The Hopeful Politics of “Everyday Attentive Reciprocity”

In the wake of the recent US presidential election, I've been drawn into a few efforts to re-imagine what faithful Christian politics might look like. These efforts have compelled me to start re-reading Stanley Hauerwas and Romand Coles important book: Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations between a Radical Democrat and a Christian (Cascade Books, 2008 -- This book was featured recently on a list of recommended books on cultivating Christian faithfulness in the Trump age that I compiled for The Englewood Review of Books.)In the book's introduction, I encountered … [Read more...]

A Politics of Hope in the Trump Age

Over the last week, I've been reflecting on how we can find hope in these anxious times. (Anxiety, of course, not only fueled Trump's rise to become the president-elect, but also the resistance to his platform in the wake of the election). I wrote a new piece for Relevant that is woefully brief, but that I hope will emphasize that our hope of a different -- and better -- sort of politics begins in our local churches. Make an ongoing commitment to know those in your church who differ from you. Step out of your comfort zone; join a Sunday school class, small group or church committee in which … [Read more...]

Indiana’s New RFRA Bill Hits Home on Indy’s Near Eastside

An article broke in the Indianapolis Star this afternoon, announcing that in response to Indiana's newly signed RFRA bill, major corporation Angie's List would be cancelling plans for an expansion to their campus on Indianapolis's Near Eastside.Key bits of the Star article: "The proposed expansion of the online consumer ratings service was touted to add 1,000 good-paying jobs over five years and help revitalize a struggling Eastside neighborhood.""Angie's List is open to all and discriminates against none," [Angie's List CEO Bill] Oesterle said, "and we are hugely disappointed in what … [Read more...]

A School for Kindness?

 One of the most interesting new books released this week is Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders. This hardback volume contains the graduation speech that Saunders gave at Syracuse University in 2013.  Although you can read the full text of the speech online, this lovely hardback would make a wonderful gift for all your friends and family who are graduating this spring!   [Also, watch a lovely video excerpt of the talk here ]I was especially captivated by this passage: Each of us is born with a series of built-in confusions that are probably s … [Read more...]

“A Great Day For the Children of Indiana”

We were honored to host a momentous occasion here at Englewood Christian Church today. Because of Daystar Childcare, our widely-recognized daycare, we were selected as the site where Gov. Mike Pence would sign into law, a new bill that provides state funding for Pre-Kindergarten.  As noted by Nicole Baker-Fulgham in her talk at the 2014 Justice Conference last month, Indiana was one of the last remaining states that did not provide any state funding for Pre-K. We were delighted to be the place where the journey began toward better care for the children of Indiana, and especially children of … [Read more...]

Is It Time for Post-Partisan Politics?

Is It Time for Post-Partisan Politics? A new AP poll shows that Congress is at its lowest approval rating ever with only 5% of Americans approving of them.   Over the last several years, Congress has shown again and again that they are utterly incapable of dealing with the deepest crises that are presently facing the American people. They repeatedly struggle merely to kick the economic can down the road, much less addressing the underlying economic issues that we are facing, and the U.S. continues to teeter on the brink of economic default. Both parties are pawns of lobbyists with deep … [Read more...]

Slow and Local are Where We Must Begin.

A Response to Jamie Smith...  I have a deep appreciation for Jamie Smith’s work.  His latest book, Imagining The Kingdom, will most likely be one of The Englewood Review of Books’ (of which I am the editor) best books of the year for 2013, and his Desiring the Kingdom was one named one of our best books of 2009.  And yet I can’t help feeling like the brilliant young philosophy professor has created a straw man in his latest blog post for Cardus: Knitting While Detroit Burns. This post is a response to Brandon Rhodes’s recent profile of Tacoma, WA’s Zoe Liveable Church on … [Read more...]