November 1, 2020

On November 1, the church celebrates All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day or Hallowmas. For many of us, this holiday has been overshadowed by the day that precedes it: Halloween, or All Hallows Evening, the evening before All Saints’ Day. Some traditions, such as Roman Catholicism, have a process called canonization for recognizing their holy people as saints. These are people who devoted their lives to the work of the gospel—including recently people like Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul... Read more

October 23, 2020

In Romans 13:1, the apostle Paul writes, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities.” Throughout the history of the church, this one verse (as well as similar verses in Titus 3:1 and 1 Peter 2:17–18) more than any other has guided Christians’ thinking about their relationship to governing authorities. Many Christians have taken this verse to mean that, if their governing authority commands them to do or not to do a certain action, it is their Christian duty to obey.  If the... Read more

October 18, 2020

In 1966, as an American prisoner of war in North Vietnam, Naval Officer Jeremiah Denton was forced to give a televised interview. During the interview, he stated that he was being provided “adequate food, adequate clothes, and medical care when I require it.” However, while saying the words his captors expected of him, he was also communicating something else with his body. Through a series of blinking with his eyes, he spelled out the word “torture” in Morse Code. This was the first confirmation... Read more

August 11, 2020

I was recently asked to write a reflection for the 10-year anniversary of the release of the album The Changing of the Guard by one of my all-time favorite indie-rock bands, Starflyer 59 Below is my reflection on their track “Trucker’s Son,” drawing connections between the lyrics and my family narrative. Has it already been 10 years? Yes, it has: On August 11, 2010, my dad died of renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer). I was 27; my dad was a month... Read more

June 6, 2020

“All in this together”? Policing and homelessness in South Bend, Indiana David C. Cramer and Carrie Badertscher  “We are all in this together.” It’s a phrase we hear often during this unprecedented time of crisis for our community. As pastors in South Bend’s Keller Park neighborhood, we have seen this phrase in action over the past few months, as our people have stepped up for those in need. After we converted our sanctuary into a food distribution center, we have... Read more

May 6, 2020

Love in the time of Corona—embracing our community center roots to meet the needs of neighbors in the midst of crisis By Carrie Badertscher and David C. Cramer Easter morning is the highlight of the year at Keller Park Church in South Bend, Indiana, where the two of us are copastors. We begin with a brunch, then have an Easter egg hunt for the kids, and then end with a celebratory service in which we proclaim Jesus’s victory over death:... Read more

February 29, 2020

Believe it or not, I once lived for two years at Moody Bible Institute, where my wife, Andrea, received her degree in TESOL. Moody Bible Institute has a well-earned reputation as a home of American evangelical conservatism (despite the slightly more radical roots of its founder). The on-campus apartment building we lived in was named Jerry B. Jenkins Hall, for example, after the major Moody donor of Left Behind fame. But while we were there, we met some fascinating people who didn’t... Read more

February 17, 2020

On Wednesday, February 12, Potawatomi author, poet, and storyteller Kaitlin Curtice spoke in chapel at my alma mater Baylor University about her journey of decolonizing her Christian faith, inviting students into their own journey of decolonization. During the first of three chapels, a student interrupted Curtice mid-address by shouting, “No one even thinks like that!” in response to Curtice’s statement that “in the church today, women are not seen as equal to men.” A Baylor-sanctioned student group that describes itself as... Read more

January 6, 2020

The following essay was coauthored by Charles F. Aked and Walter Rauschenbusch on July 8, 1915, in response to the current events of their day. The authors conclude their essay by welcoming its publishing and reprinting by “anyone who will give publicity to this protest.” Given the current events of our day, including the president’s recent tweet that “the United States just spend Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment” that it is willing to use on Iran, this “protest and... Read more


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