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 […]

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 […]

When You Feel Like a Tourist

Ben Gibbard is a brilliant songwriter. He does just about everything in his craft well. But perhaps what he does best is this: taking that vague, undefined emotion you’ve never quite been able to describe, and then describing it for you in a way that leaves you saying, “Yes! That’s it!” Pull a random Death […]

Reflecting on a National Disaster

Watching the 2016 presidential election has felt a lot like watching one of those terrible low-budget movies on the SyFy channel. You know it’s going to be painful, but still for some reason you watch. You’re not exactly sure why. All you know is that deep down you’re compelled by a morbid curiosity to find […]

3 Myths of Christian Voting

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 […]