August 21, 2020

You may be familiar with the subject matter of orthodoxy and orthopraxy. But what about orthopathy? No, it is not a weed killer, like “Ortho Weed B Gon”. Orthodoxy deals with right doctrine. Orthopraxy deals with right practice. Orthopathy deals with right passion. If we wish to take to heart the Scriptures’ emphasis on loving God with our whole heart and our diverse neighbors as ourselves, we must account for all three: orthodoxy, orthopraxy, and orthopathy. Today it is my privilege… Read more

August 12, 2020

How concerned are you and I about the racial turmoil in our society? Are we wishing the turmoil would all go away and that we can return to the old normal and business as usual? Are we hoping for a breakthrough where the turmoil leads to transformation in our society for racial equality and justice? While I am certainly concerned about all the racial turmoil, it is not really a new phenomenon. The racial turmoil has always been there. It’s… Read more

August 10, 2020

Back in 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a sermon titled “Beyond Vietnam” n which he called upon his listeners to move from a culture of things to persons. He also spoke of how we need to address head-on the evil axis of economic exploitation, racism, and militarism. All these things were connected then. They are connected now. We hear a great deal about police brutality and inequities impacting the African American community. We hear of the “New Jim… Read more

August 9, 2020

It’s really hard to see white privilege if you don’t see “white” as a color. We often hear language like “people of color,” as if white is not a color. I remember a Mexican friend of mine puzzling over “people of color” as if that excludes whites like me. But once we see that white is a color, like a t-shirt or crayon or paint, then we can turn to ask why would one want to be color-blind. No one… Read more

August 8, 2020

John 17 records Jesus’ high-priestly prayer, where the Lord cries out to his Heavenly Father, longing for the Church to be one as he and his Father are one in complete and total unity. Then the world will know that God has sent Jesus to the world and has loved them just as the Father has loved his Son. A movement of Christian leaders here and abroad long to see that prayer and vision lived out in our midst in… Read more

August 1, 2020

What do race, biology, and psychology have in common? We address this subject in the following interview. We humans, regardless of our skin color, are not separate biologically, contrary to what many people think. What we take to be genetic or biological differences between whites and blacks as supposed “races” are really social and psychological constructs. I have asked two distinguished scientists to address this subject. You will find the complete interview in the video at the close of this… Read more

July 30, 2020

It is sometimes easy to get on the justice bandwagon or run as fast as one can for a few seconds. It is very difficult to get on and stay on, or to run the justice marathon for a lifetime. There is a great deal of positive energy about racial justice in our society presently, but will it last? I reached out to three esteemed colleagues who are committed to keeping the pace and running the long and winding race…. Read more

July 25, 2020

A June 2020 article in The Atlantic titled “The Prophecies of Q” includes the tagline “American conspiracy theories are entering a dangerous new phase.” Are you familiar with Q and QAnon? You should be. It’s a big deal, as The Atlantic article indicates, and regardless of whether you are a conspiracy theorist. I reached out to four colleagues well-versed on the subject of QAnon to get their take on this movement, its import for the Evangelical Christian community, and dynamics… Read more

July 19, 2020

We may never go back to the old normal, but can the church operate holistically and missionally that leads to ecclesial and societal flourishing no matter the size of our churches and gatherings? The megachurch phenomenon may or may not come to an end in view of COVID-19. Church growth and large numbers, at least in terms of public gatherings, may change dramatically (“After-math” in the title pertains to the crisis and numbering/growth). In what follows, I provide the outline… Read more

July 12, 2020

It is hard to keep one’s guard up all the time in public by making sure the face mask’s on and social distancing’s in place during a pandemic. Some will tell us that the Coronavirus is not such a big deal, not much different than the flu, and that it will soon pass from the scene by natural causes. Something similar can occur in the spiritual realm, when it comes to false teaching, as in the case of the Colossian… Read more

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