Not So Biblical Manhood

The popular evangelical vision of Biblical manhood is not as Biblical as it might appear. Before I stepped away from pastoring in American evangelical spaces, it wasn’t uncommon to hear manhood attached to cultural expressions (hunting, guns, emotional suppression) and yet it was always cast as “Biblical”. But the vision sure is lucrative. From studiesContinue reading “Not So Biblical Manhood”

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”

In The Shadow of Bonhoeffer

76 years ago today, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed by Nazi Germany. His final known words were reported later by a captured RAF pilot: “Today is the end. For me, the beginning of life.” Sometimes, I wonder. What must’ve been on Bonhoeffer’s mind, walking to the gallows that day? His last words hint at his deepestContinue reading “In The Shadow of Bonhoeffer”

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”

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 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”

5 Great Quotes: MLK Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a pastor, scholar, and pioneering activist. His life was given to the work of American Civil Rights and racial reconciliation in the American church. He was dedicated to the way of nonviolent agitation as a means to bring about justice & change. (On MLK Jr. Day, so many quotesContinue reading “5 Great Quotes: MLK Jr.”

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”

5 Great Quotes: George MacLeod

George MacLeod (1895-1991) was a 20th century Scottish pastor, and restorer/founder of the Iona Community in Scotland. He fought in World War I, and was converted to Christ after the War. MacLeod is best known for his radical ministry to the working poor as a leader in the Church of Scotland. “The cross must beContinue reading “5 Great Quotes: George MacLeod”

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”