Is Adrian Peterson a Scapegoat?

Is Adrian Peterson being scapegoated? Suzanne and Adam discuss ways in which the condemnation of Peterson's physical punishment of his child-- which certainly deserves to be condemned -- can make us feel as if we are doing enough to protect children. Could it be that uniting against Peterson prevents us from examining our own complicity in abusive child rearing practices?Links to articles mentioned:Benjamin L. Corey's "Why Jesus Wants You To Stop Spanking Your Kids"Michael Eric … [Read more...]

How Christians Should Respond to President Obama: On Fear, Violence, and Safety

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Do you feel safe?President Obama made his case for war against ISIS during his address to the nation last night. He juxtaposed two statements that sum up the contradictory message that American presidents have been telling us with a straight face since at least the Vietnam War: America is safer. Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. I don’t feel safe. We’ve been fighting the “War on Terror” for 13 years – and what have we earned for that effort? More terrorists!At the beginning … [Read more...]

The NFL, Ray Rice, and Keith Olbermann – I Accuse Us

A second video surfaced on Monday that confirmed what many already knew to be true – Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked out his future wife, Janay Palmer, with a punch to the head in a hotel elevator last February.The first video of the incident surfaced a few months ago. It should Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer from the elevator. Later at a press conference, Rice admitted that his actions were “inexcusable” and that the couple were in counseling.For “inexcusably” beating … [Read more...]

Parenting, Paddle Boards, and Balancing Faith

My child learning to paddle board.

My family recently went on a vacation to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. Coeur D’Alene is a city in northern Idaho that is not only impossible to spell, but it nestles upon against an impossibly beautiful lake where my aunt and uncle own a gorgeous home.I had a great time playing in the water with my three children. We swam, rode a paddle boat, and played in the sand. All safe and fun activities that were perfect for my 7, 6, and 4 year old children.But then my aunt did the unthinkable! As I was a … [Read more...]

A Theology of Labor

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A theology of labor involves Genesis 2:15 – “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.”Labor is fundamentally a good thing and a theology of labor includes responsible stewardship of the earth’s resources. The first chapter of Genesis is obsessed with telling us that the world is good. As such, God calls us to labor for it, to responsibly keep and care for it. Of course, labor often involves hard, back breaking work that doesn’t always feel good. Gene … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Hope to “Reconcile” in a World of Conflict

"Reconcile" by John Paul Lederach

From Ferguson to Ukraine to Syria to Iraq to local neighborhoods to family systems, many of us are feeling overwhelmed by the many conflicts that afflict our world. The news continues to feed us an unhealthy diet of continual conflict, hostility, and violence. It’s easy to think that this is just how the world works. It’s easy to lose hope that we can find reconciliation.If you are beginning to feel a sense of despair like I am, please read Reconcile by international peacebuilder John Paul Le … [Read more...]

Rock, Paper, Scissors … GOD! – Children and a Nonviolent Reading of the Bible

grass seed capital

Last April, my family moved to Eugene, Oregon. Eugene is located in Linn County. This is all you need to know that important fact:Linn County is the “Grass Seed Capital of the [FREAKIN] World.”Guess who is allergic grass seed? Yeah, that’s right. Me. My face has been a hideous mess of goopy sludge emanating from my nose and eyes.I’ve tried everything soothe my pain. Claritin. Allegra. Zyrtec. Nothing worked. The only thing that provided any relief were frozen blueberry waffles … [Read more...]