Are We Numb, Drowning in a Shallow Pool of Compassion and Empathy in Our Society?

You may have seen or read the news about the teenagers who videotaped and mocked a man as he drowned in Cocoa, Florida. All the teens had phones, but not one of them called for help to rescue the man (who was also disabled). The teens were not charged in the incident, since there is no law in Florida that requires people to aid a person in distress—not even to call someone to aid the person in distress. Cruel, heartless… Read more

How Does Race Influence Your Views of Faith, Science and Politics?

All too often, I hear people say they’re color blind. I’m not referring to a color vision deficiency, but to the claim that they’re not racist. Regardless of what you and I make of such claims, it has been argued that racial considerations shaped white and black Evangelicals’ views at the time of the Scopes Trial. It makes one wonder how often racial concerns shape people’s views on faith and science as well as politics in various other contexts, even today. Mary Beth… Read more

Who Locked Up Mercy and Threw Away the Key?

It’s not easy to find mercy in our society today. Read more

How to Have Healthy Conversations on Healthcare

One of the news items that is bound to give many people ulcers or heart attacks is the constant struggle over health care in our country. As under the Obama administration, so now under the Trump administration, we are facing once again the possibility of an overhaul to the health care system. If we were left or forced to choose, which of the following values would you prioritize when it comes to health care—affordability, accessibility, quality? Why would you choose… Read more

The Church Is Political, But How?

Have you ever seen Christian voters’ guides? In my Evangelical experience, they often look very red—and I don’t mean red letter for Jesus’ words in the Bible. That’s not to say there aren’t blue versions. No doubt there are equivalents for Democratic leaning churches, no matter the format. Perhaps churches are more diverse today than they were in the 1970’s and 1980’s, perhaps not. I fear, though, that partisan politics easily rules in the church. Here I am reminded of… Read more

How Important Is Being a Christian to Being an American? How Important Is It that America Be a Christian Nation for Being the Church in America?

How important is being a Christian to being an American? How important is it that America be a Christian nation for being the Church in America? A Pew study titled “What It Takes to Truly Be ‘One of Us’” reveals that Americans are sharply divided along partisan lines on the importance of the Christian religion: A clear partisan split in the U.S. also exists on the importance of being Christian. More than four-in-ten Republicans (43%) say it is a very… Read more

Do You Take Clean Water for Granted? If So, How Will You Ever Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness?

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6; ESV).  It’s easy to take clean water for granted in the U.S., especially if you drink filtered and bottled spring water all the time. Did you know that nearly 700 million people across the world lack access to clean water? That’s nearly ten percent of the people on the planet.[1] Papua New Guinea has the worst clean water access.[2] It’s one thing if you… Read more

Suffering for the Christian Faith Does Not Need to Be Salt in the Wounds, but Salt of the Earth

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10; ESV). I admire my friend Abir greatly. She is one of the strongest Christians I know, and is a person full of wisdom and discernment. But such strength and wisdom come with a price tag of suffering. Abir is an American citizen, who is of Palestinian descent. Her father is a Muslim, who struggled when she became a Christian given its associations… Read more

What Are We Declaring Independence from Today? The Tyranny of One Another?

Sometimes a common enemy serves to unite a people more than a common love. Read more

“Driving While Black” and Racial Fear: An Interview with Pastor Jimi Calhoun

Last week, three trials involving African American men shot and killed by police officers concluded with no guilty verdicts. Each of the incidents began with traffic stops and the shootings were caught on video. The outcry of anger and fear in the African American community is high. Do we who are white ever ask ourselves what it would feel like to be “driving while black”? I reached out to Jimi Calhoun (JC), an African American, a pastor, community activist, author… Read more

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