Impeaching Trump: The Bible’s Prophetic Message for the President

Rumors and accusations swirl around President Trump. Are his days as president numbered? Are Democrats and Republicans uniting against him as he makes one blundering political move after another?Trump’s controversial meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is the latest event in the drama of the Trump presidency. The White House is apparently in chaos trying to clean up the endless scandals coming from this administration. Trump allegedly shared classified security information w … [Read more...]

Politics, Evil, and Religion in Star Wars and the Book of Revelation – The RavenCast with Dr. Ryan Hansen

It's May 4th! Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you! Today I talked with my favorite Jedi Master, Dr. Ryan Hansen, about the similarities and differences between the Book of Revelation and the Star Wars saga. You can find the MP3 and video below.Dr. Hansen earned his Ph.D. in New Testament from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. His book is titled Silence and Praise: Rhetorical Cosmology and Political Theology in the Book of Revelation.Dr. Hansen is an ordained elder in the … [Read more...]

Why Donald Trump Is Like the Grinch. And That’s a Good Thing.

Donald Trump might be growing a heart.In an Associate Press interview last weekend, Trump reflected on his heart and the responsibilities of the presidency. He told the AP that his new job is very different from his previous jobs. As the president, Trump is discovering that you have to have a heart. A presidential heart requires him, “to think through the consequences his decisions have on people and not simply the financial implications for his company’s bottom line.”According to Trump, … [Read more...]

Syria’s Beautiful Babies: How to Confront Trump’s Hypocrisy

Donald Trump changed his mind on Syria after the sarin gas attack last Tuesday. The attack killed 70 people, including 10 children.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denies using the chemical weapons and blames rebel forces. Trump blames Assad. Russia asserts they had no planes in the area, so Putin isn’t responsible for the gas airstrikes that killed 70 civilians.The geo-political crisis is escalating as accusations fly. Trump moved away from his “America First” isolationism and bombed Syr … [Read more...]

Leaving Westboro Baptist: How Megan Phelps-Roper Moved Beyond “Us Against Them”

I was a blue eyed, chubby cheeked five-year-old when I joined my family on the picket line for the first time … I’d stand on a street corner, in the heavy Kansas humidity, surrounded by a few relatives, with my tiny fists clutching a sign that I couldn’t read yet – “Gays Are Worthy of Death.” This was the beginning. -Megan Phelps-Roper We live in a polarized culture. Many of us are looking for ways to heal the divisions that threaten our politics.A recent statistic claims that 83 percent of … [Read more...]

Trump, Satan, and the Resistance

Christians throughout the world recently celebrated the first Sunday of Lent. We told the story of Satan tempting Jesus in the wilderness. Satan tempted Jesus with food, glory, and political power.Jesus resisted Satan’s temptations, but we often succumb.Satan is usually known as the “Tempter.” But in Hebrew, the word literally means “Accuser.” Satan is best understood not as a fallen angel in a red suit with a pitch fork and horns. Christian tradition claims that evil doesn’t have a real … [Read more...]

The Sermon on the Mount: A Theology of Resistance

Now is the time for a robust theology of resistance.As the violence that has always surrounded us swirls and stings our eyes, kicked up by the rough boots of the new administration trampling over the American Empire, I, like many, find sanctuary in my faith. But we need more than spiritual refuge. We need guidance in the desert as harsh winds of distrust and fear erode shelters of compassion and kindness. As the fragile foundations of democracy crack under the strain of endless war, we need … [Read more...]