INAUGURATION DAY 2021

Jesus, MLK, and How to Pray for Our Nation

My mom was involved in politics from an early age, a legacy handed down by her father. Some of my earliest memories are of her campaigning for Nixon. She fought hard for Ford but greatly admired Carter (and does to this day). Needless to say, Inauguration Day was always special in our house … no […]

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STRENGTH IN A CRISIS

A Way Forward When Things Go Wrong

Our country is in crisis. Trust is at an all-time low. Violence is increasingly a normative form of expression. And the institutions and values that have traditionally held us together lie largely abandoned on the side of the American road. What can Jesus teach us about navigating a crisis?   Strength in the Crisis Jesus […]

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AN ELECTION DAY PRAYER

A Christian Prayer for Our Divided Nation

The night before Jesus’ crucifixion things got real. Jesus warned his disciples that life would be difficult for them, as the world would react violently to their message. He encouraged them with the promise that he had already overcome the world.   The Soul of our Nation I have told you these things, so that […]

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THE POST-ELECTION CHRISTIAN

Three Ways to Pray for Our Divided Nation

Presidential elections over the last thirty years have been excruciatingly close. Only one president has garnered more than fifty-0ne percent of the popular vote. Most have squeaked their way into the White House by less than three points. This year promises to be another nail-biter. If so, the results of the election could be litigated […]

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THE 2020 ELECTION

A Biblical Perspective on Voting

There are record numbers of people voting in the 2020 election, so far. This is a good thing. However, for some, there is a temptation to walk away from it all. We seem to live in an anger-filled, 24-hour a day, 365-days-a-year election cycle. The question some Christians are asking is: How do we engage […]

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LOSING AND OVERCOMING

Bob Gibson and a Legacy of Overcoming

One of my baseball heroes died the other day. Bob Gibson was a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in an era when baseball was still America’s darling sport, and was, like America, struggling with her racist past. Gibson, a black man raised during the Jim Crow era, let his arm do the talking.  He […]

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THE STATE OF HUMAN AFFAIRS

Augustine's Critique of the Roman Empire

This year’s election cycle promises to reveal more and more of the sickness that seems to afflict America. For years, the virus eating away at our teetering national life slept under the surface waiting for the body to weaken. Now it is attacking. Where should a Christian stand?   The Roman Way As dead flies […]

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MY INVISIBLE, FOREIGN HEROES

A Tribute to the Immigrants Who are Dying For Me

The year 2020 will go down in history as one of our nation’s most difficult. We’ve dealt with pandemics, economic recessions, angry civil discourse, and racial tension in the past. We’ve never had to deal with all of them in a single year. There are some who are suffering more than others. We should acknowledge […]

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THE DISCRIMINATING VIRUS

Covid-19 and the Plight of the Global Poor

The Covid-19 Pandemic will have a yet uncertain impact on the global economy. While Americans will suffer, most will escape the devastating impact felt by the poorest countries in the world. Obviously, the virus spreads indiscriminately. However, the plight of the poor places them inequitably in the path of the pandemic. What does the Bible […]

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NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL

Smart is Always Better Than Afraid

The Covid-19 global pandemic will most likely be a seminal event. When we return to normal it will be a new normal. How do we surf the turbulent waters of a seminal event? How do we live smart so that we don’t have to be afraid?   The Seminal Event My Grandfather’s generation was shaped […]

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