Evangelicals, Donald Trump, and 4 Lessons in Politics for the Church

The meeting that a handful of Evangelicals had with Donald Trump this week has something to teach Evangelicals and Christians of every stripe.One:Meetings of this kind run the risk of painting the whole of a segment of the Christian community in terms that appear unified and homogenous. Christians -- even hyphenated Christians (Evangelical-Christians, Progressive-Christians, Roman Catholic-Christians, etc.) -- do not see their faith or political issues in the same way.But when a … [Read more...]

3 Things Religious Leaders Can Do in the Wake of the Massacre in Orlando

Reflecting on the terrorist attack on “The Pulse” in Orlando, columnist, Bruce Bower, notes that the events “’shocked’” some politicians. “’Who would have expected such a thing?’ people kept asking.”Bower observes something that I’ve thought for some time as well: “Actually, I’ve been expecting just such a thing for years. The only shock was that it took this long for some jihadist to go after a gay establishment. Islamic law, after all, is crystal clear on homosexuality, though the various … [Read more...]

The Decoder Ring Approach to Revelation

The decoder ring approach to reading the book of Revelation has, sadly, become the de facto orthodox approach to interpreting it. As a result, the vast majority of people, when asked about their views of the book often assume that it should be read as a roadmap to our lives or, more accurately, the end of our lives.There are countless problems with this approach to reading the Book of Revelation, but here are my top three:One the roadmap approach doesn’t interpret the book of Revelation i … [Read more...]

Four Reasons for Abandoning the Term, Post-Christian

The potted definition of Post-Christianity that Wikipedia offers, summarizes as well as any, a term that is frequently used to describe the challenge that the contemporary church faces: “the loss of the primacy of the Christian worldview in political affairs, especially in the Global North where Christianity had previously flourished, in favor of alternative worldviews such as secular nationalism.[2] It includes personal world views, ideologies, religious movements or societies that are no longe … [Read more...]

Don’t tell the unemployed, “It doesn’t make sense.”

"It doesn't make sense."That’s the common refrain from across the table --- the one thing the handful of people who will talk to you will say over and over again when you are unemployed: “It doesn’t make sense.”There are many reasons for that refrain.Some are simply trying to understand.The work that you did, the contribution that you made, the stack of commendations that you received, the article that featured your work, the claims that the company relied on your efforts, the to … [Read more...]

7 Things that Pentecost has to teach The United Methodist Church — and the rest of us

Here we are, one day after Pentecost and life is back to normal.Hearing the text of the Book of Acts read in multiple languages was exhilarating last week. This week it feels like happy-talk.Watching my United Methodist sisters and brothers navigate yet another General Conference is painful. It is difficult to watch the members of a great church with a rich tradition struggle to remain civil with one another. I am mindful of just how much those dynamics have been a part of my own … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Why Immortality Isn’t Everything It’s Cracked Up to Be

Chinese tech giant, Huawei, is on a campaign to compete with religion beyond the grave. More accurately, I suppose, one could argue that with the company’s help, the Chinese government is trying to erase the need for religious convictions by making the grave irrelevant. Or that’s the conclusion reached by Catholic Theologian, Thomas Williams.Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Shanghai this week, Huawei’s Kevin Ho, President of their handset products line, announced that soon child … [Read more...]

4 Ways Spiritual Direction Could Change the Church

There are times when, as theological educators, we have the rare privilege of not only contributing to a discipline, but we also get a front row seat to historic change.The practice of spiritual direction has entered one of those history-making chapters.Spiritual direction is a structured effort to listen for the voice of God with the assistance of a one-on-one relationship with a spiritual director or companion who provides space for that effort and asks questions that prompt the … [Read more...]


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