So this is what being a “Christian blogger” means…

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…

The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion, and the real reason we’re having this debate

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

Giving and receiving light on Epiphany: what can we learn from a band of pagan foreigners in a Jewish story?

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?

The racism that killed Tamir Rice is more than just a “police problem”

“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”

Is it wrong to say Christians and Muslims worship the same God? What we can learn from Jesus and the Samaritans

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

Packing heat in Jesus’ name? Three things he might say about that…

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…