LGBTQ+ Rights and an Ethic of Love

I’m sure I won’t change your mind on this point, or any other, but that’s not my goal in writing. My goal in writing is to bear witness to what I see and believe. As an additional disclaimer here, if you’re looking for a theological or exegetical defense of all things LGBTQ+ this is not…

Immigration and Embracing the Stranger

The first job I ever had out on my own was in the front of the house in a restaurant. Back then I was a fairly clean-cut seminarian who didn’t drink or swear. It’s fair to say that those days have shaped me. What I will never forget from those early days especially, was watching…

A Few Words on Income Inequality

10 You people hate anyone who challenges injustice and speaks the whole truth in court. 11 You have oppressed the poor and robbed them of their grain. And so you will not live in the fine stone houses you build or drink wine from the beautiful vineyards you plant. 12 I know how terrible your sins are and how many…

On How I Became a Lefty

A Bit of Background Up to that point I had only examined my own views regarding anything remotely political in passing. The majority of my thought had been concentrated on things holy. Theological. Important. Oh, and baseball. But as I sat in my seminarian apartment examining my inherited view of the death penalty for an…

The Demons and The Pigs and the Greedy

The story of Jesus driving out a herd of demons into a herd of pigs has always fascinated me. Matthew, Mark and Luke all three record the story or a variation of it, so apparently it stood out as remarkable and in some way essential to the gospel story. And while the story in and…

A Word on the World from a White Evangelical

The time has come to have a talk about the state of our world. President Donald Trump was overwhelmingly carried into office by people who fit my profile. White. Evangelical. Rural. In doing so, we’ve made an incredible mistake. Our children will never understand our silence in the face of such events. There is currently,…

Charlottesville, Violence and a Vision for a Way Forward

This past weekend, Neo-Nazi demonstrators- including a number of terrorists armed militia-style gathered under 150 miles from the nation’s capital. They assembled to protest the city of Charlottesville’s decision to cease the practice of venerating a well-known leader of a violent contingent that once attempted to destroy the United States of America. Only after 1.2…

Raising Cain Today

Am I my brother’s keeper? Nothing surpasses the joy and wonder of a child. The possibilities, the potentialities, the first steps, the crazed screams of jubilation arising over the sighting of a dog call each mother and father, each aunt and uncle and plenty of unsuspecting strangers to attention. This is inherent in what it…