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?"
Israel and Palestine. Is there any more divisive a topic facing our world today? Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has an answer. And nothing ever gets accomplished. Conflict between the two is nothing new even in my short lifetime. My generation has seen it multiple times, early 2000’s in the West Bank, 2006 in Lebanon, […]Read more "What Does it Mean to Stand With Israel?"
The death penalty debate is gaining new traction in Tennessee, though now with a decidedly different tone. A number of Christian groups are speaking out asking Governor Bill Haslam to reconsider the string of upcoming executions, the number of which is unprecedented in the modern era for our state. One inmate set to die even […]Read more "The Calvinist Case Against the Death Penalty"
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"
Clarence Jordan was unusual. After earning a PhD in Greek from Southern Seminary in Louisville, he, his wife, and another couple left the academic world and at the height of Southern racial apartheid founded Koinonia Farm in southwest Georgia. The farm’s mission was to model a holistic community – a community dedicated to interracial fellowship, […]Read more "“Lazarus got what was left.”"