Chasing the ‘Christian vote’

November saw the mid-term elections in the US and the Rochester by-election here in the UK. in both cases the subject of Christian voting has surfaced. This is no surprise in the US, the Christian vote has been a factor for a while and this has been highly organised when it comes to a right wing agenda through groups like the moral majority or more recently the Tea Party movement. So analysis by organisations like Reuters … [Read more...]

Stay Woke Advent or Waiting Sucks

Nothing I try to type seems right today. I already preached a Twitter sermon this morning on white fear and don’t have the energy to rehash it. I posted a reflection to Facebook about the phenomenon of Dr. King worship, while viewing the protests of the last 109 days with scorn, disgust or confusion and it became a blog post: This All Happened Before. Of course people also tried to whitesplain me there too. My mother-in-law, concerned for my safety. asked me to be careful attending a vigil (a V … [Read more...]

The Not So Irresistible Revolution

In 2005 I read Shane Claiborne’s Irresistible Revolution and fell in love with the idea of intentional community. Five intentional communities later, I know now that living in community is tough stuff. In fact, Shane says it himself: “The simple way is not the easy way. No one ever promised us that community or Christian discipleship would be easy… This love is not sentimental but heart wrenching, the most difficult and the most beautiful thing in the world.”I must have skimmed over that part … [Read more...]

Musings on the Upcoming Holiday Season

Thursday Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of us in true, opulent American fashion. We’ll cook three times as much food as we need and then we’ll rush off to participate in Black Friday...on a Thursday night.“God, thanks for all this awesome stuff. Sorry to run, but we need to buy some more shit to be thankful for!”I’d love to tell you that I’m better than that. I wish I could say that version of the holiday season repulses me. But I’m struggling this year.In years past, it’s be … [Read more...]

We Refuse to be Enemies

I get what it means to feel connected to the land. My great great grandfather, Carl Schroeder, came from Germany to America. He built a farm atop a hill outside of a small town in rural Wisconsin. He had a son named Carl, who grew up and built his farm at the bottom of that hill. This Carl had a son named Carl, my grand father, who grew up and built his farm through the woods from his father’s farm. My grandfather also had a son named Carl, who built his farm adjacent to his father’s farm. Four g … [Read more...]

Remove the Chains

Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;     lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free,     and remove the chains that bind people.  Isaiah 58:6  (NLT) Callings are not always welcomed. They sound lofty and spiritual, but they really are a heavy burden if you don’t know how to follow them; my guess is that most of us are more like Jonah than Noah. What difference can one person make anyway? There is doubt that we heard anything at all, not to mention the fear of t … [Read more...]

Sleeping outside. Veterans and Homelessness

Veterans and Homelessness A scraggly beard covered his face. His brown eyes gleamed with a thousand sentiments and thoughts. He smiled at the children who walked past him. A Church bus pulled up south of trinity on Peachtree Street. 15 Korean Presbyterians ministers hit the pavement with tables, an audio system, and hot chili. The young worship leader grabbed his guitar and did a mike check. Jamie sat up from his reclined position against the small Maple tree that adorned the concrete. He said, … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Struggle With Racism?

    For centuries now, the divinity of Jesus Christ has been under fire. Whether this man from Nazareth was actually God, or was it all just a literary plot to perpetuate one of the largest world religions today, these are the questions that are currently being asked across many platforms today. Honestly, I think it's the wrong issue to be focused on. Whether Jesus was divine or not, or fully-divine, or fully-human, or whether you can have coffee without caffeine or not, these questions, at the e … [Read more...]

Walk Towards the Light

A week ago Sunday I led an Adult Christian forum between services at a Denver church with a real heart for social justice. My topic was “The Gospel Imperative to Do Social Justice: Living into God’s Vision of Shalom.”I chose two Bible verses to highlight:ISAIAH 1:17 (NRSV)                         learn to do good;                    seek justice,                         rescue the oppressed,                    defend the orphan,                         plead for the wi … [Read more...]

Killjoy Prophets: A Response to Tony Jones’ “In Praise of Empires”

By Daniel Fan News Flash: White Cis Hetero Male finds Empire Not So Bad After All A response to Tony Jones’ “In Praise of Empires”Courtney and I are in Rome this week, compliments of Focus Features and A Different Drummer, to visit the set of a movie based on Anne Rice’s novel, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. We are embargoed from writing anything about the movie (yet), but my fifteenth trip to the Eternal City has brought on some thoughts.Among Christianity’s critics from within — esp … [Read more...]