reveal the pulse of America’s largest Protestant denomination, as well as offer a preview of post-Trump American evangelicalism. The convention indeed delivered a historic moment. But its future remains uncertain—because the tradition of white American evangelicalismContinue reading “Southern Baptists: On the Brink of Reform?”

Truth From The Dark Places of Church

There’s a line from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness that I can’t shake. “This also has been one of the dark places of the earth.” The place? London. A place we often forget was once the wild frontier of the ancient Roman Empire. When I left my job as a pastor in the SBC forContinue reading “Truth From The Dark Places of Church”