Burns Strider Talks Faith, Politics, and Rural Voters

On Friday, March 21st, Burns Strider sat down with Salena Zito of Off Road Politics’ to talk faith, elections, and rural voters. Zito is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review staff writer, a Trib editorial page columnist, and host of Off Road Politics on TribLIVE radio. When these two get together, it’s always a good time! Strider began [Read More...]

What the Real Saint Patrick Teaches us about Faith Today

If you ask your average “Irish American” about the life of Saint Patrick you would hear something about an Irish Shepherd who rid the Ireland of snakes with the power of Christianity—if you’re lucky. It is more likely that you would hear nothing about the “real” Saint Patrick, instead being forced to listen to incoherent [Read More...]

What If It’s Not the Prisoner Who Needs Forgiveness? (VIDEO)

Co-authored by Bill Mefford, director of civil and human rights at the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church & Society; and Sala Nolan Gonzales, minister for criminal justice and human rights at the United Church of Christ’s Justice & Witness Ministries. As Christians should know but often don’t, mass incarceration is one of our [Read More...]

Faith and Democratic Party Politics, an Interview I Gave…

I like telling the story of people of faith in the Democratic Party… their strength and resolve, through their faith in God, to be servants, caring for and fighting for the American people. [Read more...]

Why Romney Lost & How Dems Keep Winning: Part 2

Democrats should feel encourage and validated by the election. President Obama’s campaign did a very effective strategic job with their turnout effort, and voters clearly responded to our values and priorities. The fact that Democrats will enter next Congress with a net gain in the Senate (considering the number of seats Democrats were defending and [Read More...]

Working for God in the Public Square

When we ordain those called to ministry outside the parish walls we embolden people to imagine how the redemptive work of God can be done in every corner of our hurting world … The Church has a story to tell, a story that shatters the sword and drives out fear, a story that can change our world and even our politics. [Read more...]

Voting on Faith

Voting these days is an act of faith. We take the time to go to a polling station and cast a ballot even though we know our vote won’t affect the outcome of the election. And even if it did, our political system is so broken that fundamental change often seems unlikely anyway. We Americans [Read More...]

Jesus Doesn’t Care or Why Liberals Need Christ

without Jesus this progressive narrative can become self-defeating because it perpetuates the argument that we should judge people based on the value of their work and not their value as the image of Christ. An appeal to fairness is a good argument to make in a pluralistic or secular setting. It’s a good standard for determining public policy, and it’ll win elections. But for Christians it can be the be-all-and-end-all. [Read more...]

Damning Video Contrasts Romney’s Comments to Funders vs Pastors

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video is worth even more.  The video by Message Matters and American Values Network contrasts Romney’s statement to faith leaders about the poor and importance of maintaining a government safetynet vs his now infamous statements to rich donors about how he really feels.   Nothing I can say is more damning than [Read More...]

Scripture & Politics Guide Part 9: Applying Scripture in a Pluralistic Society

progressive Christians should not categorically condemn those who claim their faith must publicly inform all they do. But we should remind those who make such claims that when they take such a stance, they place a much higher burden on themselves. [Read more...]


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