August 6, 2019

I would contend that we as a Church have an ill view of the Father’s heart regarding righteousness and justice. I would contend that we have allowed our Gospel narrative to be seasoned with a peppering of nationalism, coated with a glaze of party politics, simmered in the humanized liberal agenda. I would contend that we are not being true to the Gospel when we forsake justice and forget righteousness. The Church must correct its course. The Church must cleave… Read more

July 11, 2019

About ten years ago, an imam walked into my office at Fairfax Presbyterian Church with a Christmas present. He was the leader of the nearby Turkish mosque, a man with a big smile and a warm spirit. He and I became friends and went on to lead two clergy trips to Turkey, a country with a rich history of interfaith relations. When the rulers of Spain expelled its Jews in 1492, Turkey welcomed them. And while there have been interfaith… Read more

May 8, 2019

Dave Donaldson, co-editor of CityServe and co-founder of CityServe international is tackling an important mission. Last year, in response to the growing spiritual, mental and social needs in communities across the country, Donaldson teamed up with a group of Christian leaders to launch a powerful initiative, CityServe International. The goal is to provide faith-based solutions and community outreach initiatives to transform local communities. Through the local church, business and government, CityServe served more than one million people in 2018, along… Read more

April 24, 2019

I spent Easter weekend participating in events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School, which sits twenty miles from my home. Tension filled the air around Denver as the anniversary approached. Half a million students were kept home from school as the FBI and local law enforcement searched for a young woman who, infatuated with Columbine, flew in from Florida and bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition, sparking fears of another incident. The mass murder at… Read more

March 14, 2019

Evangelicals are diverse politically, but evangelical leaders on the left and the right are hailing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to suspend capital punishment in California because it has been disproportionately used against people of color. Read more

January 25, 2019

At the 4th annual in Vienna, Virginia, signs of a change in thinking about criminal justice in America were unmistakable. Evangelical activists from around the country shared stories about the problems they are seeing in the system: innocent people being sentenced to death, disparities related to racial bias, unaddressed trauma caused by violence, and so much more. Read more

October 24, 2018

By Philip Yancey—This week I lost a friend, and the world lost one of God’s favorites: Eugene Peterson. Rather than repeat the many well-deserved eulogies in his honor, I thought back to snapshots of some of the times that our paths crossed. Read more

October 22, 2018

Looking to political leaders like Donald Trump as the salvation of the Church seriously confuses a secular office with a religious person and the kingdoms of the world with the kingdom of God. I am not looking for a saint to be our president; nor, am I expecting the president to be our savior. Thus, I have a pastoral concern for those who dismiss Trump’s sin and behavior—that in minimizing sin, they diminish what Christ has done for us, as well as our witness to a hostile world. We are to put our trust in Christ as our king and not in any politician, nation or government. Read more

August 23, 2018

What’s the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the word “theodicy”?  Nothing, right?  Well, the term means a defense of God’s justice in the face of evil’s reality.  It comes from two words:  “God” and “justice.” Inadequate Theodicies There are some poor theodicies out there.  Christian Science, for example, denies the reality of evil.  Mary Baker Eddy said, “Since God is All, there is no room for His opposite . . . therefore evil, being the… Read more

August 23, 2018

When facing a life-changing health challenge you will most likely be searching for answers. Read more

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