There’s a ‘new’ conspiracy theory emerging on digital spaces like TikTok and Instagram. (Just search the hashtag.) Today, I want to offer a few quick thoughts on what it is, and what it means for our politics and our future. What is a 15 Minute City? The conspiracy theory is a reaction to an urbanContinue reading “We Built This City On Conspiracy Theory”
Category Archives: Current Events
What We’re Missing With Musk
Elon Musk is now the self-proclaimed “chief twit”. His acquisition of Twitter has sparked strong reactions on the right and left. One question concerns both sides: will Donald Trump tweet again? I’ve been researching conspiracy theories and disinformation, particularly in the American church. And I’ve seen these two responses to Musk: elation and caution. ButContinue reading “What We’re Missing With Musk”
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 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”
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”
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”
On Addiction During A Pandemic
Addiction presents a complex array of interplaying systems — from our brains to our bodies — and yet Jesus is over all of it. His kingdom spans galaxies, quantum particles, and everything in between — including the long road of recovery.
Pomp and Unusual Circumstance
A Word to the Class of 2020 You’ve been looking forward to May 2020 for the last 4 years, maybe even longer. The script you were given for these last four years didn’t call for this scene. At all. Now what? Nobody really likes a cliffhanger. The Empire Strikes Back needs Return of the Jedi. ThereContinue reading “Pomp and Unusual Circumstance”
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?”
Waiting For Hope
Seeing and trusting God right now There wasn’t much social distancing in Jerusalem 2000 odd years ago on Palm Sunday. Crowds packed the way up to the holy city; each one clamoring to see Galilee’s prophet, Jesus of Nazareth, coming up to Jerusalem — on a donkey of all things. The crowd didn’t mind. One by one coatsContinue reading “Waiting For Hope”