May 25, 2015

A young man named Mario graduated college at Eastern University May 9 as a triple major in entrepreneurship, marketing and management. He did it in four years, and he did it with English as his second language, and the United States his second home. Mario is Salvadoran and his family wanted him to attend college in the U.S., as do many around the world. So, in August 2011, Mario came to live in the two-bedroom home my wife, Rebecca, and I own…. Read more

May 21, 2015

Much has been made of Hillary Clinton’s presidential run since she announced last month. However you feel about it, there’s fervor to be had. On one side of the spectrum, various conservatives denounce Clinton more than almost any other candidate in recent memory. On the other side, scores of progressives are nothing less than exhilarated by Hillary’s announcement video, seeing in her what they have seen in so many other great political leaders. This is especially true of religious progressives… Read more

May 14, 2015

The last time I wrote about religious liberty for this blog, I had been inspired to do so by many conversations with friends and coworkers, musing about how we might be able to take a few steps forward and, as progressives, rightfully claim this issue as our own. About a month later, we watched the kerfuffle in Indiana unfold after it was shown the LGBT community could be legally discriminated against with this legislation. After passage by the Indiana Senate and House,… Read more

April 30, 2015

This week, like me, I’m sure you prayed for peace and healing in Baltimore. Amidst the pain and suffering, the hatred and illegal acts, it was challenging to process the destruction and looting in a great American city while simultaneously wanting to acknowledge their rightful frustration. After Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Eric Garner and now, very likely, Freddie Gray it’s abundantly clear – and has been for years – there is a need for significant law enforcement and… Read more

April 26, 2015

After much speculation and encouragement from supporters throughout the country, Hillary Clinton officially entered the 2016 Presidential race on Sunday, April 12. In stark contrast to the glitzy announcements of her GOP counterpoints, Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, Clinton’s down-to-earth launch highlighted her commitment to championing the causes of everyday Americans. And despite her near universal name recognition, and long career in public service, Hillary Clinton is not taking anything for granted, vowing to earn the votes… Read more

April 15, 2015

It’s not enough to talk about community. It’s not enough to quickly wave hello to your neighbors, then hustle into the safety of your home (though we all do it). Real community happens when you ask and answer honest questions. It happens when you console someone, lift someone up, or find a solution to a problem that has been nagging them for days, weeks, years. That’s where real relationships develop. These friend-to-friend, coworker-to-coworker, family member-to-family member ties are critical. They… Read more

April 13, 2015

My Gmail inbox received an influx of fantastic news Sunday afternoon. And since I know many of you are like me, you’re thrilled with the many messages and announcement that Hillary Clinton is officially running for President of the United States in 2016! We all “knew” it would happen. I mean, there was that small percentage of doubt that it might not, so I was so happy to remove all the rumors. And did you watch the video? Wow, that was… Read more

April 2, 2015

Millions of people around the world will walk together during Holy week, remembering the ancient story of death and resurrection, and gathering to celebrate Jesus Christ as “the Life.” But the Lenten wandering characterized by pain and suffering will not end for millions of immigrants without legal status in this country. Recently, conservative leaders have vocally and discreetly contested comprehensive immigration reform and criticized President Obama’s executive actions this past November as “amnesty.” The reforms would protect families from deportation separation… Read more

March 28, 2015

(This opinion is reproduced with permission from the author and courtesy of The Huffington Post.) Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people. Lawmakers in my home state of West Virginia went so far as to block a popular taxi service from doing business in the… Read more

March 24, 2015

Dear Media and News Editors: This is a prayer. I pray that when the media reports on politicians, and in particular, those running for President of the United States, that not all Christians are conservatives. Please don’t allow lazy stereotypes and tropes be used to assume there is one acceptable brand of faith. Yesterday, as Texas GOP junior Senator Ted Cruz announced at Liberty University he was running for the Republican nomination to be President of the United States, I… Read more

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