Feeling the Bern? Maybe.

I’m intrigued by Bernie Sanders. When he initially announced his presidential bid for 2016, I thought this must be a publicity stunt, an attempt to promulgate his left-of-everyone political brand. One need not be a political science professor to see that he should be too liberal to be a truly viable presidential candidate. Surely, I [Read More...]

Blessed are the Peacemakers: A Deal with Iran

Last week President Barack Obama delivered what could become the most significant foreign policy victory of his Presidency: a nuclear peace deal with Iran. Speaking of the historic peace deal, President Obama remarked,  “[A]fter two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not [Read More...]

Changing Indiana: How RFRA got fixed

The last time I wrote about religious liberty for this blog, I had been inspired to do so by many conversations with friends and coworkers, musing about how we might be able to take a few steps forward and, as progressives, rightfully claim this issue as our own. About a month later, we watched the kerfuffle in [Read More...]

Dems Ought to Lay Claim to Religious Liberty

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” This is the first amendment. It protects, among other things, [Read More...]

Prayer doesn’t answer with discrimination

Prayer is a powerful motivator. In heart and mind, one reaches out to God, a higher power, and asks for well wishes, grace, humility, peace and guidance. Prayer is powerful because once an answer is derived, it is believed to be true and a direct answer from an all-knowing spirit or being. But history is [Read More...]

Celebrating the Power of Light at Christmas

At every Christmas Eve service my favorite part is always the final singing of Silent Night. Watching the warm orange and yellow light from the flickering candles one-by-one is a joyous sight as new faces, old faces, and those who have been away the past year are welcomed into one union celebrating the birth of Jesus. My [Read More...]

Politicians Ignore The Working Poor At Their Peril

Democrats have been convinced they should not make any mention of the poor–instead focusing exclusively on the middle class…but recent nationwide survey showed that, when framed correctly, voters across the socioeconomic and political spectrum respond much more favorably to politicians who talk about the working poor. And perhaps more importantly, this new messaging trumps the best Republican arguments for cutting funding to government programs that help lower income Americans. This messaging approach is not about using words to cover the truth, but instead ensuring the words we use better communicate the truth. [Read more...]

Why Romney Lost, & How Dems Can Keep Winning: Part 1

Obama won because Republican values are just anathema to most Americans. But he also won because voters knew Obama understood them and would put them first…they trusted him to figure out the best course forward for our country and do what was right for their families. Here’s why: [Read more...]

Would Jesus Vote?

I saw a headline here at Faithful Democrats the other day that asked, “Who Would Jesus Vote For?” The question gave me pause. What would it even look like for Jesus to vote? Imagine Jesus walking into a polling place wearing his usual off-white tunic. He waits in line awkwardly and scans the room, secretly [Read More...]

Buttprints in the Sand: Christians & The Role of Government

I adapted the more famous version of this poem for a sermon a few years back, and it seemed like a good (and hopefully fun) anchor for a post on the role of Church and Government and factors Christians should weigh when voting and picking political sides: One night I had a wondrous dream Two [Read More...]


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