Did the Koch Brothers Just Pick a Candidate?

On the list of the richest people in America, Charles and David Koch stand tied for 5th, each sitting on top of a $41 billion fortune. If you counted them together their $82 billion would easily win them first place, besting Bill Gates by over $6 billion. Bill and Melinda Gates have pledged, and are in [Read More…]

Franklin Graham and the Pain of Being the Son of a Great Father

Franklin Graham can be quite frustrating at times. Over the past few years, however, I’ve been feeling more and more compassion for him. There’s a great line from the movie Amistad. Two jaded White House staffers are making fun of John Quincy Adams. “What must that be like,” one of them asks, “knowing all your life, whatever [Read More…]

A Priest Walks Into a Bar: Why the Pope’s Visit was Good for Congress & Your Friday Funny All Wrapped Up in One

Why are there so many jokes about a priest walking into a bar? Why was it so powerful when Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress? Same reason. The premise of the priest-in-a-bar joke is that someone holy has walked into an unholy place. Bars–or so the jokes suppose–are places where people say and do questionable things they [Read More…]

Why was Brownback Booed at KU v. WSU Game?

It was meant to be a typical celebrity sighting by the CBS crew. During a commercial break in the KU v. WSU game, the camera focused on Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. The shot was displayed on the screens in the arena, and when fans got a glimpse of Sam Brownback, they started booing loudly. Let’s [Read More…]

Public Jesus: Beyond the Politics of Anxiety

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Politics in the Pulpit. Read other perspectives here.   Talking politics in the local church is tricky. One statement that flies in the face of a parishioner’s strong belief and that could be the end of the conversation, the end of your influence, and quite possibly the end [Read More…]

All Modern Bible Translations are Good, But Are They Equal? – Scot McKnight & the Politics of Bible Translations

Scot McKnight has a nice blog post in which he describes why the Bible translation you prefer says something about your personal politics. While I think bible scholars and teachers overestimate the amount of “use” these bible translations actually get (it’s been my experience that most Christians don’t read their bibles much at all), Scot makes an interesting point. [Read More…]

For Religious Conservatives, Election Was a Disaster – I Couldn’t Disagree More

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and one of the most powerful leaders within evangelical circles called the results of the presidential election an “evangelical disaster.” I could disagree more. This election was a gift. From NPR: Mohler says white evangelicals moved in lockstep: Seventy-nine percent voted for Republican Mitt [Read More…]

Talking About Politics in an Election Year

I did an interview w/the Peace Pastor Marty Troyer for his blog at the Houston Chronicle. Marty sent me some questions he had after reading Public Jesus & I answered them in a bit of a hurry. I read back over them after they were posted and realized that I did not have the filter [Read More…]