#3 – Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristin Kobes Du Mez (My Top Ten 2020 Reads)

This book is the story of white American evangelicalism’s love affair with hyper-masculinity and it is highly readable while managing to pack in a lot of history. Its also highly depressing and frustrating. I feel I grew up in the best of white American evangelicalism but as I look around, I fear the worst has…

The Moral Conundrum (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy 5)

A recent article in The Atlantic is just the latest of many analyses that demonstrate the devil’s bargain white evangelicals have made in their unequivocal support of Donald Trump. White evangelicals gave up their moral high ground to get Supreme Court judges. Those who have made the bargain thought throwing their support behind a narcissistic…

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…

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…

Its Not About Politics. Its About Leadership

There's a story in the Bible about a man named Rehoboam (1 Kings 12).  Rehoboam was born with all the privileges anyone could want.  His father, Solomon, was the King over all Israel.  His grandfather, David, had established the dynasty by fighting a giant, overcoming attacks from King Saul, and putting down any threats to…

#30 – Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw (My 100 Favorite Books)

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…

Politics, Parties, Means and Ends: A Political Post Inspired by CS Lewis (yes, politics, but its okay)

I am slowly working through God in the Dock, a collection of some of CS Lewis' essays, and a few days ago read the essay "Meditation on the Third Commandment."  In this essay, Lewis discusses the desirability of a Christian political party.  I'm not sure if this was something people wanted in mid-century Britain, but…

Follow University Rules and Things Go Fine

Dealing with university rules can be a pain at times.  Whether you want to have food for an event, bring in a guest speaker, pass out information on your group or just about anything else on campus, there is loads of red tape. Hoops to jump through. Forms to sign and date. It can be…

How My Daughter’s Fall On Her Head Made Me Think About the Gun Debate

On Sunday Junia was playing in the yard.  Emily was right there with her, keeping an eye on her, playing with her.  Nevertheless, Junia tripped when she was running and fell onto a rock.  She had to go to the emergency room to get the large cut on her head (any cut on your two…