Six Excellent Kids Books to Replace Your Cancelled Dr. Seuss Books

Now, I am not a professional educator. I am not a civil liberties lawyer, nor am I particularly convinced that children should receive the blatantly racist messages of bygone eras to protect a dead author’s work. When the book burning commence I suppose I shall have to admit I was wrong. But til then, I can share what I do know.

What I am is a theologian, a leftist, and, most relevantly to this conversation, a stay at home dad. At this point in my life, I read an absurd amount of children’s books to my girls (ages 2 and 5 as of this writing). And so I do have a particular lens, even when I am reading to my children (which is roughly 5,629,340 hours per week).

And so I can help! You recently lost six books out of your library, you say? Here are six to replace them:

Do You Rulers Speak Justly? A reflection on Psalm 58

1 Do you rulers indeed speak justly?    Do you judge people with equity?2 No, in your heart you devise injustice,    and your hands mete out violence on the earth. The gift of the psalms is that they are always relevant. Even King David, the named writer of the 58th Psalm, knew that justice was not a feature that rulers…

About the Capitol, White Power, James Cone and Repentance

As I sit with the reality that white supremacists broke into the Capitol building in Washington yesterday, meeting what can only be accurately described as a friendly police opposition, I’m struck by how uniquely American the whole scene is. We have nearly 500 years now to witness to the fact that the existing power structures…

Building New Prisons in Alabama is Immoral

“Are there no prisons?” asked Scrouge. “Plenty of prisons,” said the gentlemen… “Oh! I was afraid from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them from their useful course,” said Scrouge. “I’m very glad to hear it.” –A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, 1843 For the last century and a half Charles…

Jesus and John Wayne: Podcast

This week Jerran and Casey welcome on, as our very first guest, Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez, author of the excellent recent work on masculinity, militarism and the evangelical church. The book is called Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. We explore the personal ramifications of this…

I Can’t Breathe | A Review

This is an entry in a series that may or may not be completely selfish. I’ve gone back and forth over the years on how best to describe my ongoing ideological journey, or truly if it’s worth describing to you, the reader, in the first place. At the same time I have a tendency to…