Putting our Collective Foot Down

Whew, it’s over! We’ve had about a week to regroup… the partisan bickering on social media sites has lessened (though not disappeared), and most American’s are moving forward with their normal, day to day lives. Another peaceful vote has come and gone. Analysis of the election, beginning before the winner was even called, has been [Read More...]

Who Would Jesus Vote For?

As election day draws near, I have been asking myself, “Who would Jesus vote for?” I have many friends who are convinced that the Christian faith requires them to vote Republican. And while I respect their convictions, I cannot agree. I think that if Jesus were registered to vote in the 2012 United States Presidential [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...]

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...]

Will the Real Truth-Tellers Please Stand Up?

Of the many differences between this year’s Republican and Democratic National Conventions, there’s one that should be of particular importance to religious leaders: truth-telling. The GOP event was, sadly, lie after lie. On the first day, speakers repeatedly assailed President Obama for claiming that small business owners “didn’t build” their companies—which he never said. Rick [Read More...]

If You Are Truly Pro-Life, You’d Vote Democrat

If you feel like “Life” is the sole issue Christians should vote on, I don’t see how you could do anything but vote Democrat.
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Ryan: Ivan the Terrible or Good Shepherd?

Paul Ryan’s discipleship of this atheist’s teachings shaped his belief in a form of distorted individualism that is more Russian novel than basic American goodness; more Ivan the Terrible than the Good Shepherd. [Read more...]

Part 8-Countering the Right’s Pharisaical Approach to Piety

The tendency of many leaders of the religious right and Republicans to focus on purity and on following the letter of the law while ignoring its spirit is not a problem unique to American politics…the idea–repeated by the prophets, Christ, and then throughout the epistles–that more is required of us than simple belief or a statement of faith is made especially clear in James. “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and they shudder!” (James 2:18-19).
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Keep Calm and Remain Faithful

In light of moving onward and upward through my last year of college at The University of Virginia, I thought that the best topic for today’s post might be the lessons I’ve learned this summer. Isn’t that what they say, write about what you know? Go to where you want to be and be the salt of the earth. Believe and support the next generation of amazing clergy. Seek out community near and far. And above all, remain faithful… Because folks, this election doesn’t look like it’s about to get any nicer. [Read more...]


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