Complicated Evil

Complicated Evil

With the infrastructure that has been created over the past fifty years we should not be surprised that there are powerful interests that are working to ensure that the United States government – supported by much of the US public – believe that the answer to every ill we face as a nation can be attained through some form of corporate spending, or tax cuts that supposedly will allow corporations to spend more. The immigration issue is no different in this regard.

Evangelizing Evangelicals

Evangelizing Evangelicals

I believe there are two ways out of evangelicalism for people authentically interested in following Jesus. And for those of us who reject or are in the process of rejecting evangelicalism and moving towards liberation, we must be about one of these ways of evangelizing evangelicals. One way evangelicalism dies is through transformation. I prefer liberation or even salvation, but regardless, evangelicals must reject evangelicalism as a whole and pursue the biblical Jesus.

Awarding Harm

Awarding Harm

In what is yet another example of this administration’s commitment to either harm or outright buffoonery - and most of the time it is a healthy mixture of both - donald trump will be awarding “economist” Arthur Laffer the Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award given to individuals who have shown “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” Of course, Laffer has made no contribution except to the affluent and the powerful, which is exactly why he is getting the award.

A Disaster of Their Own Creation

A Disaster of Their Own Creation

For the third time House Republicans blocked a $19.1 billion dollar disaster relief bill from moving on to the Senate because they either think the bill is too expensive or because it is not expensive enough and does include funding for militarization of the border. The reason has never been clarified, but what is clear is that House Republicans are opposed to giving people who recently suffered natural disasters money to recover and rebuild.

We Need a New Evangelism

We Need a New Evangelism

By and large liberals have almost completely ceded the ground of evangelism to evangelicals, most of whom practice a form of evangelistic cultural colonialism. That is why I call them Evangelical Nationalists. The abuse Evangelical Nationalists heap on individuals is horrific and only getting worse. We need a helluva lot more evangelism happening from people who follow the biblical Jesus; our evangelism needs to shift from “winning people to Jesus” to rescuing people from the North American Church. Here is why we need a shift in evangelism.

A Family for Every Child

A Family for Every Child

There is another important area to fight discrimination against the LGBTQ community and that is allowing state adoption and foster care agencies that receive taxpayer funds, but yet, to discriminate against LGBT families and non-evangelical Christian families. This issue has been creeping up in numerous states as Evangelical Nationalists are getting the green light from this administration to discriminate against LGBTQ people at will.

When I Left the Evangelical Pro-"Life" Movement Behind

When I Left the Evangelical Pro-"Life" Movement Behind

The ironic thing is that if evangelicals I had known would have committed themselves to stopping illegal wars; if they would have focused on welcoming refugees and immigrants, if they would have sought restorative justice rather than retributive justice, if they would have wanted everyone to have access to affordable health care and a living wage, then I would still be an evangelical today. But they didn’t and I am not.

Review of Women Rise Up

Review of Women Rise Up

I just finished Katey Zeh’s book, Women Rise Up, and it is an important and timely book that should be read by everyone reading this (and more!). Like an excellent guide, Katey walks with us through both the Old and New Testaments and points out the many stories where women figure prominently. I am usually not big on reading theological books, but this is truly an excellent read and so very challenging.

Kingdom Dreams and Violent Realities, 3 Week Bible Study on Micah 4:1-4

Kingdom Dreams and Violent Realities, 3 Week Bible Study on Micah 4:1-4

I wrote this back in 2014 and have updated it. The three weeks include biblical reflection, contextual reflection, stories, and discussion questions. For a downloadable copy email me at Bill@figtreerevolution.com. If repentance from attempting to bring about our own self-preservation through violence is to start anywhere, it should start with the church.