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?"
Having dealt with God and the Egyptians, the focus now must shift to the lesser known cast off characters quietly populating the pages of Exodus. There are a number of other tribes and nations scattered throughout the book whose relationship to God is on the surface level at least troubling. On several occasions God either orders […]Read more "A Native of the Land: Deriving an Ethic of Intercultural Relations from Exodus, Part 5"
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.”"
This is Part 3 of a series of post on Christians and war. This time I want to take a look at two more just war criteria to show how they to can be used to restrain nearly all violence. The Last Resort criteria states every possible means of peaceful resolution must be exhausted. Sounds […]Read more "Jus Ad Bellum Or Just Bull: The Christian, War, and Hope For A Peaceful Future (Part 3)"
This is Part 2 of my series on war and the Christian. Remember model UN in high school. Well, I don’t because we didn’t have it, but essentially it’s where students pretend to be world leaders and make big decisions. Let’s play model UN for a minute. Let’s pretend the UN can’t figure out what […]Read more "Jus Ad Bellum or Just Bull: The Christian, War, and Hope for a Peaceful Future (Part 2)"
In 1918 the United States entered the most violent war in history up to that time. Two famous Christians had two diametrically inverted responses. First, William Jennings Bryan. Few know him today. A century ago “The Great Commoner” was a household name across America. Vocal Christian, Populist crusader, presidential contender, perceived goat of the infamous […]Read more "Jus Ad Bellum or Just Bull: The Christian, War, and Hope For A Peaceful Future (Part 1)"