We are still trying to catch up with Martin Luther in many areas and there are parts of the Reformation legacy we have not fully realized.
While I think that Mojo was the best dog to ever walk the planet, I suspect that many of our animal companions are able to sanctify us in similar and different ways if we allow ourselves to look and listen and learn.
The book of Romans is often quoted by prominent preachers, even advisors to the current president, as justification for unyielding, unquestioning support of government. But context matters.
I may stand on the shoulders of theological giants, but John Howard Yoder’s egregious actions have forced my gaze downward only to see that I also stand on the hunched backs of Yoder’s victims. If I make it in this increasingly uncertain world of the theological academy, my rise will be due in part because of their fall.
It’s humbling and amazing to recognize that I live in the most financially successful nation in the history of the world — and it’s tragic and defeating to try to help people see how poor we really are, in so many important ways.
From Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority to William Barber II’s Moral Mondays, the last few decades in American life have seen a bolder and different kind of pairing of between the religious and the political, on all points of the spectrum.
Is this “a Bonhoeffer moment” in American political, cultural and spiritual life? A lot of people, across the theological spectrum, seem to think as much, or at least find the question worth pursuing.
All the judgment parables in Matthew (as well as all the judgment texts in Mark and Luke) have to do with fruits — the consequences of our faith, rather than the content of our faith. Does that scare you? It shouldn’t.
Many clergywomen have voiced their experiences of violation, often perpetrated by friends in seminary, senior pastors and judicatory leaders — many of whom were publicly affirming of women in ministry.
Me too, for noticing the silence of men during this campaign and refusing to hold them, and me, accountable for embracing muteness.
Shocking as it is, we must be confronted with the humanity of the crises around us. We cannot cover Jesus on the cross any more than we can drape our war dead in American flags in hopes that it will all seem more respectable.
Common ground could happen in our world. But we have to be the ones to make it happen.
Let’s start with a little perspective: we write and read this column from the vantage point of being the most insanely wealthy people in the history of the human race.
When the world is hard, we have to look harder. We are detectives searching for clues. Hope does not shout, but if we listen carefully we hear whispers. Hopeful things are happening, but we have to pay attention.