This is part 2 of a series on rethinking the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a Christian, inspired by the most recent assault on Gaza. Part 1 can be read here. When I was a kid, I had a t-shirt with a picture of Snoopy carrying an Israeli flag, trailed by Woodstock marching with an American flag. … Continue reading A Palestinian Christian’s view of the occupation
Global Voices of Nonviolence (GVON) is a new initiative to share stories and perspectives on nonviolence from around the world. It was started by EthnoGraphic Media (EGM), the film company behind the documentary Little Town of Bethlehem. This week they republished an old post of mine called “People of the third way,” in which I … Continue reading Global voices of nonviolence (including mine)
I hate it when the wrecking ball arrives just as I’m settling into a new home. A little over a year ago, my wife and I joined the Episcopal Church. We were confirmed on a Saturday. Our daughter was baptized the following day, Pentecost Sunday. Last week, Episcopalians wrapped up their triennial convention, and the … Continue reading On the imminent demise of the Episcopal Church…
Yesterday’s vote in North Carolina has been followed by all the usual (and predictable) punditry, from outrage to triumphalism. Supporters of Amendment 1 have rightly pointed out that in every state where it’s been put to a vote (31 and counting), a clear majority have voted to ban gay marriage. Whereas the eight states which … Continue reading That’s democracy for you . . .
Sunday’s Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary was Mark 1:9-15, the story of Jesus’ baptism and testing. Mark includes one detail about Jesus’ wilderness sojourn not found in the other Gospels: Jesus “was with the wild animals.” Our priest made this the focus of his homily on Sunday. He argued it’s not (as widely assumed) … Continue reading Ordo creatio (or, why every Christian should be a radical environmentalist)
I’m blogging my way through the first several books of the Old Testament, sometimes known as the “historical books” or the Covenant History. Today’s installment is the second from Exodus, covering the Hebrews’ escape from Egypt and one of the more distinctive features of the covenant law they’re given… ___________________ God has led his people … Continue reading Foreigners among foreigners: Israel’s journey out of Egypt
Dear friends (yes, I count you as friends), I deeply admire your commitment to being a voice for those who don’t have a voice of their own. Christians have long taken it upon themselves to stand up for the marginalized and vulnerable in our midst, and this is precisely what you seek to do. One … Continue reading An open letter to my friends in the pro-life movement
Last week was the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Some pro-life commentators marked the occasion by pointing out that over 50 million pregnancies have been terminated since the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling. I believe in gender equality. My wife and I have an egalitarian marriage. I support equal pay for equal work. I believe … Continue reading 50 million abortions later, the question we still aren’t asking…
Jefferson Bethke’s enormously successful viral video “Why I hate religion” has spawned a number of in-kind responses—most of which aspire to imitate his unique style. Here’s one example: PRO TIP: If the name of your video series is “Worldview Everlasting,” do not attempt freestyle rap and/or slam poetry. PRO TIP #2: Please don’t make me watch a 13-minute rebuttal … Continue reading You don’t have to “hate” religion to critique it
Yesterday, N.T. Wright rounded out the January Series at Calvin College by proving he doesn’t mind saying things that would make most people squirm. The theme of his talk was “Why we’ve all misunderstood the gospels.” For him, the gospels are, at their core, a proclamation of theocracy, the news that God has actually become … Continue reading So, who’s up for a little theocracy?