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

April 12, 2019

Pete Buttigieg has cannonballed into the national political pool and made a remarkable splash.  I wrote an article endorsing him a couple weeks ago that made a big splash, too. Between the times it was shared on social media platforms and here at my Patheos column, that article sparked a conversation and debate that resulted in thousands of comments. This just shows that Mayor Pete has the “it factor” necessary to move the needle. That’s exactly what the Democratic Party… Read more

April 12, 2019

My column here is called Empathy Mining. It’s an important theme that I try to weave into most everything I write. Most often, I try to get people to feel empathy for the downtrodden and marginalized. Too often, that probably comes out in ways that make the folks across the aisle feel marginalized by my words. That fact isn’t lost on me–and if I forget, someone is always quick to remind me in the comment sections. As a Christian–and formerly a… Read more

April 11, 2019

This week, as I was watching my 8th grade class take a quiz, I had an article pop up on my screen about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. As a teacher, that day is one of the most gut-wrenching memories of my career. I couldn’t believe it when it happened and I still can’t get my mind around it. That a madman could stroll into an elementary school and coldly mow down 26 innocent lives–20 of… Read more

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