Do We Admire the Dream, or Are We Captured by It?

Do We Admire the Dream, or Are We Captured by It?

I have a vivid memory of the exact moment. I was in seminary, having fled my native South to New York City to finish college and seminary, embarrassed at being a Baptist, at being a white Southerner, and not entirely sure if I was a believer. But the God question...
Considering Advent’s Insurrectionary Promise

Considering Advent’s Insurrectionary Promise

Advent is a season of great longing, specifically for those longing “from below” of history’s malignant dominion. The longing is a revolutionary one, however, and frightening to those in charge, who have much to lose if existing hierarchies are breached. Such anxiety...
Memorial Day: When Will We Mourn All the War Dead?

Memorial Day: When Will We Mourn All the War Dead?

My question is not whether we should mourn, legitimately and unreservedly, the loss of our war dead on Memorial Day. Yes. A thousand times, yes. My question is this: On what day should we also mourn the loss of others’ war dead? Indeed, one of Memorial Day’s stories...
Breathing Room: 4 Takeaways from Chauvin Verdict

Breathing Room: 4 Takeaways from Chauvin Verdict

The NPR radio host said the jury in the Derek Chauvin murder trial had reached a verdict. I was pulling out of my driveway, immediately feeling my stomach tighten. Like most, I thought the evidence against him in the death of George Floyd was irreproachable. But, as...
Why Your Spiritual Formation is Like Composting

Why Your Spiritual Formation is Like Composting

I’ve never had a green thumb. My wife tends indoor plants and outside flowers. I’ve never had the urge to garden, though I wish I had. But I’ve enjoyed making dirt for over 30 years. Soil, I should say. Dark, fertile, nutrition-rich soil that growing things need to...