Two American Dreams and One Economic Reality

Everyone in the country has heard the line from President Obama’s speech in Roanoke, VA, on July 13: “You didn’t build that.”  Almost before it was out of his mouth, Fox News and Rush Limbaugh were expressing mock outrage at the President’s disrespect for small business owners who, obviously, created their businesses without any help from [Read More…]

Anger in Compassion

"How should a Christian deal with righteous anger?" E.A., Chicago [Read more…]

Christ and Everything Else Thrown In

The question becomes, "What does it actually mean to follow Jesus, especially in modern times, or in middle- or upper-middle class North America?" If you're going to take the words of Jesus seriously – those ones about "losing your life for his sake" and "denying yourself" – well, what's your life going to look like? [Read more…]

A Pastoral Letter on the Death Penalty by Rev. Paul Stumme-Diers

A Pastoral Letter on the Death Penalty from Rev. Paul Stumme-Diers, Bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America that answers the question: “Should the death penalty be enacted in the State of Wisconsin for cases involving a person who is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, if the conviction is [Read More…]

Love and Judgment of Homosexuals

"How should a Christian reconcile the Bible's statements to be loving of others, especially those on the margins of society, with the passages that oppose homosexual behavior?"  E.B., Washington, D.C. [Read more…]

Picking the Right Faith

With so many different theological beliefs within Christianity, how can we be confident that we're living a faithful life?  Should we just pick one and hope we're picking right? D.M., Chicago    [Read more…]

How Do Different Faiths View War?

In light of the many violent conflicts around the world involving people of different faith traditions — Christians, Muslims, Jews, and others — what's the difference between Christianity and other religions when it comes to making decisions about war? T.D. New Haven, CT  [Read more…]

It’s Really Quite Obvious, by Rev. Anna Clock Saxon

It’s really quite obvious…that it’s always easier to keep the status quo, especially if it doesn’t affect us… It’s really quite obvious…that there is a problem with the provision of a basic human right in our country: adequate health care.  It’s really quite obvious…that Jesus calls us to recognize that all people are our neighbors [Read More…]

Not to Bring Peace, But a Sword, by Rev. William Sloane Coffin

Every prophet has realized that nobody loves you for being the enemy of their illusions. Every prophet has realized that most of us want peace at any price as long as the peace is ours and somebody else pays the price… [Read more…]

Confounded by Lies and Idols, By Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

It is not the idols of others that we need to be worried about.  It is our own tendency to make idols of finite things because we can’t face what we suspect a living God demands of us.  We’re scared and so we pin our hopes on violence, hoping to scare the demons away. [Read more…]