Bonhoeffer’s Frontline Christmas

I’ve been reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters And Papers From Prison. He was a German pastor & member of the German Resistance against the Nazi Party during World War II. Bonhoeffer was arrested and eventually martyred just before the end of the war. What strikes me is the humanity of his letters. They give depth thatContinue reading “Bonhoeffer’s Frontline Christmas”

Why We Need The Bells on Christmas Day

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sat at his desk, alone. The year was 1863. Christmas Day. The American Civil War raging. In the last few years, he was twice a widower. His oldest son joined the Union cause, only to be wounded and nearly paralyzed. Longfellow, like us, wrestled that Christmas Day over choosing optimism or pessimismContinue reading “Why We Need The Bells on Christmas Day”

Jesus, Marx, and Systemic Sin

Can sin be systemic? The Christian Scriptures teach that sin is both a human condition & concrete action. Sin as a condition refers to the posture of the human spirit in relation to God, namely one of antagonism and total rejection of his rule. Sin as concrete action (also “sins”) are specific manifestations of sin,Continue reading “Jesus, Marx, and Systemic Sin”

Against Christian Nationalism

Christian Nationalism is a form of theological syncretism, a blending of religion & politics. It hijacks Christian Scripture, symbolism, and imagery to promote American glory & good as ultimate. In contrast, the Christian gospel of Jesus’ kingdom announces grace for all mankind. In Christian nationalism, the nation of America becomes essential to God’s plan toContinue reading “Against Christian Nationalism”

5 Great Quotes: W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) was an American civil rights leader, writer, scholar, activist and historian. Du Bois in his writings described what he called the “veil” in the African American experience, a sense of two identities at odds in American culture. It was Du Bois’ writing around the turn of the century that impacted aContinue reading “5 Great Quotes: W.E.B. Du Bois”

When You Wish Upon A Future

Walt Disney shaped the American Church because he shaped American culture. His vision of American progress in the 1960’s promised that technology would bring about the good life, less work and more leisure. The American church under the influence of this vision tends to choose the optics of progress: new facilities, new political voices, newContinue reading “When You Wish Upon A Future”

5 Great Quotes: Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983) was a Dutch holocaust survivor, and a follower of Jesus. Before being placed in Nazi concentration camps, she was instrumental in hiding European Jews fleeing the Third Reich. After the war, she became a prolific writer and outspoken Christian leader. I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any moreContinue reading “5 Great Quotes: Corrie ten Boom”

Humility Is Now and Always The Way Forward

What do you do while the world waits for history? Of all the surprises in 2020, this election was actually on the calendar. We circled the date. A big moment in a world of big problems. And now, we’re here, waiting for the outcome. The humility of Jesus can bring healing right now to aContinue reading “Humility Is Now and Always The Way Forward”

Is Jesus Asking The Church To Take Back America?

“Taking America back for God” is a common rallying cry in some American Christian circles. But is God asking this of his Church in America? And what does taking America back mean? One thing I know, no where do the Scriptures show us a risen King in need of political power. He’s not asking forContinue reading “Is Jesus Asking The Church To Take Back America?”