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 pre-existing health [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 Johnson County Kansas, a mostly white, extremely [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 [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 everybody. [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 economics. Immigration is a matter [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 Sullivan Throughout this election I’ve been saying that it seemed like [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 neighborhood is [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 sadness, joy. O Divine Master, [Read More…]

Rich Mullins Would Be 61 Today – He Was the Master of the One-Liner

Rich Mullins had such a low tolerance for B.S. I’m convinced that, had he lived longer into the digital age, Rich would still never have become a blogger. He wouldn’t be on snapchat or instagram, and there’s no way he would’ve been on Facebook. But twitter? I could see that. Rich was a master of the one-liner. Good songwriters work [Read More…]

Religion & Politics: How Being a Christian Makes for a Better Conservative, Better Liberal

For the Christian there is an inherent danger to involving ourselves in any kind of political discussion. We are supposed to love both our political neighbor and our political enemy. Politics and love… how can those things go together? I have a few ideas. First, Christians must check our citizenship. We are first and foremost citizens of the [Read More…]