Nationalism and Holy Week

Nationalism and Holy Week

Jesus encountered religious nationalists seeking to overthrow Rome during the final week of his life. As the week progressed, these insurrectionists played a pivotal role in his execution. After his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, religious nationalists began to think...
Kris Exposed Hypocrisy, Injustices I’d Not Seen

Kris Exposed Hypocrisy, Injustices I’d Not Seen

The announcement that Kris Kristofferson, now 84, is no longer making public appearances has caused me to listen more attentively to — and reflect more deeply upon — the music of this “walkin’ contradiction.” As a mostly do-gooder youth growing up along the...
Walter Rauschenbusch’s Concern for Justice

Walter Rauschenbusch’s Concern for Justice

Observation of human suffering aroused Walter Rauschenbusch’s (1861–1918) deep concern for justice in American society. Justice became central to his understanding of Christianity. Nurtured in a middle-class professor’s home in the prosperous community of Rochester,...
The Azan Is a Call to Both Prayer and Justice

The Azan Is a Call to Both Prayer and Justice

The Azan, the call to prayer, is heard five times a day in the Muslim world. The person calling out faces each direction, north, south, east and west, declaring the supremacy of God Almighty. The story of the Azan still brings chills to my spine, for it began with a...