Confession of a Christian in the United States

Originally posted on 01.24.13 on reyes-chow.com. As I scanned my newsfeed this morning, I had another one of those, “No duh, Bruce.” moments. Yes, I am a Christian. Yes, I am a citizen of the United States of America. As a Christian — I believe that we must love and serve one another: the stranger, the enemy, the prisoner, the [Read More…]

God and Politics – Grace Ji-Sun Kim

I will never forget the answer that George W. Bush gave in an early presidential primary season debate – December 13, 1999 – when he was asked, ‘who is your favorite political philosopher’. He looked into the camera and with a child-like demeanor, he said, “Jesus Christ, because he changed my life.” I didn’t know whether to laugh [Read More…]

Election 2012, What Presbyterians Should Care About – Norb Kumagai

As part of the ongoing Patheos 2012 election coverage and commentary, I am opening up my blog for Presbyterians to answer this week’s question, “What are the key issues at stake in this election for people of your tradition?” I gave no guidance other than to keep it under 500 words and to avoid bashing and dehumanizing [Read More…]

When Nuns Embrace the “Nones” – Politics and the Future of Faith

As many of you know any chance that I can stir up the stew of politics, culture and faith, I’m in. As a progressive Christian and  liberal Democrat or conservative Green depending on the day, this year’s election again provides ample fodder for those of us who like to engage in both supporting our beliefs in the public square and [Read More…]

Christian Hypocrisy in Examining the Word of God and the Words of Politicians

First off, before the strident atheists out there start lifting this post up as a “See, even, so and so, says Christians are a bunch of hypocrites!” let me be the first to stipulate that all people of faith are, at some level, hypocrites. Because we understand that we are not perfect, there will always be inconsistency. [Read More…]

The Role of Satire, Snark and Sarcasm in Building Community

Short answer: there is none. I recently stumbled upon a Les Miserables inspired video parody  in support of a Barack Obama’s second term. I have obvously shared my support of President Obama in the past, but a lesser-known thing about me is that I loves me some Broadway Musicals: In the Heights, Rent, The Book of Morman and Les [Read More…]

Obama, Romney and a Conservative Evangelical Counter-Cult Expert

I love politics. I grew up in Sacramento, CA running the halls of the State Capitol Building where my mother worked for various legislators for nearly 25 years. I still have aunts, uncles and friends who are heavily involved in politics and I have always believed that public service is honorable calling. The intricacies of the system, the importance of relationships, [Read More…]

Jan’s Open Love Letter to Her North Carolina Kin

[Photo by stephenmeszaros] One of my favorite people in the world is, pastor and friend, Jan Edmiston [blog|twitter]. Unless she has a secret life – which could be entirely possible – I don’t believe that Jan has won any world championships, saved anyone from a burning building or beat out a bunch of other people on some reality [Read More…]