How to Sustain Jesus’ Justice Movement, Part 2


Listen to this piece.How is a justice movement sustained? In my first post on this subject, I wrote that first and foremost, a justice movement is sustained by knowing that Jesus alone can and will sustain it. Apart from him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). Another key factor that we must realize is that when we serve others we are serving him. What difference might it make to you and me in caring for a sick person, an elderly widow, someone imprisoned, or an orphan in distress if we were to s … [Read more...]

Jesus is Changing the World One Structure at a Time

Jesus and the Samaritan woman

Listen to me read this piece.Perhaps you have seen bumper stickers that read “Jesus is changing the world one individual at a time.” This statement takes into account the very personal nature of Jesus’ engagement of us. Notice how often in the Gospels Jesus engages individuals—Zacchaeus (Luke 19), Mary and Martha (Luke 10 and John 11), Nicodemus (John 3), the Samaritan woman (John 4), the rich young ruler (Luke 18), the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15), the lame man (John 5), and blind man (John … [Read more...]

Disease Neutralizes Racism


Listen to this piece.A dear friend and advisor of mine who is African American is battling cancer. As we spoke on the phone yesterday, she told me that "Disease neutralizes racism." Her statement was based in the reality of her recent experience with fighting for her life, not the result of sterile, idle reflection.While waiting for her cancer treatments over the past several weeks, she has built a bond with other cancer patients and their families in the waiting room. Cancer is no … [Read more...]

“Hell’s Bells” and Lasik Eye Surgery


Listen to this piece.Last night as I was driving home, I turned to a classic rock station that was playing AC/DC’s song, “Hell’s Bells.” The menacing tune with ‘for whom the bell tolls’ sounds might or might not be intended to send chills down the listener’s back with talk of Satan’s impending grip on you. Whatever the case might be, the song did not appear to have any grip or impact on what followed: a wide-ranging infomercial and light-hearted discussion on such topics as Lasik eye surgery. … [Read more...]

Zombie Mania—How It Affects Us All


Listen to this piece.There’s so much interest in zombies today due to The Walking Dead television series and video games with zombies, among other things. In preparing my piece on Ezekiel’s vision of the valley where the vast army of dry bones comes to life, I even came upon a reflection comparing this army to zombies. Zombie mania.Zombie mania raises all kinds of interest on a variety of subjects, including questions about the afterlife and the relation of the soul to the body. What’s th … [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolutions in the Valley of Dry Bones


Listen to this piece.Reports are out that we barely avoided the fiscal cliff. But will the deal keep us from eventually falling into a valley of economic decay and death? Legislation may be under way for a bill to ban certain guns and put in place measures to help guard against mass shootings in public places. But will legislation alone keep the slaughter of innocent bystanders from occurring? You and I may have made various New Year’s resolutions to eat and drink and smoke less. But will we … [Read more...]

Saying Goodbye to Entitlement Thinking and a Classless Society


Listen to this piece.Entitlement thinking is a classless thing. It cheapens the people who demand special privileges and things they do not deserve.What are we entitled to as Americans, whether we are rich or poor or somewhere in between?What are we entitled to as American Christians, whatever our socio-economic status?As Americans, are we entitled to universal health care? Are we entitled to malnutrition and disease?As Christians, are we entitled to certain religious … [Read more...]