Rodeo Season in America

Although I come from a long time West Texas family I confess that we were not of the horses and cattle sort of Texans. More doctors, educators, and journalists to be honest. But I still love my boots and watching a good rodeo – because the culture of cattle and horses belongs to the deepest [Read More...]

The Religion of Business

As Christian America comes unglued, there are new possibilities for inter-religious dialogue with an unlikely religion. In his book One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America Kevin Kruse tells a compelling story of how the National Association of Manufacturers and business allies helped create a powerful synthesis of American and Christian identity, [Read More...]

Wouldn’t I, Wooden Eye, Hairlip Hairlip

There is an old and rather ugly joke about two people on a cruise. They who both want and need each others love. But there is a misunderstanding. She says, “wouldn’t I, wouldn’t I” in response to his invitation to dance. But obsessed with self consciousness about his wooden eye he offers an ugly retort [Read More...]

Fear of Death in Farmersville

Thus far the Islamophobia in Farmersville Texas, spurred on by a Christian pastor named David Meeks and others without name, hasn’t resulted in shed blood and has thus created little sense of outrage or concern at a national level. As a nation we are as comfortable with overt bigotry against Muslims today as we were [Read More...]

The Poisonous Fruit of Outrage

A scarred face and broken teeth stared out at me from my Facebook feed. The headline read, “Is this acceptable?” and plenty of people had jumped in to answer an emphatic “no!” Because that face had been created when a policeman threw the young woman to the ground, many added varying opinions of the police [Read More...]

Witnessing to Anxious Tribes: Stop the Steamroller.

The question we then face is how to understand the mission of Christ in a time of anxious tribalism. And I will suggest that Christian witness in a time of anxious tribalism will be primarily focused on the unity and diversity of human persons and societies as disclosed in the incarnate Christ. If in the [Read More...]

ANXIETY AND THE NEW TRIBES

Despite the fact that the emerging tribes in the US seek to secure their identity with primal narratives, narratives similar to those that secure the identity of all primal human groups, they and their members remain deeply anxious. This anxiety arises in part because although the narratives claim to be primal, they are in fact [Read More...]

Christian Witness among Anxious New Tribes 1

There is in the modern world, even beyond the North Atlantic realm, a deep consciousness that public identities, the ways in which we are known not only to ourselves, but others, are chosen, not given. And they are chosen in the midst of uncertainty and instability. And these two things: the breakdown of stable public identities, and [Read More...]

Two Religions, One Name

Christians belong to one of two different religions that just happen to share the same name. 1. In the debate over gay marriage appealing to the Bible’s literal prohibitions is a dead end argument. If you go the Old Testament we immediately hear Martin Sheen’s burn of an anti-gay radio star in West Wing. If [Read More...]

Love Wins?

Love wins! I’ve seen that posted a dozen times on Facebook since the recent supreme court decision. Not yet. More than half a century ago an Iban man, a leader of one of Sarawak’s indigenous peoples, carried a box into the office of Archdeacon Howell, an Anglican missionary. It was full of the various ritual [Read More...]

Gay Marriage: The Real Victory

The real victory in the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage was secularity, and its near final triumph as a social system. And the biggest loser is the non-modern worldview that is still common in many segments of American society. Particular losers are religious claims to be have something to say about social structures and [Read More...]


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