Preemptive Forgiveness (The first saying from the cross)

Taking of Christ with the Malchus episode,  Gerard Douffet, 1620.

Can the spiral of violence that plagues our planet and fractures relationships, ravaging families, communities, and whole societies, ever be neutralized and overcome? Are we caught in a web from which we cannot tear loose? [Read more...]

Give me a deeply moving experience over a deeply held belief every time!

Caravaggio, Conversion on the Way to Damascus, 1601, Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome.

Last year April Kelsey wrote a viral post for this blog which played off the phrase “deeply held religious belief.” I’m sure we all know Christians who seek to justify injustices and prejudices on the basis of their deeply held religious beliefs. I suspect we are all guilty of this to some degree. [Read more...]

What does it mean to confess that Jesus is Lord?


To say that Jesus is Lord is to echo one the earliest and most basic Christian confessions. Lordship language came right out of the Roman culture: Caesar claimed for himself the titles “son of God” and “Lord.” To claim the Lordship of Jesus flew in the face of the powerful Roman Empire. [Read more...]

How Should Christians Love America?  


What did Jesus mean when he said to Pilate, “My kingdom is not from/of this world” and how does this relate to the way Christians should love their country? [Read more...]

Must Christians Believe in a Second Coming?

detail from The Last Judgment by Michelangelo (1541)

The physical, bodily return of Jesus Christ was declared one of the five essential doctrines of Christian belief by the Conference of Conservative Protestants that met in Niagara Falls in 1895 (the other four doctrines were biblical inerrancy, the virgin birth, the divinity of Jesus, and substitutionary atonement). These five beliefs formed the foundation Christian [Read More...]

It’s All About How We See


See what you see. This is the meaning of a Jesus saying in the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus said, “Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed” (Logion 5, trans. by Marvin Meyer). Not [Read More...]

B.S.’s no BS speech at Liberty University should challenge all of us


Bernie Sanders is not a Christian. He is a Jew, though he does not profess to be deeply religious. However, the vision he recently expounded in a speech to the students and faculty of Liberty University, the school founded by the Baptist fundamentalist Jerry Falwell, sounded more Christian than many Christians. [Read more...]

Why I Have Compassion for Defiant Court Clerk Kim Davis  


Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses, has been all over the news and internet this past week. Last Thursday U.S. District Judge Bunning sent her to jail. The couples who originally sued in the case asked Bunning to fine her but not jail her. Bunning said that sending her to prison was his only alternative because he did not believe she would comply with his order if she were fined. [Read more...]