When Christians sell out Christians for political power

Sep 3, 2018 by , and

There’s a story in the Old Testament about the king of Babylon, Belshazzar, who hosted a dinner for his religious leaders and royal elites. The blindingly arrogant king, surrounded by adoring sycophants,...

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Twisting the cross: white supremacy’s deadly theology

Sep 8, 2017 by and

I’m in Tennessee on a little mountain getaway, trying to write a book. As soon as I got down here and settled in, I heard about a white supremacist rally planned for this past weekend, at one of the...

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Opinion: At Standing Rock, God heard our cries for justice

Dec 19, 2016 by and

On the second Sunday of Advent, I was part of a historic celebration of the power of nonviolent resistance. At Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, thousands of voices cried out in America’s wilderness. Sunday,...

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The myth of trickle-down change

May 4, 2015 by

I’ve heard some buzz in Christian circles that has troubled me. It is the idea that if we reach the most influential people in the world for Jesus, then everyone else will follow. I’ve seen this philosophy...

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Holy Week in an unholy world

Apr 3, 2015 by

We call it Holy Week. But it was a terrible week. His trial reeked of injustice. His own disciple sold him out for a few pieces of silver, betrayed him with a kiss . . .  and hung himself. As he was arrested,...

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Blessed are the housekeepers

Dec 25, 2014 by

I’ve often told young college shoppers: don’t just consider how strong the academics are or how good the football team is or even how you like the campus or the town. All of those are good questions, but...

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Wheaton College tackles the death penalty with Jesus in mind

Nov 6, 2014 by

Today (Nov. 6) Wheaton (Ill.) College, often called “the Harvard of Christian colleges,” is hosting a forum on the death penalty. But it’s not just any forum. It has potential to reshape the way...

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A nonviolent uprising

Oct 2, 2014 by

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: a “riot is the language of the unheard.” What happens when folks do not feel like their voices are being heard? They shout louder. Rioting is what almost happened in...

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If it weren’t for Jesus, I might be pro-death too

May 15, 2014 by

Southern Baptist leader Albert Mohler wrote a piece this week defending the death penalty. In his 1,200-word argument for why Christians should support the death penalty, he does not mention Jesus a single...

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The first year of the pope’s revolution

Mar 14, 2014 by

A year ago — March 13, 2013 — Pope Francis officially became pope. Since then he has fascinated the world. He didn’t don the snazzy red shoes and fancy papal attire. He chose a humble apartment rather...

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