February 19, 2021

A new documentary from PBS and a landmark study about Black Americans’ religious and spiritual lives point to tensions in the Black church and ask the question: Will the Black church survive? Read more

February 9, 2021

At this point, the 79-year-old senator’s inauguration outfit has been called everything from oppressive to iconic. Not only are the resulting memes pervasive, but they’re evidently philanthropic: the look was rapidly merchandised, raising $1.8 million for Vermont charities. We’re speaking, of course, of Senator Bernie Sander’s now-famous garb – a raincoat, some hand-made mittens, and a cheap, disposable mask. It’s baffling that such an ordinary getup would cause such a fuss – unless that’s the point. Clothing can cause a… Read more

November 10, 2020

Does the Bible condone modern day slavery as we understand it today from our country’s history? This issue is much deeper than a question of intellectual curiosity. It is about the authority of God’s Word, which reveal God’s morals to us and how we are to treat one another. The tension before us is, “If God condones one human being owning another, how can I love and follow Him?” Abraham Lincoln said it best, “If anything is wrong, slavery is… Read more

November 10, 2020

Let’s begin in Leviticus by looking at the most difficult passage on slavery in all of the Bible… Leviticus 25:39 “If your brother becomes poor beside you and sells himself to you, you shall not make him serve as a slave:40 he shall be with you as a hired worker and as a sojourner. He shall serve with you until the year of the jubilee. 41 Then he shall go out from you, he and his children with him, and go back to his… Read more

October 28, 2020

“If you’re White, please don’t @ or email me.” I shared this attempted line of cautionary humor some years ago during a sermon on structural racism one Sunday morning. I sought to make a clear distinction between the ideology of white supremacy and white people—hence the cautionary word to white people in my congregation. White supremacy—I explained—was a destructive ideology that inhabits all kinds of people in different ways. But in my flippancy, much seemed to be lost in translation. This… Read more

October 18, 2020

Written by Sid Jansma, Jr. The number 1 question I’ve been asked since declaring my support for Biden for President is how can I, in good conscience, vote for a pro-choice Democrat? I’ve heard the question in a wide variety of not-always-repeatable forms, all variations on, “How can you vote for a baby-killer?!” or “The Dems are the party of death!” Let me state my positions on pro-life and politics and religion very clearly: I am a lifelong Republican. I… Read more

September 30, 2020

Guest Post Written By Sid Jansma, Jr. Early on in my oil and gas exploration career, my father and I invested every dime we had and then some into exploratory wells. Oil exploration is neither cheap nor assured so we had to dig deep into our pockets before digging deep into the possibly unyielding ground. We were partnering with Gus, an elderly Swedish immigrant, who had vastly more capital than my father and I combined. In reality, Gus graciously partnered with… Read more

September 23, 2020

My first look into the eyes of racism was in 1977 when I was a freshman in college. I attended Bob Jones University—an institution I now know was built, both historically and theologically, on a foundation of racism.[1] My student job was an administrative assistant to the university president’s executive assistant. One of my assignments was a memo to the staff asking them to clean up after themselves in the faculty bathroom, because it looked like a bunch of n***s… Read more

September 15, 2020

It happens from time to time—often unexpectedly. I call it “The Phil Situation.” You’re at a neighborhood Labor Day barbeque, or a company Holiday party, or a family reunion with distant kin from Enid you didn’t know you had—when, all at once, Phil sidles up to you. Phil the Pill from Apartment A12. Phil the accountant from Purchasing. Second Uncle Phil from Enid. Drink in hand, Phil offers a random, unsolicited comment about Antifa anarchists inciting violence in Portland, or… Read more

June 29, 2020

Racism and its ugly root system of white supremacy is being exposed and called out and named and known in a way that could liberate us all from its evil grip if we embrace this moment and this good news. And it’s such good news. One catalytic moment sparked a fire that has set America ablaze, and the world is catching its flame. A cell phone captured graphic footage of the tragic and brutal murder of George Floyd. That moment… Read more




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