I’m Praying for Sean Hannity

This blog was inspired by Ted Koppel’s take down of Sean Hannity on TV. Koppel languidly responded to Sean’s question, “You think I’m bad for America?” By saying, “Yes, you have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.”I’m sure most of those reading this blog are progressives or liberals, or left-leaning folks of some kind. And I lean that way as well. But my real life has taken me in many directions that have shown me things that don’t fit that stereoty … [Read more...]

A Shack of Grace

The movie, The Shack received an 18 percent rating from the “top” critics. They say its “sappy and simple-minded,” a Christianity that is “positive, open and loving,” (as if that’s a problem), and an “idealized form of spirituality that's inclusive, relaxed and open,” again, is this wrong? And, of course, for some it “plods,” and it is “dispiriting” and full of opportunities to “sob for two hours,” which I assume they think is a bad thing. Finally, it “feels like a overly long church sermon.” Wow … [Read more...]

Bread and Breasts

We go to a church near us; we can get there in five minutes. We are usually late. The preacher is Richard Dalhstrom. After retiring from ministry at my church on Bainbridge Island, I’ve taken a break from active ministry—okay, I burned out. I knew about Richard because he was one of the pastors in my book on vital, Pacific Northwest churches, called Evangelical vs. Liberal. Richard stood out, unaffected, blunt, Jesus-centered, and crazy for justice—my kind of guy.So it was easy choice to go t … [Read more...]

Princeton Theological Statement Against American First

An important message from my alma mater, Princeton Theological Seminary, no bastion of liberalism, but nonetheless a strong message of resistance to the corrosive effects of "American First" as an ideology that is not consistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For those of you who disagree, read it first, pray on it, search your conscience before you sound off, especially if you claim Jesus Christ as your Lord. In Defense of Christian Faith and a Democratic Future On the Trump Presidency: … [Read more...]

Do Black Lives Matter to the Church?

Guest Blogger: Brooke Anne WellmanAs a white person, it is difficult to write about racism claiming any sort of moral high ground, but not to talk about it is a deep moral error.I have heard people of color say that in these kinds of conversations, they often find themselves doing most of the work to educate white people. Either that, or feeling like they have to lighten the mood and keep their real thoughts shut up inside so as not to bruise the egos of their white friends. This is … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger: Brooke Anne Wellman

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