Anwar Al-Awlaki: Eye For an Eye, Or a Third Way?

(Originally published in the Huffington Post) I’ve been reflecting on the recent killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an Al Qaida leader operating from Yemen, by American forces. A friend asked me if the fact that al-Awlaki was American-born had any impact on how I felt about his death. Those who have followed the story likely realize [Read More...]

From Prosperity Gospel to Disparity Gospel?

I’m not going to spend too much time or energy expressing my disdain for Prosperity Gospel, the kind of ministry by the likes of Joel Osteen that preaches about how Jesus wants you to be rich. Actually, it’s more about drawing a correlation between your material success and your faithfulness, but whatever you call it, [Read More...]

Review of SPLIT TICKET book in Sojourners Magazine

You can check out the article online and more about this great magazine at www.sojo.net Can I Get A Witness? Split Ticket: Independent Faith in a Time of Partisan Politics, edited by Amy Gopp, Christian Piatt, Brandon Gilvin. Chalice Press. Reviewed Jess O. Hale Jr. In the U.S. it seems almost every policy matter gets [Read More...]

Doing Nothing Does Something

I picked up a book recently by Walter Wink, one of my preferred theologians when it comes to putting action behind the rhetoric of faith. I have yet to read anything by Wink that has not rocked my world and caused me to reevaluate pretty much everything from my beliefs to the way I express them in daily life. His book, “Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way,” was no exception. [Read more...]


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