How do we actually deal with the ugly parts of our shared history, as opposed to just erasing them?
If good theology doesn’t propel us into the world to be agents of justice, mercy, and renewal, then what’s it good for?
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
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
For the past couple weeks, I’ve had an article in the works about the great kneeling debate that has been swirling around the sports world. But then this weekend happened and everyone went bananas, so I scratched that article and decided to go in a different direction altogether. Yesterday as NFL players protested and the … Continue reading 5 Questions about Patriotism
What do you do when you’re upset? When you find yourself in sharp disagreement with someone? When your voice doesn’t seem to be heard? Here’s one suggestion: stay in your seat. By now you’ve probably heard about the Notre Dame graduates who walked out on Vice President Mike Pence during his commencement address a few … Continue reading Stay in Your Seat
We can’t escape it. Whether it’s sparked by a fierce presidential campaign, by a highly publicized women’s march, by some newly proposed piece of legislation, or simply by an incendiary meme on Facebook, the abortion debate won’t go away. As much as we seem to talk about abortion, though, it’s incredible how little progress we’ve … Continue reading Reforming the Abortion Debate
Our little corner of the world has been rocked recently by the news of two teenage girls who were murdered in the woods near Delphi, Indiana. It’s a chilling story that continues to occupy the center of attention for local news outlets (and has been picked up by a few national outlets, as well). In … Continue reading Truth in a Time of Tragedy
In the midst of so many news stories about crime and injustice and nasty politics, it’s nice to come across something every now and then that lifts your spirits and gives you reason for hope. Anticipating the upcoming fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, CNN published an article this week that does just that, profiling a group … Continue reading A Proud Father
With the state primaries now under way, the 2016 U.S. presidential race is officially in full swing. The candidates have been raising money, traveling the country, explaining their positions on the key issues, and trying to garner as much support as they can. Now, it’s time for the voters to respond. Here in Indiana, our … Continue reading 3 Myths of Christian Voting