The American Church and Our Ties to White Nationalism

To Separate the Institutionalized American Church From White Nationalism is… …like removing the beating heart of raging bigot. …like removing the bride from her groom. …like taking Batman out of the Jokers equation. …like having a Michael Jordan without his drive.“White Nationalism is a type of nationalism or pan-nationalism which holds the belief that white people are a race[1] and seeks to develop and maintain a white national identity.”What reason does the American Church have to … [Read more...]

Who Would Jesus Bomb: Is Violence Ever a Means to Effective Justice?

Who Would Jesus Bomb?I’m rarely on Facebook these days, but, recently, I hopped on and did something I rarely if ever do (on my personal feed): I engaged. Irked by a random post, I reacted, I engaged, and then, I reposted. Honestly, it wasn’t anything bad, and, it felt like a healthy engagement. In short, I reacted to a post from a guy I went to high school with; he was feeling joy over the inflicted violence towards a very vocal white supremacist.Know this: I'm just as enraged by … [Read more...]

Unpacking Trump’s Muslim Ban: Fact or Fiction?

With all the fake news, supposed conspiracy theories, and "alternative facts," it’s tough to determine what's fact and what's fiction. By now you all probably know, and are well aware of Trump’s “#MuslimBan.” Twitter lit up, Uber temporarily shut down, Lyft showed themselves as opportunist, and protestors came out in droves taking over airports. And, for many, the two questions still remain:Was this actually a ban on muslims?  Did Obama Select These Seven Countries?Well, let’s revie … [Read more...]

“A White Supremacist vs. An Anti-American Terrorist”

Okay, so, lets talk a little bit about Wednesday’s discussion between Trevor Noah and Tomi Lahren over on the Daily Show. Noah, a South African comedian who replaced Jon Stewart as the host of "The Daily Show" and Tomi Lahren who’s a conservative commentator who writes for The Blaze. It feels like Comedy Central (CC) et al. pit Tomi as this stereotypical "blonde, white, privileged bigot." And, maybe she is just that, but, in the first few minutes of the (longer) interview it didn't quite seem th … [Read more...]

The Election is Over: Here’s The Single Trait Both Trump and Hillary Voters have in Common

Honestly, I’m still trying to figure out how or why all of this happened; I’m still in that “denial” stage of grief, and am officially unsure of everything. I mean, literally, my brain can’t process this shit. I’m left wondering what billionaire or corporation Hillary might’ve upset; how the DNC could’ve mishandled the primaries; if Bernie would’ve been the better opponent; shit, is the Illuminati real (jokes)? But, like you never know, maybe Elon Musk is right, and we actually are living in a co … [Read more...]

The Implications Of Minimum Wage Laws On Youth Pastors And Youth Workers

Written by Mark OestreicherI AM NOT AN EMPLOYMENT LAW EXPERT OR AUTHORITY. And this post should NOT be taken as ‘legal advice.’BUT: the other day over lunch, a graduate of our Youth Ministry Coaching Program, who leads a wonderful nonprofit ministry not too dissimilar from the Cartel, but local and Catholic, asked me a question just as we were wrapping up:So, how do you think the new California minimum wage is going to impact youth ministry?My first response: huh (it was a deeply … [Read more...]

“How do we call people in even as we call them out?”

I recently lost yet another a white friend over “the issue of race.” It was after repeatedly confronting him in regards to his consistent use of the “n-word.” He wasn't the first close friend I've lost, but I'm determined for him to be one of the last, as after these repeated instances, I'm relearning who I should be surrounding myself with.But this situation, it makes me wonder if within our social media day and age, where each and everyone of us has a differing voice and inevitably differi … [Read more...]

Independents Are Larger than Either Political Party

I saw posted over on Twitter the other day that independents are larger than either political party. I found this interesting, believable, but was still a bit doubtful. So, I went and checked it out; here's what I found...Turns out, he wasn’t completely wrong. A recent Gallup Poll shows two interestingly relevant points:43% of Americans are registered as political independents. But, still yet, democrats maintain the the political weight.What does this mean? I think this shows, o … [Read more...]

Why I’ll Be Angry if Wheaton College Does Not Fire Larycia Hawkins

“It's worth remembeing that the wedge that splits the wood is what ultimately takes the brunt of the blows from the hammer.” - Jeff YangIf Larycia Hawkins is not fired I'll be pissed. Pissed because it'll just seem like this was all one big marketing ploy to keep Wheaton on the map; a scheme to boost their already declining numbers. Evangelicalism is a sinking ship it’s a train wreck that seems to happen over and over and over and over again.If you’re not sure who or what I’m talking … [Read more...]

Christian Extremists: Is Jerry Falwell White Isis?

Can we talk about Christian extremism for a second? How it’s unnecessarily perpetuating an “us vs. them” narrative. And seemingly, getting more and more ridiculous over the course of our existence and given Christian history.As most of you know Jerry Falwell Jr. took the stage on campus at Liberty University and called for students to arm themselves against “those Muslims” so that we can “end” them. He is echoing a rhetoric that’s seemingly all too familiar of previous leaders who incited … [Read more...]