Yesterday, John Pavlovitz was blocked by the Christian Bloggers Network on Facebook. For those who don’t know, John is a popular Christian writer whose posts go viral with appalling regularity. (No, I’m not jealous at all.) The Christian Bloggers Network is, well, pretty much what the name suggests: a place where thousands of Christian writers like … Continue reading So this is what being a “Christian blogger” means…
So, we’re suspended. Or not. Plenty of commentary has already been written about what the primates did, what impact it could have, and what’s in store for the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. (This is probably one of the more helpful summaries I’ve read, BTW.) Some have questioned the primates’ selective application of punitive measures—penalizing Episcopalians for their decision to … Continue reading The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion, and the real reason we’re having this debate
At first glance, it seems odd that Matthew is the only gospel to record the events we commemorate on Epiphany: an unknown number of foreign visitors (no, there aren’t necessarily just three of them, they aren’t just “wise men,” and they’re almost certainly not “kings”) arrive to herald a toddler in Bethlehem. It’s odd because … Continue reading Giving and receiving light on Epiphany: what can we learn from a band of pagan foreigners in a Jewish story?
I had just graduated college, and I didn’t know what to do next. I’d spent four years earning a degree in political science, thinking I would go off to Washington, D.C. and join the front lines of the culture wars. But one year during college, I got a taste of the action, working for a … Continue reading How Ed Dobson changed the course of my life
“You can get away with murder. You can shoot a child in an open park. You can lie about the incident. You can refuse to cooperate with investigators. You can, if a Cuyahoga County prosecutor and grand jury are to be believed, escape indictment even when the entire episode is captured on videotape.” — Goldie Taylor, … Continue reading The racism that killed Tamir Rice is more than just a “police problem”
It’s appropriate that winter solstice falls near the end of Advent, even if it’s a reminder of how our celebration of Christ’s birth got wound up in the pagan festivities of ancient Rome. It’s appropriate because Advent is a symbol of what we observe in the sky: today, we’re halfway out of the dark (to … Continue reading Halfway out of the dark… yet?
Wheaton College has suspended a professor for expressing her solidarity with Muslims. According to school officials (and contrary to some initial headlines) it was not because she donned a hijab for Advent. It was her choice of words and not her attire that got her into trouble. Specifically, these words: I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims … Continue reading Is it wrong to say Christians and Muslims worship the same God? What we can learn from Jesus and the Samaritans
My first reaction to the comments Jerry Falwell Jr. made about guns and shooting “those Muslims” was to wonder if we’re reading the same Bible. Or following the same Jesus. Falwell probably didn’t intend for his remarks to be taken as a serious theological reflection on Christianity and the use of violence. And that’s the problem. There is a distressing lack … Continue reading Packing heat in Jesus’ name? Three things he might say about that…
A few months ago, I shared how my daughter is teaching me to pray again. What I didn’t realize then is that she’s also teaching me how to pray. Every night, we say bedtime prayers together. Usually—and at her choice—I’m the one who prays. But lately, more and more, she’s been deciding that she wants to … Continue reading When my daughter prayed for Syria
Easy listening stations have been pumping out wall-to-wall Christmas music for almost a month now. Still, that’s nothing compared to 2001. In the wake of September 11, one station near me started airing holiday music in early October because, as their jingle relentlessly proclaimed, “We need a little Christmas now.” Yet for all our rush to … Continue reading Why we need a little Advent