November 16, 2011

Once upon a time, a wealthy CEO of a multinational corporation called his three most trusted employees, his three senior vice presidents, into his office. Sharply dressed in a pinstripe suit and sporting a pure white hair and beard, the CEO explained that the corporation had the opportunity to expand its presence in some crucial emerging markets, so crucial that he wanted to oversee the negotiations and acquisitions of new companies himself. If he could manage to reap these companies… Read more

October 4, 2011

It was the zombies. Always the zombies. Yesterday, the protesters of the Occupy Wall Street movement channeled Michael Jackson in “Thriller,” dressing up like zombies, complete with fake blood, stupefied stagger and an insatiable appetite for money. It was blatant political theater of the absurd. And it immediately reminded me of Jesus, who was a veritable pioneer in subversive, mocking protest of the Powers that Be. Some of my fellow Christians have attempted to root these protests in the biblical… Read more

September 28, 2011

Jesus was not an innocent man. As a matter of fact, the Son of God was profoundly guilty of the crimes for which the Romans executed him. He consistently appropriated titles of divinity reserved only for Caesar to himself. During the Jewish high holy days of Passover, he rode into Jerusalem in open mockery of Caesar’s own entry, complete with kingly fanfare. Even worse, during a moment when thousands of Jewish pilgrims converged on Jerusalem — a time when the… Read more

September 22, 2011

Two men were executed last night by the state. And no one said a word about one of them. Because it wasn’t about Troy Davis. Because witnesses didn’t recant. Because the evidence was clear. Because hundreds of thousands worldwide didn’t sign a petition for him. Because it was about a white supremacist. There is tragic irony to last night’s events (click here for the follow-up post about the week in which four people were executed by different states). Even as… Read more

September 11, 2011

This week, churches across America will memorialize, mourn and remember the almost 4,000 people who died tragically in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. But as these congregations understandably mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, I would wager that a great many won’t think to mention the 25,000 people who died that day from hunger and hunger-related causes. They won’t remember the 16,000 children that died that day because they did not have enough to eat. They won’t remember that tragedy on a scale… Read more

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