Cultural miscommunication was acute during 2014. Over the past year it became apparent that many conservative, white Americans find it difficult to understand how anyone could be opposed to the political concepts such as limited, constitutional government and an emphasis on law and order. As the logic goes, “If we all just mind our own […]Read more "Love, Listening, and Christ Likeness in our Public Discourse: Where Do We Go After Ferguson"
Two ostensibly unrelated items on the religious news landscape caught my eye this week. On closer inspection however I think they are intimate dissections into the dysfunction of American evangelicism and into the dysfunction of my own warped soul. First, Texas Senator and possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz stormed off the stage after […]Read more "Hubris or Holiness? Can Evangelicals Tell The Difference?"
The following is a sermon delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to his congregation in Montgomery, Alabama on November 4,1956. He imagines receiving an epistle from the Apostle Paul addressed to American Christians. It is utterly fascinating. Enjoy. I would like to share with you an imaginary letter from the pen of the […]Read more "Paul’s Letter to the American Church"
But what does porn have to do with America? With the well being of society? Usually those opposed to pornography, even the most strident fundamentalists, often answer, “Nothing.” We see porn use as a private issue that at worst will embarrass the user if exposed. But in the big picture it’s shrugged at as mostly a harmless […]Read more "Do Your Part for America, Turn Off the Porn"
I thought I might share a research project I put together during my seminary days. It will take a quite a few parts. Enjoy. Racism lingers more subtly than perhaps any of humanity’s stubborn pathologies. It is certainly true vicious racial hatred is a hallmark of American and Southern Baptist history. However, the sin of […]Read more "Native of the Land? Deriving an Ethic of Intercultural Relations from Exodus, Part 1"
I love the Southern Baptist Convention. I do. For all of her pathologies and well-deserved criticisms she remains a body of churches unflinchingly and unapologetically committed to spiritual rebirth in Christ. It was in an SBC church where I heard the saving grace of Christ preached again and again as a boy, where despite my […]Read more "Southern or Baptist? The SBC and the Future"
If you are new to this series of posts, I’m walking through the tensions I discovered between my modern day, evangelical Baptist faith and my study of the church early in Christian history. How does a Baptist respond? How do we answer a Catholic or Orthodox Christian who insists their respective church body is in […]Read more "Wait . . . What? Baptist Dispatches From Deep In Church History, Part 4"