Jesus Builds Bridges & Tears Down Walls. How About Us?

Jesus built bridges, not walls. Although people stumbled over Jesus and were divided in their opinions over him, the debate often centered on his bridge-building practice and claim to be God’s reconciling agent in the world.At Jesus’ death, the veil in the Temple was torn from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51). He tore down the dividing wall of hostility between Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:14). There is no longer a division between Jew and Gentile, male and female, slave or free. They are now on … [Read more...]

9/11 Is Still with Us Everyday—But How?

As I reflect upon the current cultural trauma politically and socially, I cannot help but wonder how much the extremely traumatic events of 9/11 have shaped America for the long-haul. In view of such musings, I searched online and located this article, “How the Pain of 9/11 Still Stays with a Generation.” It was written and published at The Conversation on 9/9/16 by Dana Rose Garfin, Research Scientist, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine. Here are some … [Read more...]

Jesus Knows No Bounds

The Urban Dictionary defines “knows no bounds” as “An idiom that means something or someone that possesses no limits and will go the extra mile no matter what.” Therefore, that faith may find in Christ a solid ground of salvation, and so rest in him, we must set out with this principle, that the office which he received from the Father consists of three parts. For he was appointed both Prophet, King, and Priest; though little were gained by holding the names unaccompanied by a knowledge of the e … [Read more...]

Lent and Inconvenient Faith

How inconvenient it must be for God to come to earth to suffer and die for our sins. God must not be American. After all, we Americans like our conveniences, as others have noticed: fast food, drive thru, microwave meals, instant coffee, easy return policies, and ice-making refrigerators, among other things. We even have convenience stores.I wonder how many American Christians or churches realized this evening they were out of ashes, and ran out to convenience stores in the hope of buying … [Read more...]

Frederick Douglass Is “Somebody Who’s Done an Amazing Job.”

President Trump remarked during a Black History Month gathering that "Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice" (Refer here).This statement caused an Internet sensation: did the President even know who Frederick Douglass was—he made it sound as if he were still alive.Still, there is a sense in which President Trump was right: Mr. Douglass seems to have received greater attention with the passing of the yea … [Read more...]

Is Self-Preservation Salvation?

In a post-apocalyptic world of almost total extinction, a father and son struggle to survive. They fight against the elements, hunger, and the threats of robbery and murder, even cannibalism, to make their way south to the coast in hopes of finding warmer climate. Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer prize-winning The Road, which was also made into a film, is a classic, gripping tale of familial self-preservation.As harrowing and far-reaching in horror as the book and film are, they come close and to … [Read more...]

“Who Is You?” What Color Are You in the “Moonlight”?

[**Beware: Light Spoilers Ahead for the Movie Moonlight**]All too often, we reduce people to the things they do, the things others do to them, who they are associated with, the color of their skin, the names we  give them... The list goes on. Take for example the critically acclaimed movie Moonlight (Here are a few reviews of the film from The New York Times, The Guardian, and the New Yorker).The main character is an African American, whom we get glimpses of as a boy, a teenager, and as a … [Read more...]