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”

The Danger of Faith

Resurrection faith is dangerous. On a day of hope, we need a fresh reminder of the danger inherent in an embrace of Christian faith. It’s true. The risen Jesus offers hope beyond the pangs of death. But the risen Jesus also invites a living confrontation with death. Our life for his. Our ends for his.Continue reading “The Danger of Faith”

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”

The Problem With Purity

I’ve been following Formula One racing for the past few years. The “formula” stands for an ever-changing list of rules that every racing team agrees to follow. From the design of the car, to their pit stop strategy, the whole sport is governed by this formula of rules.  Each year, the winning teams (besides havingContinue reading “The Problem With Purity”

The Corporate Gospel

“It all comes down to the three ‘B’s — buildings, budgets, and butts.” This is an old saying I’ve heard more than a few times in ministry. American business in the American church can sometimes seem inseparable. The relationship between the two absolutely exerts influence over faith & practice. Is the Church a business? AContinue reading “The Corporate Gospel”

This Is America

Everyone has already made up their mind. Not about what happened in DC. But about what we want to believe happened in DC. That matters. Profoundly. The reality we live by and live in, our worldview, will—without much effort from us—interpret and assign meaning & value to much of yesterday’s events. Even filling in theContinue reading “This Is America”