The Political Wisdom of Jeb Bush, Stephen Colbert, and Jesus

Jeb Bush and Stephen Colbert on the Late Show (Photo: Screen shot from Youtube)

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about Bernie Sanders. My point was to highlight how Bernie refuses to play the game of political scapegoating. He was baited by an interviewer to attack Hillary Clinton and he refused to do it. Instead, he spoke about the issues. I argued that we need political leaders like Bernie Sanders.Well, I was accused of endorsing Bernie. The accusation might be fair because I am feeling the Bern.But I’m also feeling the Jeb.Jeb Bush was recently on the Late S … [Read more...]

Trump, Biden and the Search for Authenticity

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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 begins the last unit of the Forgiving Victim course with a recap of how he began, with his understanding of desire. His way of thinking about desire permeates the Gospels and animates Jesus’ teachings, so it’s essential to our effort to interpreting Scripture. But boy oh boy, it’s a tough concept to grasp! It totally flies in the face of our everyday underst … [Read more...]

ISIS’s Anti-Islamic Theology of Rape

My blood boiled with rage as I read the New York Times article “ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape.” ISIS has been promoting the systematic rape of women and girls, some girls even younger than 12. The article starts with a horrific description, He bound her hands and gagged her. Then he knelt beside the bed and prostrated himself in prayer before getting on top of her. When it was over, he knelt to pray again, bookending the rape with acts of religious devotion. I have a daughter who will soon … [Read more...]

President Obama, Christianity, and the Truth about American Exceptionalism

President Obama speaking in Kenya (Photo: Screenshot from Youtube, KTN News Kenya)

President Obama just laid to rest all the speculation that he isn’t a Christian.During his speech in Kenya, he said one of the most Christian things any U.S. president has ever said. No, he didn’t shove Jesus down anyone’s throat. He did something much more important. He definitively pointed to what makes the United States a “Judeo-Christian Nation.” "What makes America exceptional is not the fact that we are perfect. It’s the fact that we struggle to improve. We’re self-critical. We work to … [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...]

Donald Trump, Immigration, and the Politics of Satan

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Donald Trump created a stir recently with his comments about immigration. “When Mexico sends its people, they aren’t sending their best. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people.” We could easily dismiss Trump and his comments by claiming that he’s our nation’s crazy uncle. But our crazy uncle is gaining in the GOP polls. After announcing his candidacy and making his comment about immigrants, he surged to second place among Republican v … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz and God’s Political Subversion

Ted Cruz at Liberty University (Screen shot via YouTube.)

Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to declare a presidential run for 2016. His formal announcement came this morning at Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the world.Cruz’s announcement at Liberty University was an important political strategy. Cruz is the poster child of the Tea Party movement. He wants to spread his influence by appealing to evangelicals. There is no better place to garner the evangelical vote than the largest Christian university on the p … [Read more...]