The Time for Pious Words is Over

The Time for Pious Words is Over

At the end of each message sent from my personal email account is a quote from South African liberation theologian Allan Boesak that I have appropriated for the title of this column. Boesak’s statement, “The Time for Pious Words is Over,” is part of the title of...
SBC Report Agonizing, Sickening and Convicting

SBC Report Agonizing, Sickening and Convicting

Reading the Southern Baptist Convention’s Sexual Abuse Task Force report since its release this past Sunday afternoon has been an agonizing and sickening exercise. Engaging the report, and consuming raw details of how broken this institution is, has almost been more...
Woe to Churches Shaming Women and Protecting Abusers

Woe to Churches Shaming Women and Protecting Abusers

“It’s just the way of the world.” “It is what it is.” Take or leave it, this explains the eschatology I was raised with. We were “so heavenly minded” that we were “no earthly good.” We focused on saving ourselves and to hell with the rest of the world quite literally....