Monet and the Marriage of East and West


Someone asked me this morning how long my wife Mariko and I have been married. I responded, “Feels like yesterday to me, feels like 100 to Mariko, but it’s more like 25.” Today is our 25th wedding anniversary. I am thankful to my wife for her faithful love over all the years. One of the most precious qualities of our marriage is the shared value we cherish for a global theology of culture that reflects the multifaceted, diverse beauty and glory of Christ and his kingdom around the world.This … [Read more...]

Road Rage and the Crowded Highways of Our Hearts


Perhaps you have seen reports of the recent road rage incident in Florida, where one driver followed another to his home. The presumed aim was to get the other man's address so as to report his unsafe behavior behind the wheel. Actually, both parties called 911 to complain of the other's crazy driving. The driver in the front car warned CNN that his gun was "cocked and locked." Once home, he took his gun and shot dead the driver who followed him. The wife, daughter and grandson of the man who was … [Read more...]

I Wish Fox News Could Have Been at the Muslim Wedding Celebration We Attended Friday.

I wish Fox News could have been at the Muslim wedding celebration we attended Friday. There would have been nothing sensational to report, only something very normal and wholesome. That's what made it newsworthy.Many Westerners view Muslims as terrorists. While there are some who claim to commit gross, violent acts as adherents of Islam, that is not true of the Muslims I know (and countless other Muslims I do not know). And while I don't wish to excuse those acts, I also don't want to make … [Read more...]

Why I’m Still an Evangelical Christian: Beyond Babylonian Captivities to the Captured Heart

My Interview of Dr. John M. Perkins at The Justice Conference 2012. Photo courtesy of Cornelia Becker Seigneur

One of the most moving experiences I have had as a Christian was hearing Dr. John M. Perkins share his testimony of faith during his address at Reed College in 2001. If he had given an altar call that evening, this seminary professor would have gone forward. Like John Wesley before me, my heart was strangely warmed. I was a guest in the auditorium that night; I also felt like a strange guest to the kind of Christianity Perkins embodied. In many ways, I still do.Perkins shared his personal … [Read more...]

Genuine Christianity


It is not often that people sit down at dinner parties to share their concerns over the state of the church. After some small talk, the conversation quickly went there the other night. He was an older, thoughtful, kind-hearted man, who had been around the Christian block. There was no edge to his remarks, just a dull pain and longing in his heart. Now retired, he had been in the corporate world as an administrator. Among other things, he grieved how in his experience churches compete with one … [Read more...]

On Same-Sex Marriage: Beyond the Courtroom and Closet to the Table


A gay friend shared with me today how delighted he is in the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage; he spoke of how the ruling brought validation to same-sex couples he knows who have waited for years for equal rights. Yesterday a friend on the other side of the issue shared her consternation. Many people with social conservative convictions fear that they and their views will be consigned to the closet, just like gays and lesbians in the past (See this article and video). I w … [Read more...]

Overcome White Supremacy with Solidarity


The racist massacre in Charleston, South Carolina this past week highlights our need as a nation to overcome white supremacy with solidarity. African American Pastor David Greenidge of Tigard Covenant Church in Tigard, Oregon shared with me Saturday that the media has drawn significant attention to the horror of white supremacy and its victims in this tragedy, but more needs to be said about the need for solidarity in our communities across the nation.We will only be able to move forward as … [Read more...]