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”

A Modern Parable for American Evangelicalism

The sports world is still talking about the second title fight between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston in 1965. In all this, I believe, is a parable of modern American evangelicalism. We are throwing the fight of our generation, choosing power over Christ, and the world can tell. Neil Leifer famously captured Ali, standing overContinue reading “A Modern Parable for American Evangelicalism”

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”

Beyond the Culture Wars

This is the final article in a series reflecting on American Culture Wars & Christianity. Here are parts one, two, and three. Culture War Christianity must end. Christians should be the ones to end it. Like Moses, whose first attempt to bring about change left an Egyptian dead in the sand, so Culture Warring ChristianityContinue reading “Beyond the Culture Wars”

A Theology of Culture War Christianity

Kaepernick took a knee, Trump took a photo op. These moments are seared in the collective American consciousness. And both moments are unavoidably religious. Each deals with sacred symbols: a flag, a book of faith.  Both surface theological questions. Who or what do we worship? How should we live in this world? The irony ofContinue reading “A Theology of Culture War Christianity”

A History Of The Culture Wars

Culture War Christianity has long since ossified into the de facto expression of faith for many white American evangelicals. In Part One of this series (which you can find here) we introduced the American Culture Wars. As a whole, this series examines the historical & theological shape of Culture War Christianity in comparison to Jesus’Continue reading “A History Of The Culture Wars”

What Are The Culture Wars?

The next four articles form a series to engage this question. We’ll examine the history & theology of “Culture War Christianity”. My goal is to locate the Culture Wars in American history, but also describe the shape of these Culture Wars so we can examine how they relate to the shape of Jesus’ Kingdom. WhatContinue reading “What Are The Culture Wars?”

A Series: The Culture Wars

Starting next week, we will be diving into a 4 part series covering the American Culture Wars. I hope you’ll consider subscribing and sharing with anyone in your circles who might benefit from this journey. No doubt many of us have ideas about what “The Culture Wars” are. From Disney boycotts of the 90’s toContinue reading “A Series: The Culture Wars”

Grief, Guns, and Christian Nationalism

I was sickened reading the news coming out of Boulder, Colorado. This just after the violence perpetrated against Asian Americans last week in Atlanta; where we now know the shooter purchased his gun the same day. Today, we are each faced with a decision, one of choosing cynicism & status quo over crying out &Continue reading “Grief, Guns, and Christian Nationalism”

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”