6 Reasons Why Ben Carson’s Tax Plan is NOT Biblical (The Exploitative Politics of the Widow’s Mite)


Mark 12:18-34 — Proper 27 The widow’s mite is a symbol of economic exploitation, not of sacrificial giving. The widow is not an icon of generosity, but a victim of the wealthy. Long a favorite of religious professionals during stewardship season, the point of the story of the widow isn’t that she had faith enough to [Read More...]

Kim Davis Isn’t the Problem. These 3 Cultural Forces Are.


Kim Davis has become one of the cultural icons of the 2016 election cycle, not unlike Joe the Plumber. Like Joe, her actions have struck a nerve and hit the zeitgeist in that perfect storm of passion and polarization on both sides. Like Joe, she’s been a willing prop for politicians. But like Joe, I think she’s [Read More...]

If All Lives Really Matter: The False Racial Unity of Glenn Beck’s Massive March on Birmingham

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Contrary to what conservative pundits would have you believe, Black Lives Matter is not a call to division. It’s actually a call for unity.  Because the truth is, we aren’t united and haven’t been.  Not since slavery.  Not since lynchings. Not since Emmett Till. Not since Jim Crow. Not since the Drug War.  Not since [Read More...]

Rolling Back Rights: Why the Bill of Rights Could Never Happen Today


The Bill of Rights could never happen in today’s political climate. Between Fox News, special-interest lobbying, and social media outrage, I think very few, if any, of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution would stand a chance of passing Congress in 2015. In fact, were James Madison to propose the Bill of Rights today [Read More...]

The 1 Thing White People Can Do to End Racism

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A lot of white people recently have asked me how they can put an end to racism in the United States. They see the problem. They want to help. They want to fix what is broken. And, after some reflection, I think I have an answer — the one thing white people can do to end racism [Read More...]

When Love Wins Everywhere Except the Church

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Today, same-sex marriage ended in the United States. Today, there is only marriage. In an historic move, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the nation, regardless of state laws. Today, love won. Everywhere in the country. Everywhere, that is, except in the church. What does it [Read More...]

Our Heritage is Hate (Racism is a White Problem)

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I have burned one flag in my life. In college, some friends and I set a Confederate flag ablaze in a parking lot one summer afternoon. It was a symbolic way for us to renounce our racist heritage as young Southern men. But renouncing it didn’t erase it. Reducing it to ashes didn’t do anything to end the [Read More...]

Don’t Thank God that Nebraska Ended the Death Penalty

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Don’t thank God that Nebraska just voted to end the death penalty. Thank an atheist instead. And one in particular, State Senator Ernie Chambers, who had introduced a bill to repeal the death penalty 37 times before. Considering he’s served as a senator for 38 years, that means each year Chambers introduced a bill to repeal [Read More...]

#KellyOnMyMind but Is Manuel On My Mind, Too? Problems of our Death Penalty Activism


A saint’s scheduled execution was widely protested and decried in Georgia. A sinner’s scheduled execution in Texas was largely ignored. And history repeats itself.  On Sept. 21, 2011, two men were killed by the state. One man, Troy Davis, was innocent. His execution sparked a massive outcry. The other, Lawrence Russell Brewer, was not at [Read More...]

From ‘I Do’ to Disfellowship: Why the Southern Baptists Kicked this Church Out Over a Same-Sex Wedding


Today, it is my honor to host the Rev. Dr. Ellin Jimmerson, the first Southern Baptist minister (and perhaps only) to perform a legal same-sex wedding. And in Alabama no less! Having grown up in the Huntsville metro area, I was thrilled to see her standing for justice and equality in my hometown. Unfortunately, the [Read More...]