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

New York Must Choose: Stand With Children or With Their Abusers

When victims of child sex abuse come forward to seek justice and stop abusers from harming others, unbelievably they are blocked by New York State law. New York ranks among the worst in the nation — alongside Alabama, Mississippi and Michigan — for how its courts and criminal justice system treat survivors of child sex abuse. If you think a law doesn’t make much difference, take a moment to consider Sara: “When I was 13 and 14 years old, I… Read more

Consuming the Eucharist Chastises Our Consumerism

  “On the night he was betrayed he took bread, broke it, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my body, which is given for you…”” says the minister. Then he exhorts the congregation to repent. The congregants rise and approach the table. They take of the bread and drink the wine. Later they receive the benediction to go forth into the world to serve and love. And go forth they do. They sprint out… Read more

Scholarship in a Time of Fear

  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… Read more

Who Is My Neighbor? (Reflections on the L.A. Riots)

A guest post from Rebecca Lister This past week marks the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots. On NPR’s Here and Now, I was listening to the host, Robin Young, as she interviewed the four African American strangers who saved a white truck driver from being beaten to death on that day. Fueled by the acquittal of four white police officers in the brutal beating of African American taxi driver Rodney King, the riots personified all that was wrong… Read more

PRESIDENTS TRUMP & DUTERTE SHOULD TRAVEL TOGETHER FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO THE SOBER HOUSE

During a “very friendly conversation,” last Saturday, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, invited the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, to the White House ~ knowing that seven months ago (10/16), in response to the presence of three million drug addicts in his country, President Duterte was quoted in the New York Times as saying, “I’d be happy to slaughter them” and then he went on to cite Hitler’s actions during the Holocaust ~ adding that… Read more

Young People Are Leading the Way. Will The Church Follow?

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

A PISTOL PACKING PASTOR, RABBI & IMAM (& Other Responses to Increasing Attacks Against Houses of Faith)

Although it has been happening for a long time, there are an increasing number of attacks on institutions, individuals, and houses of faith. Here are a few historic and current, general and personal examples: Fifty years ago, fifteen sticks of dynamite were detonated at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four African American girls were killed and twenty-two others were injured in the blast at the church known as a center of activity in the civil rights movement…. Read more

6 Reasons Why Love Made Me A Progressive Christian

I am a progressive Christian. I did not choose this, like selecting which kind of ice cream my wife is most in the mood for (as long as it has chocolate but no nuts, I am probably safe). It is probably more accurate to say I grew into it. I have always been a follower of Jesus. I suspect I always will be. But the way I understand the nature of that “following” has evolved. In short, I am a… Read more

Dear White Christians (An invitation to take on five commitments for racial justice)

A majority of white Christians supported President Trump during the campaign, voted for him, and are in favor of many of his actions thus far, including his thwarted ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Unfortunately, that support sends a harsh message. The majority white Christian support for President Trump and his policies tells non-white Christian brothers and sisters and many others that we don’t hear them nor care about their dignity and safety. Hundreds of disparaging statements and… Read more

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