What would the greatest theologian in the history of the Church say to Americans on a day soaked with nationalism? This may seem like an odd question, but the parallels between Augustine’s place in the Roman Empire and ours in the United States are so plentiful that his wisdom is worth our attention. [Read more…]
Is Verizon Feminist, Sexist, or Just Using Us?
The ad is beautiful. It calls into question the seemingly innocent language that we use with little girls that has the potential to hold them back from achieving what they are truly passionate about. Even someone with a basic awareness of feminist issues and the effect of the use of language has to applaud Verizon for this ad and their #InspireHerMind campaign. [Read more…]
You Aren’t Racist, But You Make Racism Possible
There are many ways that it is said, but the results are the same.
“If blacks would stop talking about slavery all the time they could just get on with successful careers.”
“I don’t see color. Black, white, and brown are all just people. Stop talking about it all the time.”
“Blacks shouldn’t be telling their kids about racism and they wouldn’t learn to think of themselves as inferior.”
Usually these people aren’t themselves racist. But this kind of talk does allow racism to continue in our country.
Remember That You Were Gentiles: Christians, Homosexuality, And Culture Wars
The recent World Vision flip-flop fiasco reveals a strikingly sad reality: many conservative evangelicals have become 21st Century Pharisees.
World Vision And The Failure Of Christian Ethics
If your social media feeds are full of Christian leaders then you already know about the fiasco inflicted upon all of us by World Vision’s board. After declaring that they would permit hiring of those with legal same sex marriages for their US offices, they reversed their position claiming that their constituents had helped them see that this position was an affront to biblical ethics.
The Greatest Martyr That Evangelicals Don’t Know: Oscar Romero
The Day That I Started To Understand Racism
It was a hot June day in 2011. My wife and I had been parents for just four days.