A Less Lonely Way to Lose Your Faith: Isaac Anderson at The Atlantic

My friend Isaac Anderson has an article in The Atlantic called “A Less Lonely Way to Lose Your Faith,” and it’s well worth your time to read. Isaac profiles a community of un-faith in the Kansas City area called Oasis. They gather on Sunday mornings, sing songs, listen to talks, hold children’s programs, and to find friendship [Read More…]

Why is Kaepernick Being Slammed? Because Sport is the Liturgy of Empire

You can always tell what the sacred cow is… Colin Kaepernick is getting crushed for his (rather tame) symbolic act of civil disobedience. The timing is interesting for me because an article I’ve written for The Other Journal, in which I write about my own experience of the national anthem at a football game, went live [Read More…]

Ten Great Quotes About Grace From Some of My Favorite Writers

“The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It’s for you I created [Read More…]

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Hey America, Can I Be Your Pastor For a Moment?

  The big lie of every government is this: we can make you safe and happy. Governments should stop promising this, because they can’t deliver. America, powerful as it is, cannot keep its promises to make us safe and happy. Only God can do that. The primary means through which God has chosen to do that is through each other. [Read More…]

The Free Market v. Big Government Argument is a Scam: America is Getting Played by Wall Street

Some in our society, wish to deny that economic injustice exists. It’s a level playing field, they say. This is ridiculous. It’s not level for minorities. The top 400 billionaires in the U.S. hold as much wealth as all African-American households, plus one-third of Latino households combined (inequality.org) It’s not level for the middle class. The middle [Read More…]

Why Do American Christians Trust the 2nd Amendment More Than the Sermon on the Mount?

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” (Martin Luther King, [Read More…]

The Troubling Theology of Donald Trump

Peter Wehner is a lifelong Republican who served in the Reagan White House and that of George H.W. Bush. In George W. Bush’s White House Wehner was deputy director of speech writing and later head of the office of strategic initiatives. He writes largely for The Weekly Standard and National Review. It’s safe to say the [Read More…]

10 Ways to Impact Culture that Don’t Involve Presidential Politics

Trump v. Clinton Got You Down? Here are 10 things you could do right now to have a significant impact on the culture around you, and none of them involve presidential politics. 1. Have your neighbors over for dinner If there is any hope that our global society will learn to live together in mutual [Read More…]

Dr. Stuart Brown’s Seven Properties of Play

Summer break is here and it’s time to play, but do you really know how? Many adults, it seems, have distanced themselves from any kind of meaningful play. In his book Play, Dr. Stuart Brown says that when we lose are connection to play, we pay a high price. In fact, Brown says, “The opposite of play [Read More…]

On the Importance of Disappointing Your Congregation: Now up at HuffPo

  A version of the recent post “On the Importance of Disappointing Your Congregation” is now up at The Huffington Post. I have been grateful as I watch the numbers grow on the original post here at Paperback Theology. I think the appetite for the ideas presented in this article should be seen as a willingness on the part [Read More…]