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...]
By Paul Louis Metzger and John W. MoreheadChristians in America need to reflect on two recent issues pertaining to Christian citizenship in a multi-faith society. In early May, Pamela Geller, a New York blogger and anti-Muslim activist, sponsored a “Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” in Garland, Texas as a way of promoting free speech. In some segments of the Muslim world artistic depictions of the Prophet Muhammad are forbidden and considered blasphemous. In response to Ge … [Read more...]
By Paul Louis Metzger with musings from Christopher ErikThe Big Lebowski (1998) starring Jeff Bridges is a cult classic. Like The Princess Bride (on which I wrote a blog post earlier this year), you can spend your whole day stringing lines together from the film to make conversation. Mind you, you need to be a little more mindful where you quote The Big Lebowski; after all, there are people out there like the Stranger (played by Sam Elliott) who does not like profanity. Still, like the … [Read more...]
On Memorial Day, Americans remember those who died in active military service. Regardless of one’s view of war(s), it is important that we pay respects to those who have offered their own lives for others’ freedom. I, for one, live in relative comfort and ease, in part because of their sacrifice. I am reminded of their sacrifice not just on Memorial Day, but also on other days when I encounter veterans undergoing post-traumatic stress. A few have shared with me how difficult it is for them to liv … [Read more...]
One of the striking features of Acts chapter 2 is that the Spirit’s descent at Pentecost led the people gathered from around the world to speak in different languages: When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Ho … [Read more...]
I used to watch with amazement Michael Jordan’s hang time. It was almost as if he defied gravity, as he made his way to the basketball rim for one of his jaw dropping dunks or reverse layups as a basketball god.Jesus has some serious hang time. Jesus defies gravity in his ascension—sorry Air Jordan and Sir Isaac Newton. And yet, when the right time comes, he will return to earth, just like he ascended to heaven. According to Jesus, what goes up must come down. Like and unlike the Terminator a … [Read more...]
Should Christians Fear “America’s Changing Religious Landscape”? It All Depends on How We Interpret and Respond to the Data.
The Pew Research Center recently released “America’s Changing Religious Landscape: Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow.” I have witnessed various responses and reactions to it. A few of the responses I have appreciated are “'Cause We Are Living in a Pluralist World...” and “What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Christian Decline In America: A Brief Reflection on the Pew Report.”Should Christians fear America’s changing relig … [Read more...]