Following Jesus: The Best Gun Control Ever!

The Central Valley of California is similar to most of rural America. It’s an area with lots of traditional folks, many who love God and desire to serve Christ in all things. Places like the Valley at times carry the baggage of some sloppy theology, handed down from fundamentalism and the Religious Right. For this [Read More...]

Cornel West on why MLK’s Bible shouldn’t be used at the inauguration of Obama

Cornell West is a voice that I always listen to. I can’t, a white middle-class guy, claim to always understand. But, I always want to appreciate and listen. My issue is both with using Martin Luther King Jr.’s bible and one step further: using a bible at all. This is a form of nationalistic idolatry, [Read More...]

From the Margins: Following Jesus in a post-Christian culture

[This article originally appeared in winter 2012 issue of In Part, the magazine for the Brethren in Christ community in the U.S. I highly recommend you read the other articles from this past issue that explore the theme of Anabaptism.] I met David randomly. I’d been sitting in a coffee shop one evening, working on a [Read More...]

A Letter to the NRA from a Citizen of the U.S. with a Severe Mental Illness

[Editor's Note (Kurt Willems) - The following was written by a close personal friend. He has chosen to be anonymous, for reasons explained in this letter. While I may not agree/understand every nuance of his argument, I believe the "spirit" of what he says is important for this national discussion. I'm not one to get [Read More...]


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