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 … Continue reading I Believe Systemic Racism Because of My Theology (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy 4).
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 … Continue reading Self-Interested Evangelicals
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 … Continue reading What the Book of Revelation is Really All About (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy Post 3)
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 … Continue reading Are You a Christian or a Christian Nationalist? (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy Part 2)
White supremacy and Nationalism are the Dragon in the room of White Christianity in America.
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 … Continue reading What if We’re the Target for Missionaries?
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 … Continue reading Maybe Its Not Jesus You are Following?
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 … Continue reading Authentic Christianity by Peter Watts (Review)
Sparta, Rome and Christianity Historian Tom Holland made a name for himself as a historian before his namesake was cast as Spider Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.. I first came across his books in the library and I read three of them: Persian Fire, which is about the wars between Greece and Rome, Rubicon, … Continue reading How the Christian Revolution Changed the World…Even if We’ve Forgotten
If you want to start a fight, talk about religion. Or politics. OR BOTH! For much of my adult life, I've wrestled with what it looks like to apply my faith to public life. This especially becomes a question during election season, when some Christians speak as if the entire fate of the world rests … Continue reading #30 – Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw (My 100 Favorite Books)