For Hurricane Survivors: An Invitation to Lament

Since Harvey made landfall, I’ve been amazed by the courage of fellow Texans responding to the devastation. I’ve seen kindness and resourcefulness in the midst of a thousand details clamoring for attention—essential things like meals, potable water, toothbrushes, and clean clothes. I’ve noticed strength and patience as people have waited for power to be restored, met with insurance adjustors, and begun clean up. All the chaos of the aftermath of Harvey, not to mention the fires along the West coast,… Read more

Redefining Pro-Life

“Reason for your visit?” they asked. “Pregnancy termination.” I said. It’s not the story I wanted or dreamed of. It’s not a decision I ever thought I would face. But not a day goes by that I am not grateful that choice was mine. Read more

Why Christian Education Must Learn Adaptive Leadership

Living and Leading Change for Good: Meet the Disruptors The Forum for Theological Exploration series, Living and Leading Change for Good, invites you to meet the disruptors – theological explorers and visionary architects inspired by their Christian faith and fueled by courage.  These leaders are actively addressing civil and human rights issues and the anxiety about the rising tide of color in the U.S., along with creating social entrepreneurial ventures that respond to issues our communities face today. Our hope is that their voices… Read more

After Charlottesville: Not Enough

By O. Wesley Allen, Jr., Author of Preaching in the Era of Trump First off, a confession: I am a white man. As an American and a Christian I have been utterly disappointed and disgusted by our president’s response to last weekend’s event in Charlottesville. As everyone who has followed the presidential pendulum knows, on Saturday, August 12, President Trump blamed “many sides” for the violence that ensued and climaxed in white supremacist James Fields ramming his car into a crowd of… Read more

5 Years After Its Introduction, DACA Deserves Our Protection

The Bible teaches us that if one member suffers, we all suffer along with them. Read more

Breaking Bread, Building Community

Living and Leading Change for Good: Meet the Disruptors The Forum for Theological Exploration series, Living and Leading Change for Good,invites you to meet the disruptors – theological explorers and visionary architects inspired by their Christian faith and fueled by courage.  These leaders are actively addressing civil and human rights issues and the anxiety about the rising tide of color in the U.S., along with creating social entrepreneurial ventures that respond to issues our communities face today. Our hope is that their voices… Read more

Small Acts of Faith Open the Doors to Big Change

Living and Leading Change for Good: Meet the Disruptors The Forum for Theological Exploration series, Living and Leading Change for Good,invites you to meet the disruptors – theological explorers and visionary architects inspired by their Christian faith and fueled by courage.  These leaders are actively addressing civil and human rights issues and the anxiety about the rising tide of color in the U.S., along with creating social entrepreneurial ventures that respond to issues our communities face today. Our hope is that their voices… Read more

In the Era of Hatred, a Better Way Forward

It is astounding how short-lived our memory is as a nation. Political ethicist Reinhold Niebuhr believed we had much to learn from remembering our history. He once observed that history always repeats itself, although never in the same way. In our current political climate we could gain much from remembering our particular history with hatred and the moral failings and destruction that has resulted from this hatred. For example, hatred coupled with an insatiable hunger for power drove the United… Read more

Rethinking Our Approach to Injustice

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:24 (NRSV). Many of us long for the fulfillment of these words.  We cry out against the injustice we see, align ourselves with its victims, and work to change our world for the better.  Unfortunately, our efforts often seem to fall on deaf ears—the ones who could change the structures of injustice counter with resistance, denial, and alternative explanations that preserve the status quo.  What would… Read more

Beyond Salvation: Love Will Heal Us

During the confirmation hearing of Russell Vought, the nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, a very contentious exchange took place between him and senator Sanders of Vermont. During the hearing, senator Sanders quoted a passage from a 2016 blog written by Vought to defend Wheaton College. The passage was apparently found to be particularly objectionable: “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his… Read more

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