6 Things Christians Can Do Right Now To Combat Anti-Semitism

A few days ago, I wrote about the relative silence by Evangelical leaders in regards to the uptick in anti-Semitism we're seeing in this country. I have been appreciative of the expressions of concern and support by Gentile believing friends, but discouraged by the lack of attention this problem has been given by Evangelical church leaders. Martin Niemöller's well-known words are a prophetic warning for all of us when it comes to acting on behalf of the marginalized and persecuted. First they … [Read more...]

Evangelical Leaders, I’m Listening…

...but it seems to be a little quiet regarding a subject filling the headlines lately.There are lots of difficult things happening in this country. We sense we're at a turning point regarding the ongoing pain of systemic racial injustice, "gotcha" travel bans, ICE's new wave of aggressive immigration policing, or the stew of legal and ethical questions about gender and sexuality, just to cherry-pick a few issues off the top of my head. You can probably add a few more to my list.Each one … [Read more...]

Protips: How To Be Ill While Adulting

For some, a marker they've reached adulthood can come in the form of signing a lease, buying a household appliance, or sitting on hold with the insurance company after filing a claim. One defining moment for me came when I was a young mom caring for my infant daughter and I became very ill. I did my best to take care of her (it wasn't pretty, but I muddled through), all the while wondering who was going to take care of me. I was grateful for my husband's presence, but since he couldn't … [Read more...]

Adult Baptism & Instruction

Is instruction in order to prepare for baptism a requirement in your church? If so, who is the focus on that process?If I’d been required to take a series of prep classes or undergo a formal catechism, I wouldn’t have been able to undergo baptism until I was an adult. I became a follower of Jesus as a teen, and my Jewish parents forbade me to attend church as long as I lived under their roof.However, I was presented with an opportunity to undergo baptism by immersion just months after I f … [Read more...]

Sykes, Eliason, And the Hard Work Of Regret

This past weekend, I heard an expression of regret from a man who had shaped the faith and politics of thousands of of people over the last two decades. The chastened accounting of some of the damage he'd done was a rare and welcome admission. Though it has come so late in the game, I am a firm believer in the old adage that it is never too late to do the right thing. If that's the case, his admission came right on time.I have spent of time pondering the subject of regret. In fact, I even … [Read more...]

Evangelicalism’s Uneasy Relationship With Qohelet

The world-weary author(s) of Ecclesiastes seems to have been well-acquainted with privilege and power. This voice is named only by title (Qohelet*, often translated as "preacher", he's a sage who knows what's what) and a "son of David" (a ruler in his own right and an heir of the king; some suggest Solomon, but Bible scholars have lots of other ideas about the identity - or identities - of the author[s] of this book).  I thought about the "been there, done that" way in which the book o … [Read more...]

What Are You Reading? January 2017 Edition

One of my go-to questions of both friends and new acquaintances is, "What are you reading?" It's really another way of asking, "Who are you hanging around with these days? Maybe I can hang around with you guys, too." I'm always looking for book recommendations. As you can see, I'm a little light (as usual) in the fiction department, so feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments section below.Maybe you're in the market for a book to add to your stack, too. Here's what I've read … [Read more...]