We Don’t Do Kings

We Don’t Do Kings

As Donald Trump basks in a self-designed and elaborate military send-off from Washington and Joe Biden takes the solemn oath of office as our 46th president, I am reminded that in America, we don’t do kings. We do elections. Free and fair elections: cries and lies of...
Avoiding Breaches in Wall of Church-State Separation

Avoiding Breaches in Wall of Church-State Separation

Georgia’s recent election of a prominent pastor to serve in the U.S. Senate has prompted some reflection on our time-honored and carefully maintained principle of the “separation of church and state.” The reported intention of Raphael Warnock to continue to serve as...
Time for Church to Serve as State’s Conscience

Time for Church to Serve as State’s Conscience

Many tributes to Martin Luther King Jr. fail to recognize that he was a Baptist pastor, a minister formed by and committed to the traditions of the African American church. The connection between King’s powerful expression of the truth and the truth-telling tradition...
What Does It Mean to Be Christian Citizen?

What Does It Mean to Be Christian Citizen?

It is time to revisit what it means to be a Christian citizen. Over the last 40 years, U.S. Christians have been engulfed with Christian nationalism, which has overrun many evangelical churches, especially during the last five years. Mark 12:14b-17 and Romans 13:1-6...
Deciphering the Evangelical Lexicon

Deciphering the Evangelical Lexicon

The redefinition of Americanized Christianity from a primary call to follow Jesus to a fear-based ideology has solidified during the highly divisive political activities of recent years. To accomplish this fuller evangelical evolution, words had to change meanings....