White Christian Nationalism Fuels Insurrection

White Christian Nationalism Fuels Insurrection

Warlike rhetoric, racist epithets and chants of “traitor” echoed through the halls. Baseball bats and flagpoles became weapons used to attack police officers, who were also doused with bear and pepper spray. Four police officers provided firsthand testimony this week...
Making Claims Doesn’t Make One Right or Righteous

Making Claims Doesn’t Make One Right or Righteous

I’ve grown tired of those who claim to be more patriotic than the rest of us while working to destroy democracy – or more Christian while largely ignoring everything Jesus said and did. Faithfulness takes more than laying claims to titles, and then redefining and...
Most US Christians Call Nation ‘Christian Country’

Most US Christians Call Nation ‘Christian Country’

A majority (67%) of self-identified Christians in the U.S. affirm that “historically, the United States has been a Christian country,” according to a Barna Group report published June 30. This is a four-point increase from 2019, when 63% affirmed this view. In 2021,...
Confessing a Ministry Failure

Confessing a Ministry Failure

It has taken decades for me to fully recognize and come to terms with a significant failure, especially in my earlier ministry life, that needs to be confessed. This awareness has come into clearer focus recently, when examining some of the fruit it has produced....
Nationalism and Holy Week

Nationalism and Holy Week

Jesus encountered religious nationalists seeking to overthrow Rome during the final week of his life. As the week progressed, these insurrectionists played a pivotal role in his execution. After his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, religious nationalists began to think...