The Temptation of the Transfiguration: On High Places, Presidential Politics, and the Glory of God (Lectionary Reflection)

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  The Last Sunday After Epiphany — Year C — Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) Right now, we are in a season of seeking power and prestige. With the presidential election season officially in full swing, we see it in almost every news story on the front page or leading the 24-hour news cycle. It’s an all-out [Read More...]

A Letter from Birmingham: MLK, Bernie Sanders and the Black Church

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I am thrilled to share with you this post from my friend Cara McClure today. Cara is an activist, business owner, and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Magic City chapter. Cara is a fierce, intelligent, and passionate voice for liberation in Birmingham, Alabama, where so much of the Civil Rights struggle occurred and continues to [Read More...]

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

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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.

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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

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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...]


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