What To Do with Romans 13

What To Do with Romans 13

So, what do we do with this very troubling chapter Paul's letter to the church in Rome? We do have to admit that AG Beauregard is correct, Paul does encourage the Christians in Rome in verse one to be subject to ruling authorities. But let us do better that Beauregard and his evangelical Methodist leaders who discipled him and let's look briefly at the context of this letter and this passage.  

Why the U.S.-North Korea Summit Failed Before It Ever Started

Why the U.S.-North Korea Summit Failed Before It Ever Started

The media has built up the summit between he and Kim Jung Un as the greatest meeting ever between two people. It is, of course, significant. Rarely do we see two dictators come together on such a world stage. The handshake was staged perfectly for prime time while the news anchors whispered and analyzed every aspect like it was The Masters golf tournament. But this summit will fail not for what they will discuss, but for what they will completely ignore. 

Reflections on the Prophets: Amos 1

Reflections on the Prophets: Amos 1

God is not just God of Israel. God is God of the universe. God has created all countries and all cultures. As such, all nations must uphold the dignity and integrity of all people. God's sovereignty comes from God's role as Creator of the universe and allows God the right to be the ultimate judge of all nations, regardless of who they are, who they worship, or what their belief systems are. 

Samantha Bee Was Right

Samantha Bee Was Right

Progressives so easily turn into the Debbie Downer police that we get distracted from the fact that what Samantha Bee was talking about when she called Ivanka Trump a name is actually still happening! So distracted by schoolyard names, how quickly we forget that Bee was talking about the inhumane policy of the trump administration separating families who cross the border without necessary papers. And this is what matters y'all.

A Conservative Disease

A Conservative Disease

The day after the furor of Roseanne's racist tweets and her show being cancelled as a result, she once again took to Twitter and offered up a whole host of defenses; some from her and others she retweeted. After she apologized yesterday for one of the racist tweets she has posted, apparently, her apology was solely directed not towards making amends, but to save her job. When it didn't do the trick, she has now switched back to comfortable ground for conservatives who do something wrong: blame everyone but themselves. 

Your Jesus or Mine: Why I am not "Reclaiming Jesus"

Your Jesus or Mine: Why I am not "Reclaiming Jesus"

So, you would think, given my past distaste with how the evangelical movement co-opted Jesus for their own political, social, and cultural ends (and for the distinct economic advantage of corporate America), that I would be in favor of something that was recently begun by the evangelical group, Sojourners called Reclaiming Jesus. I am not. 

Reflections on the Prophets: Jonah 4

Reflections on the Prophets: Jonah 4

Simply put, you cannot be America First and a follow of Jesus at the same time. You just can't. God desired not only to save the people (and the animals too!) of Nineveh, God wanted to save Jonah. God wants not only to save the world today. God wants desperately to save the United States for we are lost, especially when so many of those who so lavishly and loudly claim to follow God also cry "America First!"

Confessions of a Deserter

Confessions of a Deserter

I have watched all of what is happening in the United Methodist Church from the safe confines of the sidelines and I have felt deeply troubled. I was troubled not only for the deep pain that continues to be inflicted on many people I care about and deeply respect. But even more, I felt troubled because even though I had left the church I still felt responsible for what was happening; for the pain that was being caused. 

Michelle Wolf and the Debbie Downer Police

Michelle Wolf and the Debbie Downer Police

Who are the Debbie Downer Police? I am talking people who are so in favor of maintaining the status quo, who are so opposed to institutional transparency and honesty that they will do everything they can to squash cutting or sarcastic humor. Indeed, it has always been a sarcastic sense of humor that has exposed darkness and has shed light on systemic injustice or marginalization. I am talking about humor that makes us laugh while also creating a space for liberating new perspectives.

Reflecting on the Prophets: Jonah 3

Reflecting on the Prophets: Jonah 3

This all seems so random. Just walking into a city and yelling something that is quite alarming, but without any context or ascribed call to change and then to get the response described here means the people of Nineveh, along with their king, were either very easily induced into following random town criers,or something was happening among the people of Nineveh that had prepared them for Jonah's proclamation. 

My Letter to Mike Pompeo's Pastor

My Letter to Mike Pompeo's Pastor

The pastor of Mike Pompeo wrote a letter to his congregation saying that Mike is opposed in his Senate confirmation to become Secretary of State by "enemies because of his faith." Mike Pompeo has made anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant statements and those of who oppose him do so, largely, out of our desire to be faithful to the gospel. Here is my letter to his pastor.