Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Worry, Violence & Loving Our Enemies

Worry: “Do not worry! Earthly goods deceive the human heart into believing that they give it security and freedom from worry. But in truth, they are what cause anxiety. The heart which clings to goods receives with them the choking burden of worry. Worry collects treasures, and treasures produce more worries. We desire to secure our lives with earthly goods; we want our worrying to make us worry-free, but the truth is the opposite. The chains which bind us to earthly goods, the clutches which h … [Read More...]

Science, Faith, & Podcasting: A Match Made in Youth Ministry (an interview with Lulu Miller & Science Mike)

A few months ago I took part in a Templeton Foundation grant to promote a better relationship between science and youth ministry. My task was to work on an article that would address some aspect of how the arenas of science and youth ministry intersect. As part of my project I interviewed Lulu Miller, cohost of Invisibilia, and Science Mike, from The Liturgists, and Ask Science Mike podcasts. What follows is an excerpt from my article, which has been published at Princeton Seminary's Institute fo … [Read More...]

What If Trump Supporters & Women’s Marchers Are All Missing the Boat?

"All the big things that were once taken for granted are now under assault." That's a quote from an article by David Brooks in today's NYTimes explaining why he believes the women's march this past weekend will ultimately fail to be an effective opposition to Donald Trump's administration. The … [Read More...]

The Affordable Care Act Worked for My Family & We Really Needed It to Work

 I was thinking back to where my family was when Obamacare first went into effect. I wrote the post below after we had been kicked off our health insurance & dumped into the Kansas high-risk pool. Time and again as we shopped for new coverage we were denied by insurance companies due to … [Read More...]

Here’s How We Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

All the neighborhood kids are out of school for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so for Cole McGee and his Redemption Church Youth Group there's only one way to celebrate: a massive Playstation FIFA tournament.The church I pastor is seated in one of the only pockets of socio-economic diversity in Jo … [Read More...]

Ezra Klein Interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates on Race, Justice & the Tragic Imagination

Ezra Klein interviewed Ta-Nehisi Coates recently and the audio is up on the Ezra Klein Show podcast. Here are a few quotes & a comment about it.Klein credits Coates for having what he calls a tragic imagination—a sense that things don't always turn out well in the end. Sometimes things go t … [Read More...]

15 Great Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Book lovers are a picky bunch. What we're really after is more books, but we also want a deeper connection to the authors we love, and to share our love of books with our friends. With that in mind this is a list of 15 Great Gift Ideas for Book Lovers - the 2016 edition.01. A Biography of their F … [Read More...]

Wolf Blitzer Moderates Thanksgiving Dinner Like a Political Debate – Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Need a referee with a whistle to keep the peace at your Thanksgiving get together? Ellen DeGeneres introduces "Mobile Moderator," a new service that will allow Wolf Blitzer, Megyn Kelly, or Anderson Cooper to moderate your Thanksgiving dinner and keep post-election peace. Happy Thanksgiving … [Read More...]

Who Would Jesus Deport?: For the Christian, Immigration Isn’t About Politics or Economics

I am raising my voice in opposition to the prospect of the United States Government rounding up and deporting millions of our neighbors because they do not have legal immigration status. I'm doing so as a Christian and as a pastor. Because, for the Christian, immigration isn't about politics or … [Read More...]

John Jeremiah Sullivan Drills Down on Soft White Liberal Upper-middle-class College Types

I have no desire to be that person, who lets politics affect him so deeply he forgets the higher truths. We’re all confused and error-prone. If we weren’t, we wouldn’t need politics. We have to fight fiercely to respect one another. - John Jeremiah SullivanThroughout this election I've been s … [Read More...]

Here’s What I Told My Church After the Election

Wednesday evening after the election our church gathered for one of our 6 yearly congregational meetings. We planned it for the night after the election on purpose, wondering if there might be a healing moment for us there. I'm guessing our church is half and half on red or blue politics. But our … [Read More...]

An Election Day Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is discord, harmony; Where there is error, truth; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is … [Read More...]