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...
When Righteousness and Peace Kiss

When Righteousness and Peace Kiss

The second Sunday of Advent – the week we set fire to the Peace candle – has confused me for as long as I can remember. The cluster of texts in Year B, our current cycle, sends mixed messages of comfort and dismay, restoration and destruction, and the hope for renewal...
Why Social Justice, the Kingdom of God Go Hand in Hand

Why Social Justice, the Kingdom of God Go Hand in Hand

When William Wilberforce mounted a decades-long campaign to ban slavery in the British Empire, his deep evangelical piety sustained him. When Ida B. Wells risked her life to expose the horrors of lynching, she did so out of a faith in a crucified God. Oscar Romero was...

Are You Missing the Bible’s Overwhelming Message?

During my formative years, sin was pretty easy to identify if not avoid. Sin was playing poker, drinking beer, missing a church service (without going to another on vacation and bringing a bulletin for proof), holding baseball practice on Wednesday night, lusting over...