The Hoosier State has been at the forefront of the controversial school voucher program. Few states rank ahead of Indiana in the amount of public funds used by parents to send their children to private schools. Depending upon your point of view, this fact might please you or fill you with dread. But as a leader in the school choice voucher game, Indiana is also a lightning rod for the controversy that comes along with it. Anyone with a basic… Read more

Just look at what we have become. Every day, there is a new batch of viral videos all over social media that show bigotry, racism, and hatred being spewed from the mouths of angry, nationalistic whites who have been emboldened by the not-so-enigmatic dog whistle rhetoric issuing forth from the White House under that oh-so-catchy mantra, Make America Great Again. I have written tirelessly about my growing uneasiness with the fact that so many conservative Christians seem to be willing… Read more

At some level, I think everyone can feel it. Likely, many are too afraid to come out and say it, but they feel it just the same. Not long ago, I wrote about it. Yes, the once unthinkable scenario of another civil war in the U.S. is suddenly thinkable. In fact, despite my natural propensity for optimism, I am beginning to be incapable of imagining the coming election cycles ending without some sort of bloodshed. I hate that I just… Read more

He was a man of deep Christian faith, an ordained Presbyterian minister, and a Republican. Yet, he angered the Christian Right with his message. He must have been doing something right. As I watched the new documentary about Fred Rogers yesterday, I was greatly moved, sometimes to tears, by this sweet, gentle man who was such a big part of my childhood. I was moved by his assertion that love, or the lack of it, is at the core of… Read more

Yes, America is politically divided–badly so. But this is nothing new. The truth is, this country has always been divided. Historically, the only times our division goes away is during time of crisis. Anyone older than their mid-20s can certainly remember the last time Americans put our division aside. Who could forget how different it felt in the weeks following September 11, 2001 when it seemed our entire nation was on the same page? It was amazing to experience that… Read more

I hear it all the time and it never fails to make me cringe–this is a Christian nation. I don’t cringe because I am anti-Christian–I am one. I cringe for two reasons; one, this is, in fact, not a Christian nation and two, when many of the people running around saying it act the way they do, say the things they say, and support the causes they support, they bastardize what it is to be a Christian and it causes irreparable… Read more

Like a lot of people, lately I’ve been struggling with finding optimism about my beloved country. As a student and teacher of our history, I understand that things have never been as good as they sometimes seem–that the concept of the good ol’ days is a myth. I try to keep that in mind as I look to our future. I try to remember that ours is a long history of struggle to live up to our own lofty ideals–a… Read more

Someone has said that not all Trump supporters are racists, but all racists are Trump supporters. While universal statements are hard to prove, this one seems to be pretty close to the truth. There are a lot of things that bewilder me about how some of my Christian friends and family can continue to stand firmly behind the Trump administration. Yet, on some level, I do understand their thinking in voting for conservative candidates. For example, I get how, if… Read more

Before I begin, I should come right out and admit that I don’t know exactly where I am going with this. Forgive me but, if I sound scattered, that’s just a reflection of my thoughts. As the White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a natural lightning rod for controversy. She has the unenviable job of facing the press and trying to clean up the President’s daily messes. Because it is often her job to come to the defense… Read more

I write this from the cradle of the American Civil War. Just down the road from my current location is the town of Manassas, Virginia. In July, 1861, it was the site of the first major battle of the Civil War. On ground now set aside as a memorial, the first significant blood of that conflict was spilled. At the end of that battle, almost 900 people lay dead in the very fields I walked on yesterday. It was a… Read more

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