October 13, 2018

Too much ink has already been spilled and key strokes manipulated regarding the Kavanaugh appointment, for me to add to that din.  I’ve frankly been a little shell-shocked the past couple of weeks (years?).  How to keep up?  What are we to make of this rolling, flaming, spectacle?  That people who despised Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, for all their supposed failures of either morality or policy, are now eager to back a president whose failures in both areas make… Read more

September 29, 2018

Being, “counter-cultural” is a buzz-word thrown around in fundamentalist/evangelical circles–many circles in fact.  Or, it was when I was growing up in that world.  Be different.  Don’t follow the crowd.  Lead.  There was almost a militancy to the idea. “Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross…”  You get the picture. In American culture, we love the idea of the rebel.  Think American Revolution and down the road a bit, a “Johnny Rebel.”  Also, think James Dean… Read more

September 17, 2018

As I’ve written before, I like and respect the President of Gateway Seminary, Dr. Jeff Iorg.  However, I was struck again by something he wrote recently and felt it needed to be addressed.  Unless one has been living under a rock, she is aware of the controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling while the national anthem is being played.  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the player who started it off as a way to protest, not the national anthem, or America, or… Read more

September 7, 2018

There is no other gospel, but a social justice gospel.  Any other type would be truncated, partial, a mere sliver or shadow of what the good news encompasses.  The gospel, the good news, is a cosmic, comprehensive, reality–that cannot be separated from aspects of justice or its relation to the community of all things (creation), their interconnection and participation.  Any other type is woefully inadequate to the teachings and understandings of the very best theologians and scholars of any Christian… Read more

August 31, 2018

What if, as Christians, we decided to listen first, rather than respond immediately with, “But the Bible says…,” when we encounter views, with which, we disagree.  Especially since, “but the Bible says” is just code for- this is my interpretation or what I’ve been taught. What if, as Christians, we decided to act more like Jesus before we enacted any more methods and strategies for how we should give others information about Jesus. What if, as Christians, we were as vocal… Read more

August 18, 2018

I’m not a Catholic in the sense of what most mean by that descriptor, but I am a Christian (albeit, a very poor one).  I was raised in the Protestant tradition but am much closer to Eastern Orthodoxy at this point of the journey.  I do, however, believe in, “one holy catholic and apostolic church.” I’m certainly catholic in that sense. I point this out only to say I can’t comment much on the inner or institutional life of the… Read more

August 7, 2018

The Maginot Line was a series of fortifications built by the French after World War I.  Its purpose was to prevent or slow down another attack and invasion by Germany.  We all know how that turned out.  Rather than come directly at these fortifications, which probably were impregnable and almost indestructible, the Germans simply went around them. The Maginot Line was constructed to fight the last war, to address past strategies and threats.  I think the belief in an inerrant… Read more

July 26, 2018

Growing up in the evangelical tradition, Os Guinness was one of my favorite writers, intellectuals, and voices.  While claiming America and evangelicals as his own, he was never afraid to call out their shortcomings and flaws.  While no longer claiming the evangelical label myself, I still respect much of his work and his intellectual gifts to that tradition and the Christian faith in general. Guinness, in my view, was always prescient.  He anticipated the consequences of movements, teachings, and methods… Read more

July 21, 2018

Something many Christians are taught, but especially evangelicals/fundamentalists, is the idea that “scripture interprets scripture.”  I remember hearing this often while growing up in the evangelical tradition—specifically whenever the topic of hermeneutics came up.  To the question, “But how should we interpret this verse or passage of the Bible?” -I often heard, “Well, we should let scripture interpret scripture.” What we needed in that moment, we were told, was a good concordance or even the word index in our Bibles,… Read more

July 11, 2018

This sentiment, whether the exact words or not, was reportedly conveyed to journalist Peter Arnett by an Army officer after the now infamous bombing of a city during the Vietnam War.  They decided to bomb, “…the town regardless of civilian casualties, to rout the Vietcong.”  Perhaps many readers are too young to remember, but the quote has for many years now stood as a reminder of this sentiment: the road to hell is paved with good intentions. This sentiment, that… Read more

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