Reconciliation Requires Repentance

The attempted insurrection last week by white nationalists, many of them claiming allegiance to Christianity, has garnered more and better analysis than I can offer here (find links to some great articles at the end of this post). One thing that struck me as I watched the events unfold last Wednesday, I was struck by…

#4 – White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert Jones

In each of these posts, I am sharing one of my top ten along with an honorable mention that is thematically similar. This was the toughest of all because both the books in this post could be #4. Its sort of a tie.White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert…

I Believe Systemic Racism Because of My Theology (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy 4).

Growing up, I was always taught I was a wretched sinner. Uplifting message for a four-year-old, right? But there was good news. Though I was a sinner, there was forgiveness available in Jesus! Jesus had died on the cross for my sins and your sins and everyone’s sins. All we had to do was believe…

Self-Interested Evangelicals

The pic is from this article: http://lifewayresearch.com/2020/09/29/most-evangelicals-choose-trump-over-biden-but-clear-divides-exist/ When asked who we hope our vote benefits most, 41% said “people like me” and 20% said “me and my family.” That’s 61% of evangelical Christians putting ourselves first. To be honest, this is disappointing but not necessarily surprising. It goes directly against the entire basis of our…

What the Book of Revelation is Really All About (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy Post 3)

This is the third post in a series. The first post was “The Dragon in the Room” and the second was “Are you a Christian or a Christian Nationalist?” Growing up, I constantly feared the rapture would happen and I’d be Left Behind. I had been a Christian as long as I could remember. But…

Are You a Christian or a Christian Nationalist? (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy Part 2)

This is the second post in a series on Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy. You can read the first post here. Growing up, we had American flags in the front of our church. It wasn’t until years later that I saw something deeply wrong with that. Looking back, what we were taught it meant to…

What if We’re the Target for Missionaries?

It was at least 25 years ago when my grandmother said to me, “someday, other countries will be sending missionaries to the United States.” I grew up in a church with a heavy emphasis on foreign mission. Jesus had commanded his followers to go, and we honored those who heeded that call to travel to…

Maybe Its Not Jesus You are Following?

If you want a religion that enables you to gain and exercise power over other people, then maybe Christianity is not the religion for you?That thought came to mind when I read this article in the New York Times this past weekend: Christianity Will Have Power. Now, I’m not historically ignorant. I know that Christianity…

Authentic Christianity by Peter Watts (Review)

Authentic Christianity by Peter Watts is a delightful, readable and thoughtful book about what it means to be a Christian. Of course, everyone has some impression of what it means to be a Christian. There are multitudes of books, podcasts, articles and such out there on this. Everyone has an opinion, and you can probably…