January 14, 2020

I think I’ve finally reached a tipping point. I’ve been trying to find ways to reconcile my convictions about what it means to be a Christian with the kinds of political policies I’ve seen my more conservative Christian friends supporting for the last three years and I’m growing quite weary of it. It is an exercise in frustration and a pathway to depression. How could we have drifted so far apart in our understanding of the example Christ left for… Read more

January 7, 2020

  Two Little Boys By: Shane Phipps   Two little boys were born one day Back in June of ‘98 One in Iran, one in Utah Proudest dads you ever saw When John was born you’d never know Oh, the places he would go And Reza’s mom could not foresee Just what he’d turn out to be They grew up half a world away But could not keep their fates at bay Their paths should have never crossed But now… Read more

January 6, 2020

It’s starting to become clear. The seemingly bewildering nature of the continued support of the Evangelical Right for the loony Trump administration is starting to make sense. They are hastening the End Times and spoiling for a fight. It doesn’t make it any less frightening, but at least I can understand it now. I didn’t jump right on the pile when the news broke about the Trump ordered assassination of General Soleimani. I remained silent for a few days because… Read more

January 5, 2020

It’s been amazing to watch President Trump the last couple weeks. He is going deep into the playbook of damage control and pulling out all the stops. He is clearly bothered and embarrassed that he has been impeached. He was clearly hurt by the editorial from Christianity Today which said that he deserves to be removed from office. He can barely contain his paranoia-driven rage. He’s been busier on Twitter than ever. Just the other day, Trump tweeted so many… Read more

December 19, 2019

Some of my left-leaning friends took to social media last night and posted joyous, celebratory messages about the historic impeachment vote against President Trump in the House of Representatives. I wish I could have shared in their enthusiasm, but I was immediately awash under a wave of doom and gloom. I actually went to bed in a state of depression. I’ve seen the writing on the wall for the last 4 or 5 years. In my nightmares, I have seen… Read more

December 17, 2019

“May you have a beautiful, wonderful holiday. Your debt has been forgiven.” How wonderful would it be to receive that message? This holiday season, thousands of poor families in the Chicago area got this message in their mailbox. A coalition of churches decided to band together to make it a mission to pay off the medical debts of as many poverty-stricken families as they could before the holiday season arrived. Families who are mired in poverty normally dread a trip… Read more

December 15, 2019

Dear friends and family that I’ve unfollowed recently, You won’t be reading this directly off of my social media pages, but perhaps it will show up on mutual friends’ feeds and you’ll see it there. You may have wondered where I’ve gone. Well, I haven’t gone anywhere, we just won’t be crossing paths on the web anymore because I’ve unfollowed you. I didn’t want to unfollow you. Many of you go way back in my life, some to childhood. Some… Read more

December 9, 2019

Our nation lies stripped and beaten. We’ve been left for dead, lying in a roadside ditch. Things look bleak. It’s going to take the help of some conservative Christian Good Samaritans to save us. That may scare the hell out of my progressive readers who wouldn’t count on a conservative Christian to spit on them if they were on fire, but I’m afraid it’s the truth. I don’t think there is any way that PresidentTrump will be convicted and removed… Read more

December 2, 2019

For years, I’ve struggled with this. We are told that we are all created in God’s image. We are also told that the Bible clearly condemns sexual relations between members of the same sex. These two messages have clashed in my brain since I’ve been old enough to understand them. As a teacher of middle school aged children, I know that many people are born with an attraction to members of the same sex. I have seen it first hand… Read more

November 30, 2019

For many years now, I’ve been waging a quiet and subtle battle against a persistent myth about public education. There is a wide-spread belief among more conservative Christians that God has somehow been “locked out” of public schools and that the moment we allowed that to happen, our society began to become morally bankrupt. I’ve seen dozens of memes circulating around social media since it’s inception about how prayer isn’t allowed in public schools–how they stopped saying the Pledge of… Read more

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