The Obamney Religion Problem, Part II

If the 2012 Republican primary campaign is remembered for one thing, it must be the near constant rise and fall of the “non-Romney.”   It began with the unlikeliest of challengers: Michele Bachmann. A staunchly conservative Tea Party congresswoman, Bachmann ascended to the summit of the Iowa Straw Poll before dropping like a rock out [Read More...]

The Obamney Religion Problem, Part I

I recently read an essay posted on, titled “Whatever happened to Romney’s ‘Evangelical Problem’?”. The first line of the article sums up perfectly the contention between Romney’s Mormonism and the conservative, Evangelical base of the Republican Party:  “For six years, reporters and commentators have told the American public that evangelicals don’t want to vote [Read More...]

Are You a Good Steward?

By Drew Robinson, Good Steward Campaign Field Director As a young Evangelical Christian there are many issues that my generation will have to face.  From our continuing struggles with poverty, to seeking world peace, to providing every American, and hopefully every citizen of the world, with a quality education and access to affordable healthcare – there [Read More...]

The Triumph of Hypothetical Evil Over Real Evil

Originally posted in Sojourners’ Blog, “God’s Politics” Written by Aaron D. Taylor There’s a famous maxim that says, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Though Wikipedia says otherwise, the statement is often attributed to Edmund Burke. I doubt that Wikipedia will give me the credit for this [Read More...]

Proud and Faithful Democrats

This past weekend, the New York Times ran an op-ed piece by their resident conservative religion columnist, Ross Douthat. In the title Douthat asks, “Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?”  He then proceeds to criticize liberal Christian denominations, Episcopalians in particular, for lacking a religious reason for their own existence.  Ouch. A Church lacking a religious reason for [Read More...]

A Theology of Failure

What does it mean to have an adequate theology of failure? Or rather, what does it actually-practically-realistically mean when we say, "Out of weakness emerges strength?"   Reverend Gina Campbell raised this question last Sunday morning during her sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  The gospel reading was from Mark 6:1-6, which tells [Read More...]

You Need More than a Fishing Permit

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.”   So goes the familiar proverb. It is one that has become deeply entrenched in our national ethos, and lately, the pithy maxim has found its way into our political discourse in [Read More...]

A Note on the Arms Trade Treaty

By Bishop Elias Taban, President of the South Sudan Evangelical Alliance We all know the massive damage that a tank or fighter jet can do.  When people visualize the devastation of violent conflict, our minds go to the big guns and bombs.  But I have spent over 40 years of my life at war.  I [Read More...]

Celebration of the Black Church

This post is a response to Professor Barbara Dianne Savage’s "The Myth of the Black Church." For those unfamiliar with this excerpt from Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion, Prof. Savage reflects on the lineage and diversity found in the "Black church". She characterizes the compilation of the many denominations and religious institutions [Read More...]

An Addendum to Feminist Theology

Guilty as charged. I did what every feminist theologian has been criticized for. I wrote from only one woman’s perspective. In the attempt I made last week to bring a Christian voice to the “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” conversation, I wrote from the perspective of and responded very much to wealthy, educated [Read More...]