If we confess our sins

At this point in the sermon, pastors often balk and attempt to do the impossible — to provide an example of their personal “sin” that is not actually shameful or hurtful or distasteful. They’ll bring up some minor matter of akrasia, some petty foible or embarrassment. They’ll confess to once saying a dirty word when they accidentally hit their thumb with a hammer, or to being impatient in traffic. Their personal illustration, being something trivial, trivializes the entire sermon. [Read more…]

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The ‘work ethic’ can be unethical (part 1)

You should always work hard and do your best. This is a moral obligation. That seems reasonable. Who doesn’t think that working harder is better than slacking off? And who could possibly quarrel with something as uncontroversially wholesome as “always do your best”? But it’s misleading —
and morally wrong — in at least two ways. [Read more…]

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Sanctions against sanctuary cities should not be sanctioned

It’s a bit odd to be writing about this right after President Trump’s audaciously Nixonian firing of the FBI director — the third time this president has fired an official currently in charge of an investigation into the possible criminal activities of this president. But there’s a common thread here: White nationalist hegemony is incompatible with constitutional democracy. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the class & culture wars (4.13.17)

“Yes, the strong gets more while the weak ones fade. Empty pockets don’t ever make the grade. Mama may have, Papa may have, But God bless the child that’s got his own.” [Read more…]

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Sanctuary and ‘civil disobedience’ (part 2)

This is the difference between Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman. Parks effectively and strategically practiced civil disobedience. She broke an unjust law, submitting to her arrest and prosecution, and thereby helped to spark a public debate and a mass movement that ultimately changed and corrected that unjust law. Harriet Tubman broke an unjust law — many unjust laws — but she was compelled not to get caught doing so, for her own sake and for the sake of those she rescued. [Read more…]

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Feeding the hungry is a Good Thing

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would slash federal funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development by more than $6 billion. The biggest chunk of that cut would come from “eliminating the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program, which provides money for a variety of community development and anti-poverty programs, including Meals on [Read More…]

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‘Somebody else’s babies’

These signs are, on the one hand, a laudable appeal to empathy — a useful bit of instruction in empathy. Their message carries the moral authority of the Golden Rule. It asks passing motorists to consider the children of this neighborhood with the same care and concern they have for their own children. And that’s good. But, on the other hand, there’s also something terrifying and monstrous about the message of this sign. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the class & culture wars (2.21.17)

“I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” [Read more…]

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