Cornel West on Obama and the Domestication of MLK’s legacy.

Please, PLEASE take five minutes on this Inauguration Day and watch the following video...Cornel West is spot on that Obama has done precious little to address the three main concerns that animated MLK: racism (in 2013, the "prison-industrial complex'), militarism and poverty.And while you're at it, think about the question of where the real power for transformation lies? I would suggest, as Cornel West does here that it is not in the Oval Office, or government in general, but in the people of God, and prophets like MLK, who can whet our appetite's for the coming Kingdom of God... … [Read more...]

IHOP and the fueling of Anti-Gay Legislation in Uganda

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I was intrigued when I saw the announcement today that the documentary God Loves Uganda would be featured at the Sundance Film Festival.  I have been deeply saddened by the violence surrounding issued of sexuality in Uganda, and was startled to hear Roger Ross Williams, the director of this new documentary, reveal that his research into the forces energizing this violence can be tracked back to American evangelicals.  Watch this short clip of Williams introducing the film...Ever curious, I was eager to know who what part(s) of American evangelicalism were being identified as fomenting t … [Read more...]

New Book: Letters to Me

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A new book to which I have contributed was released yesterday... Letters to Me: Conversations with A Younger Self Other Contributors include: Margot Starbuck, Tamára Lunardo, David Baer, Seth Barnes, Lore Ferguson, Lyla Lindquist, Anita Mathia, Brian McLaren, Penny Nash, Wade Owlett, Kristin Ritzau, Aletheia Schmidt, Therese Schwenkler, Charity Singleton, Shawn Smucker, J. B. Wood, and Eric Sheridan WyattBuy now: [ Amazon Paperback ] [ Kindle ]What’s the book about? Writers remember something that happened when they were between 18 and 30, and then send a letter to themselves about t … [Read more...]

A Hymn for Election Day.

 It's probably a sin of the deepest sacrilege to connect a song of this extraordinary beauty with Election Day...But I can't stop thinking about how relevant it is...Here's just a few snippets:"What a beautiful piece of heartache This has all turned out to be Lord knows we've learned the hard way All about healthy apathy" … [Read more...]

What if Columbus and Cortez had their own Reality TV Show?

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We were staying with relatives this weekend and while flipping through the channels on Friday night, we stumbled upon the premier of the new Discovery Channel show, Jungle Gold. The premise of the show is that two Americans, who are in over their heads in debt (to the tune of over a half million dollars) after trying to get rich in Real Estate before the housing bubble burst, are headed to Ghana to make quick money mining gold.  A trailer for the show is available above. … [Read more...]

Recovering a Politics of Lament in Our Faith Communities

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An article that I wrote for the Huffington Post went live today...This article is a followup to my blog series here last week on lamenting the Aurora shooting...Also, if these reflections on lament have resonated with you, you should check out my friend Tripp Hudgins' recent thoughts in the same direction...  Recovering a Politics of Lament in Our Faith Communities C. Christopher Smith, Senior Editor, The Englewood Review of Books One of the most disturbing things about the American public's reaction to the recent theater shooting in Aurora was the speed at which the … [Read more...]

What Does it Mean to Lament?

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This post is a follow-up to Saturday's post on Lament and the Aurora Theater shooting.Over the last couple of days, I have realized that lament is such a foreign concept for many of us as Westerners that I might have been making too big of a leap in assuming that people knew what I meant by lament.  So, I offer a few more thoughts here about what lament is and what it might mean for us to lament the recent theater shooting in Aurora.To lament is to come alongside those who grieve, to sit with them (literally or figuratively) in the silence and to recognize there that in God's … [Read more...]


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