Meme Streak: When Christians Spread Internet Hate

It’s become so easy in our society to spread hate. The rise of the meme has been an interesting phenomenon. This past year, it has become something that has caused me deep concern. For the uninitiated, memes are pictures or short videos that have words overlaid...

Focused Hatred Poisons Our View of World

It is becoming more evident with every turn of our collective experience just how toxic the public conversation and its consequent actions have become. What happened to the wisdom that once guided leaders and would-be leaders to appeal to a commitment to the common...

Just Imagine: No Longer Reducing Others to Labels

An ethical response to the Earth requires the use of imagination for proper “knowing,” says Norman Wirzba in his book, “From Nature to Creation: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our World.” In advancing this argument, he refers...

What Kind of Love Can Redeem Hatred?

I’ve preached a lot of sermons on or around the theme of love – love of God and love of neighbor. But I’ve never preached on hate. My friend, Stuart Blythe, rector of International Baptist Theological Study Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands, raised...

Why We Rail Against the Wrong “Common Enemy”

A perceptive member of our Sunday school class offered a concluding observation to our discussion of a period of ancient Israel’s history: “It seems they were best able to overcome their tribal differences when they had a common enemy.” His comment...