Listening for the Unheard Voice

Listening for God's unheard voice (Photo: Flickr, Moyan Brenn, Creative Commons License, some changes made)

This article is part of my blog series inspired by Jesus the Forgiving Victim: Listening for the Unheard Voice by James Alison.*On 2004 my denomination, the United Church of Christ, chose as a slogan the phrase, “God is Still Speaking,”. They cleverly ended the phrase with a comma, the perfect punctuation to represent the ongoing nature of God’s communication. Unfortunately, if God is indeed still speaking we are having a hard time discerning that voice among the din of modern life. And let’s … [Read more...]

My White Dad and Sandra Bland: On “Assaulting” a Police Officer

Sandra Bland being arrested. (Photo: Screenshot from YouTube)

“I fixed the problem with your car,” the mechanic told my dad. “You can pick it up now.”It was the mid-1990s. I was a junior in high school. My dad and I drove to the auto shop to pick up my new car. Well, it wasn’t new per se. It was used, very used, but it was new to me.Needless to say, I was very excited. And my dad was excited for me. I remember him being very proud of me. He has always been a proud, patient, and joyful father. I can only remember him getting angry twice during my chi … [Read more...]

Wednesday Sermon: No Time to Eat! – Mimetic Theory and the Gospel

Jesus teaching his disciples by the sea. (Photo: Flickr, Waiting for the Word, Creative Common License, some modifications)

Pastors have a frequent question when they begin to discover mimetic theory. “That’s great. But how does it preach?” Reverends Tom and Laura Truby shows that mimetic theory is a powerful tool that enables pastors to preach the Gospel in a way that is meaningful and refreshing to the modern world. Each Wednesday, Teaching Nonviolent Atonement will highlight Tom and Laura’s sermons as an example of preaching the Gospel through mimetic theory. In this sermon, Tom and Laura discuss the mimetic pull … [Read more...]

The Planned Parenthood Scandal: Beyond the Morality Police

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Planned Parenthood was put on the defensive last week when a heavily edited video surfaced of a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the organizations procedures for organ and tissue donations.The scandal provides a perfect moral dilemma for our culture to discuss the morality of Planned Parenthood. The older I get, the more I realize that morality is tricky business.That’s because in these types of culture wars everyone couches their arguments in the name of moral goodness. Each side … [Read more...]

Dismantling Racism Part, Pt 2: #WhatHappenedToSandraBland

Image via Twitter photos of Sandra Bland.

There are uneducated people who are hell-bent on self-extermination. I am not one of them. I am into building up my kings and queens. She could have been my neighbor.28-year-old Sandra Bland was on her way to changing the world. Outspoken in the Black Lives Matter movement, courageous and compassionate, she was on her way to claim a job she had earned at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M, in student outreach. What should have been a joyful and celebratory time in her life ended in … [Read more...]

Jesus the Forgiving Victim: Huh??

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This article is part of my blog series inspired by Jesus the Forgiving Victim: Listening for the Unheard Voice by James Alison.*James Alison’s title for his course of introduction to Christianity for adults is often met with confusion. More than once I have been asked which victim community we are speaking for, as if we are a new advocacy group they hadn’t heard of yet. When I explain that the title doesn’t refer to people as victims but to Jesus as our victim, that doesn’t clear things up ve … [Read more...]

The Iran Deal and American Self-Deception

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Politicians and pundits on both sides of the American political divide are debating the merits of President Obama’s deal with Iran. While Obama claims he has forestalled an Iranian nuclear weapon for at least another 10 years with unprecedented weapons inspection, Republicans state that the deal will only encourage the world’s most dangerous sponsor of terrorism.Only time will tell us about the merits of the deal. For now, I’m interested in the response from our Republican presidential candi … [Read more...]