It’s Time to Name Our Sins

It’s Time to Name Our Sins

Politicians and pundits ponder what a fitting response should be to the storming of the US Capitol on Jan. 6. Some say we should impeach the president again, remove him from office by invoking the 25th Amendment or pursue both. Others say that either course would be...
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...

Not Quite Ruined by the Fall

One of the persisting questions in theological interpretation is what actually happened to our forebears as sin entered the world. A long tradition speaks of “total depravity,” which means we are rendered incapable of any good as our wills are in bondage...

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...