October 23, 2018

Today in the United States there are those foolish enough to think they can “erase” what God has created. The Trump administration thinks it can render transgender people invisible by making laws about genitalia and defining gender as “immutable.” This is hubris, the theological term for the kind of excessive pride that makes a person think they can know better than God. Really, Trump administration, that never works out well for those arrogant enough to try it. Consult the ancient… Read more

September 18, 2018

The #MeToo movement has revealed how widespread are the suppressive mechanisms that cause women to be disbelieved. This is on full display since research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted sexual assault. Read more

September 5, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh just claimed, in the Judiciary Committee hearings on his nomination to be a Supreme Court judge, that “a good judge must be an umpire.” No. Not even close. That’s the typical conservative dodge to avoid talking about their approach to interpreting the law. I was an expert witness in John Roberts’ confirmation hearings, where he compared his way of interpreting the law to that of an “umpire calling balls and strikes.” It has not worked out that way. Read more

July 5, 2018

The United States doesn’t have a president any more, we have an “Abuser-in-Chief.” The policies and practices of this administration are modeled on domestic violence. We can effectively subvert this and reject it, but first we have to respect that the abuse is real and the pain it causes is real. Read more

June 28, 2018

Religious liberty is rightly called “the first freedom” and it has defined us as a nation. At least up until the Supreme Court decision in “Trump v. Hawaii.” Nominees for the Supreme Court should be asked if they agree with George Washington’s “Letter to the Jews of Newport, Rhode Island” (1790). Read more

June 26, 2018

Jesus of Nazareth publicly shamed those leaders he saw were committing injustice in his time, calling them out (Matt. 23:13). Jesus didn’t hesitate to be confrontational. “You hypocrites!” he cried out. Members of this current administration have recently been publicly shamed, and also denied service at a restaurant, to call them out. I believe these are justice actions. Read more

June 15, 2018

By Dan Haseltine There are few areas of life where a man should feel as slippery-footed as when he is discussing topics related to women. Men, historically, even with an abundance of resources—from tabloid magazine articles to physiological and psychological books—have been utterly confounded. The task of writing about women is {such} a scary one that {in trying to} help us understand the role we play in serving vulnerable women and children around the world, I am going to attempt… Read more

June 9, 2018

There is an image the Southern Baptist Convention cannot afford to have taken at their annual meeting this year. It’s the image of Southern Baptist men denying access to a Southern Baptist pastor because of her female skin. The denomination officially apologized in 1995 for its history of discrimination and segregation based on the color of one’s skin. But they staunchly reserve the right to this day to discriminate based on gender. The Tennessee Baptist Convention (TBC) exercised this religious… Read more

May 23, 2018

This month’s Met Gala broke the internet, as intended. This time with celestial, papal, regal flair. But beyond the outrageous red-carpet sequins—the sexy angels and coquettish monks—the theme of the costume exhibition inside the museum, bridging the sacred and the secular, is the real provocation. Read more

April 30, 2018

Spirituality beyond religion is not an empty position for those preoccupied with believing niceties; it’s a necessary step toward more coherent and plausible spiritual worldviews. Read more

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