October 29, 2021

Society sees abortion as a spiritual issue and the violation against a woman’s right to choose as a political issue. Read more

October 22, 2021

What are Christians to make of the big environmental questions in 2021? Read more

May 20, 2021

The fight for religious freedom must include defending the rights of all people. Read more

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

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