April 29, 2021

Although the passage we began with focuses on bearing fruit rather than being a dead or withered branch that bears nothing, we see that the kind of fruit one bears matters too. What does it mean for American Christians to live as Jesus did? Read more

April 28, 2021

After almost two centuries of Christian patriarchy gendering God as exclusively male, we must recognize women bear the image of the Divine, too. Read more

April 22, 2021

When we choose to make justice ultimately win, not just in isolated occurrences but systemically, we are determining whether our ancient, cherished stories of justice overcoming ring true or are merely desperate, wishful fairytales. Read more

April 21, 2021

This story that so many White Christians hold dear puts God on the side of these lost Black lives. And where we stand, whether in solidarity, neutrality, devil’s advocacy, indifference, or even opposition, reveals where we stand in relation to the God of the Jesus story. We are only with this God when we are with them. Read more

April 20, 2021

Even today when you do a simple image search for Jesus, you’ll get ten or more images of a Jesus on a cross for every single image of a shepherd. Early Jesus followers had a very different focus. Read more

April 15, 2021

It’s a story that is intended to awaken in us the choice to shape a different kind of society, where those presently marginalized are centered, where surviving is replaced with thriving, a society that is a safe, compassionate, just home for everyone.  Read more

April 14, 2021

The kind of repentance that leads to that kind of forgiveness, then, is a social rethinking of the current social course of injustice and implies a society, not just a few individuals, choosing to embrace a  different path filled with a more just set of policies for the polity. Read more

April 12, 2021

The gospels’ post resurrection appearance stories follow a familiar pattern that meets the expectations of the communities each version was written for. Read more

April 8, 2021

We must be careful not to spiritualize these elements. What is does concrete good news look like in our social context today? Read more

April 7, 2021

“I understand this is a subtle difference in interpretation but it creates a huge difference in how we response to injustice.” Read more

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