The Power of Myth

Today fewer Americans than ever identify with a formal religion, just 47%. Yet, Americans remain overwhelmingly religious. The same Gallup poll also found a record number of Americans choosing to identify as “religious” with no affiliation. America is more religious, even as it grows less ‘Christian’. Christianity isn’t facing persecution in America as much asContinue reading “The Power of Myth”

Christian Presence As Politics

The winds of policy in the United States have turned in favor of abortion. Recently, President Biden signed an executive order repealing the Mexico City policy. The policy, put in place by Reagan in 1985, withholds Federal funds from overseas heath organizations who perform abortions. How ought Christians respond when the winds of policy change?Continue reading “Christian Presence As Politics”

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”

Juneteenth and White Christians

Asking myself, what would I be doing in 1863? How can White Christians celebrate a day like Juneteenth? We should listen, learn, lament & celebrate in solidarity with the African American community. These are good postures to assume everyday. I also believe there is a question to ask myself. “Would the way I read my BibleContinue reading “Juneteenth and White Christians”

What Day Is It Again?

Now is a perfect moment to start treating time the way Jesus did Mondays feel like Fridays don’t they? We’re trying to keep a sense of normal by keeping pace with the calendar. Sometimes I rage against my loss of control with my calendar (like more meetings will fix this). But every where I look inContinue reading “What Day Is It Again?”

An Indestructible Life

The first generation of Americans were at a loss for words when it came to how to address President-elect George Washington. During his inauguration, the crowds in New York shouted “Long Live George Washington!” His biographer, Ron Chernow, commented, “it was difficult for Americans to use language other than what they were used to, beingContinue reading “An Indestructible Life”

Radical Simplicity

You should be thankful we only memorize Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in our American schools, and not Edward Everett’s Gettysburg Address. Lincoln’s historic speech rounds out at a tweetable 272 words. Everett — who was actually the keynote speaker and spoke before Lincoln — spoke for close to 2 hours. Yikes. Everett, ever the gentlemen, told President Lincoln afterwards, “…IContinue reading “Radical Simplicity”

Hope In Anxiety

The time is always right for a conversation about mental health. This really isn’t a conversation meant for tweets or posts, but eye-to-eye, heart-to heart. My hope is simply that perhaps a few paragraphs would give you or someone you love the courage to reach out, love deeply, and choose life. Today, reach out. LetContinue reading “Hope In Anxiety”

Our Choice, Our Society

The abortion debate we’re having in our generation is happening in the halls of history. We’re not the first to cross this bridge, nor will we be the last. The question we face today is about our community, and more importantly, what sort of community we will be. It demands an answer. Our future won’tContinue reading “Our Choice, Our Society”