The Abuses and Idolatry of American Exceptionalism

The Abuses and Idolatry of American Exceptionalism

My public school and religious education were taught through the lens of “American exceptionalism.” We were not only blessed, we learned; we were also special, which translated to privileged. I don’t recall learning about the Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny...
Pride: A Virtue All Underdogs Can Embrace

Pride: A Virtue All Underdogs Can Embrace

LGBTQ+ rights aside, the word pride has never held much of a good reputation within Christianity. Pride is named among the “seven deadly sins” or “capital vices,” and of all seven, theologians have often said pride takes the cake and is the deadliest of them. Pride,...
Cooking Fatigue: American-Style Pandemic Blues

Cooking Fatigue: American-Style Pandemic Blues

Our local paper has a weekly section devoted to cuisine and often reviews the plentiful restaurant scene in our city that’s a magnet for tourism. Last week’s focus was captioned “No more dishes: 13 family-style meals ready for takeout.” The third paragraph in the...