The Demons and The Pigs and the Greedy

The story of Jesus driving out a herd of demons into a herd of pigs has always fascinated me. Matthew, Mark and Luke all three record the story or a variation of it, so apparently it stood out as remarkable and in some way essential to the gospel story. And while the story in and…

A Word on the World from a White Evangelical

The time has come to have a talk about the state of our world. President Donald Trump was overwhelmingly carried into office by people who fit my profile. White. Evangelical. Rural. In doing so, we’ve made an incredible mistake. Our children will never understand our silence in the face of such events. There is currently,…

Charlottesville, Violence and a Vision for a Way Forward

This past weekend, Neo-Nazi demonstrators- including a number of terrorists armed militia-style gathered under 150 miles from the nation’s capital. They assembled to protest the city of Charlottesville’s decision to cease the practice of venerating a well-known leader of a violent contingent that once attempted to destroy the United States of America. Only after 1.2…

Raising Cain Today

Am I my brother’s keeper? Nothing surpasses the joy and wonder of a child. The possibilities, the potentialities, the first steps, the crazed screams of jubilation arising over the sighting of a dog call each mother and father, each aunt and uncle and plenty of unsuspecting strangers to attention. This is inherent in what it…

On Saying Yes to Justice

Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord? Is this not the fast that I choose: to…

Embodied Theology

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The story of humanity from the beginning has been a long witness to the creations’ struggle to listen to the voice of the Creator. At first, the instructions were simple. “Breathe.” And it was so. “Be fruitful and multiply.” And it was good. But then then…