May 13, 2019

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. –John 1.5 It’s been over two years now and I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that Donald Trump is president. What makes the whole thing even harder to understand is the fact that he has somehow maintained the Christian Right as his most important support base. I will never comprehend how any person who calls him/herself a Christian can look to Donald J. Trump… Read more

May 10, 2019

Back in December, I wrote an article called, “The Last Days of Trump.” It was my reaction to the ESPN documentary, “The Last Days of Knight,” about the fall of the legendary Indiana basketball coach. That doc made it very clear to me how similar Knight and Trump are, as well as their die-hard supporters. Just days before I wrote that article, Knight came out to support Trump at a rally in Indianapolis, which was held a mere 5 miles… Read more

May 8, 2019

Ten years ago, I was right where I thought I was supposed to be. Everything about my surroundings and the culture in which I was immersed told me that I should be very happy with my life. But I didn’t like me very much back then. Back then, I was slowly approaching a crossroads and facing a heavy decision. For nearly a decade, I had been an NRA card-carrying conservative Christian. I was in deep for a few years. For… Read more

May 3, 2019

Donald Trump is my employee, as are all the members of Congress. They all work for me–and you. How often we seem to forget that. In 1789, when the Constitution went into effect, this concept was revolutionary. It was the greatest experiment in self-rule ever attempted. It was beautiful. Our Constitution quickly became the envy of the civilized world. Though we are not an old country, our Constitution is the oldest such document still going. The first three words on… Read more

May 2, 2019

“The baby is born; the mother meets with the doctor, they take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully. Then the doctor and mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby. This is unconscionable.” -President Trump The quote above came right out of the President’s mouth within the last week. It could go down in history as one of the most egregiously appalling lies ever uttered by a president. There is simply no truth in it whatsoever…. Read more

April 24, 2019

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind” -Job 12:7-10 The Bible has dozens of verses about the environment. They all point to the fact that God was… Read more

April 21, 2019

For Christians around the world, Easter is about an empty tomb symbolizing victory over death. Without Christ’s fulfillment of the prophesy of the sacrificial lamb and his ultimate resurrection after three days in the tomb, Christianity would have never emerged. Some reading this are probably thinking the world would be better off without Christianity and, believe me, the way some have represented it throughout history and today, I feel you. But I’ve been reflecting on the concept of life, death,… Read more

April 16, 2019

You can’t escape the news about Tiger Woods the last few days. He’s trending no matter where you get your news. As I’ve been reflecting on this remarkable athlete’s latest landmark accomplishment–winning his 5th Masters title and his 15th major championship–I’ve begun to realize that Tiger Woods creates a dilemma for the Christians who follow his career, both conservatives and progressives. Tiger Woods stands in the breach of America’s faith and political dilemma. Full disclosure: I am a golf nut…. Read more

April 13, 2019

  THE TWELVE STEPS FOR RECOVERING CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS   ONE We admitted we were powerless over the political indoctrination supplied by our conservative churches and news sources in which we immersed ourselves —that our critical thinking had become unmanageable and our capacity for empathy severely weakened. TWO We came to believe that being followers of Christ’s teachings, focusing on loving our neighbors–all of them–and finding     empathy for the least of these our brothers and sisters could restore us… Read more

April 13, 2019

Andy and I grew up in a small, all white town in Indiana, smack in the middle of “Sundown Town” country. We moved on to live in big cities. Andy married a black woman and has a mixed race teenager. We decided to sit down and have an in depth discussion about our past as it relates to our present—of how we came to understand that white privilege in which we were enveloped—and of how exposure to others’ experiences has… Read more

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