July 20, 2020

Who could rationally approve of the senseless destruction of private and public property, the mob justice, and the anarchist demands we have been witnessing in our streets since May 25th? Only those who do not understand the power of peacemaking and developing a winning strategy. I call them “appeasers.” The appeasement we should avoid is yielding or conceding to the belligerent demands of a nation, group, person, etc., in a conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of justice or other… Read more

June 30, 2020

We have all heard, time and again, that we need to have healthy cross-race conversations about race! What once was a common statement has now turned into our national mantra, largely triggered by the horrific killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests. No one I know disagrees with the need for cross-race conversations, but why is everyone so terrified about actually having them? As a former diversity consultant to the NBA and a pastor of an NJ church whose members span over 70… Read more

June 22, 2020

My heart aches. I lament the cruel treatment of black people, the senseless loss of life. I have shed tears in private. I am disturbed by my only recent real sensitivity to the obvious pent up hurt and hopelessness in the black community. They are tired, frustrated, and longing for lasting change. So am I. Unfortunately, none of this is new. Injustice, outrage, peaceful protests, rioting, and more dialogue are a repetitive cycle. One thing I am sure of: It… Read more

June 10, 2020

Wherever you are reading this – if you can, I want you to get out a piece of paper and pen. You’re not being graded on this… this is between you and God, but I want you to think about what comes to mind when I ask you this: “Where do you want to be when you’re 90 years old? What is going to matter to you at those ages? What do you want your life legacy to look like?”… Read more

May 26, 2020

Ever notice how quiet it gets when God is mentioned in a public setting? Say someone prays out loud in a restaurant. Uneasiness settles over the atmosphere like a wet fog. Sometimes a “You’ve got to be kidding me” look is cast toward the perpetrator. Awkward is an understatement; tense is probably more accurate. But, why? Why can we talk so easily about virtually every other topic in a country where three-quarters of the citizenry purport to be religious? What… Read more

May 26, 2020

The late Rob Moll (1977-2019), a writer and former editor at Christianity Today, was a friend of mine. Our friendship began when his life impacted my life in a very unexpected way, via an article he wrote in August 2008 for the Wall Street Journal, “Want More Growth in China? Have Faith.” While I typically scan the Wall Street Journal for business and economic news on a frequent basis, I had never looked for or expected to find an article… Read more

May 4, 2020

It’s obvious we are living in an unprecedented time. Collectively, we global citizens, are facing something in COVID-19 I don’t think any of us could have ever imagined we would face in our lifetime. We’re all trying to balance so many things at once: the pressures of daily life, financial uncertainty, health worries, job loss or job insecurity, homeschooling children, and so much more. And that’s hardly scratching the surface. Obviously, I’m not trying to sit here and regurgitate what… Read more

April 23, 2020

Gelassenheit. The word struck my soul as soon as I saw it. I was early in my PhD program in religion and theology, pouring through the history of early Anabaptism. My research focused on the relationship between Christian and business ethics and I knew I had just stumbled on something profound—little did I know where it would take me. My interest was more than academic. Over the past several years, deep tensions were forming in my own faith. Ever since… Read more

April 6, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic makes us wonder “If God exists, why does He allow a pandemic to happen?” This is the old theodicy question that troubles both Christians and non-Christians alike. N.T. Wright wrote a great article in the TIME magazine, entitled, “Christianity offers no answers about the Coronavirus. It’s not supposed to.” Is this true? Yes and no. The problem is not that Christianity has no answers to the problem of theodicy. The real problem is that multiple writers of… Read more

April 1, 2020

I feel like I’ve read endless analyses and articles on this moment we’re in. An essay on the exponential growth rate of infection and the efficacy of stay-at-home orders. Ten tips for working at home. Handwashing methods. How to postpone your wedding due to COVID-19. Projections on potential timelines of this pandemic to try to inform when to postpone that wedding to exactly. Lots and lots of takes about “the silver lining” of the pandemic. Righteous anger at the current… Read more

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