Caravans and the Communal Conscience

They’re coming. It sounds like the tagline to a new action-horror movie. But no, it’s just another week in American political discourse. As thousands of soldiers are deployed to the southern border, the collective imagination of our country is gripped by the prospect of a coming invasion. The so-called “caravan” making its way through Mexico … Continue reading Caravans and the Communal Conscience

These Fruits Are Made for Pickin’

“I am the vine. You are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit.” These beloved words of Jesus have shaped the spiritual formation of countless people who, over the ages, have sought to walk in the way of Christ. They’re inspirational. They’re endearing. They beckon … Continue reading These Fruits Are Made for Pickin’

The Gospel Has Feet (Part 2)

A few weeks ago, a small church in Montana made news as a result of its decision to part ways with the Southern Baptist Convention. This announcement came just days after MLK50, a national conference commemorating the legacy of Martin Luther King that was organized in part by one of the most prominent SBC entities, … Continue reading The Gospel Has Feet (Part 2)

The Gospel Has Feet (Part 1)

G.K. Chesterton opens The Everlasting Man with the imaginative scenario of a boy who grew up in a cottage on the slope of an ancient, rolling hill. One day, the boy set out from his home in search of a great adventure, and when he had covered a fair distance, he turned around to discover … Continue reading The Gospel Has Feet (Part 1)

The Righteousness of Rage

My wife and I make it to the movie theater about once a year—maybe twice if we’re lucky and have a gift card. But even then, we attend merely as chaperones and financiers, dutifully setting aside our own cinematic preferences in order to allow our eager offspring the rare pleasure of stuffing buttery popcorn in … Continue reading The Righteousness of Rage

The Image Is Everywhere

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” These words from Genesis 1:27 are among the first and most important statements in Scripture about the mysterious class of creatures known as human beings. In a world full of countless created wonders, … Continue reading The Image Is Everywhere

Prayers and Politics

Unfortunately, this script is starting to become familiar. A mass shooting takes place. A group of grieved and angry people react by calling for stricter gun control laws. A second group of grieved and angry people react to the first group by admonishing them not to politicize a tragedy. The first group says, “Well, your … Continue reading Prayers and Politics