Flags in the Sanctuary

Flags in the Sanctuary

Further, whether a church has a US flag in the sanctuary or not does not address some of the deeper issues associated with nationalism and service to the state. I do not want to give too much credit to churches that do the simple (remove a US flag from the sanctuary) and virtually ignore the more difficult task of addressing our essential loyalties and allegiances which can either buttress or undermine the sin of nationalism

A Weird Place

A Weird Place

In the current age of political entrenchment it is easy for liberals to immediately jump to the side of Christopher Wray and the FBI and vigorously defend both. But, to be fully honest, this has to feel a little odd, especially considering the less than stellar history of the FBI. In fact, when Democrats and others become outraged that trump is politicizing the FBI their outrage rings a little hollow.

Because We All Need a Little Amnesty

Because We All Need a Little Amnesty

Amnesty is usually given because we know and like the people who receive it. We even talk about how amnesty is given because the recipients have “earned” it. But how do you “earn” something that is freely given? If you “earn” it, then it’s not amnesty; it’s a form of compensation. We grant amnesty to people we know and like and we withhold it from people we do not know or we do not like.

For Those Crushed by Those "Committed" to Justice

For Those Crushed by Those "Committed" to Justice

I am finding more and more that mistreating people, inveterate lying, placing the reputations of individuals and organizations far above the welfare of employees, and committing actions of blatant hypocrisy, misogyny, white privilege, and even sexual harassment is becoming the norm among those who love to publicly proclaim their commitment to the ideals of justice. 

Addressing the Vertical Nature of the Institutional Church

Addressing the Vertical Nature of the Institutional Church

There is literally a broken world that would love for you and I to dream new dreams, create new networks, and raise up new leaders this coming year. And rest assured, if United Methodists turn aside from this uncharted and holy mission, God will certainly find others to walk forward. In many ways, God already is. 

Advent for Those Living Under State-Sponsored Terror, Week 4

Advent for Those Living Under State-Sponsored Terror, Week 4

Advent is the time for followers of Jesus to wait with eager anticipation for the birth of the Messiah. For many of our immigrant sisters and brothers, the hope of Advent exists only in so far as they know that there are many others who stand in solidarity with them advocating for justice.

The Christmas Story for Migrants Today

The Christmas Story for Migrants Today

The story of Jesus’ birth still carries a strong message for the United States today; that providing hospitality to those who most need it can being unexpected blessings. It also parallels much of our national context today when the ruling authorities, threatened by the mere presence of Jesus as a baby, crack down with overwhelming power, far beyond what was necessary.

Advent for Those Living Under State-Sponsored Terror, Week 2

Advent for Those Living Under State-Sponsored Terror, Week 2

Advent is the time for followers of Jesus to wait with eager anticipation for the birth of the Messiah. For many of our immigrant sisters and brothers, the hope of Advent exists only in so far as they know that there are many others who stand in solidarity with them advocating for justice.

The Justice We Seek

The Justice We Seek

My approval of the Mueller investigation is that I know the more political space being devoted to these investigations and their immense political fallout means that there is less space being given to codify the harm this administration seems hell bent on causing people. But I also find myself wondering to what end are all of these investigations coming to. Is it faithful, as a follower of Jesus, to hope for significant jail time for trump or the members of his cabinet or campaign team? 

Advent for Those Living Under State-Sponsored Terror, Week 1

Advent for Those Living Under State-Sponsored Terror, Week 1

Advent is the time for followers of Jesus to wait with eager anticipation for the birth of the Messiah. For many of our immigrant sisters and brothers, the hope of Advent exists only in so far as they know that there are many others who stand in solidarity with them advocating for justice.

What We are Thankful For

What We are Thankful For

One year ago we, like you I am sure, were still reeling from the image of donald trump in the presidency. And one year in one thing we know is that the reality of him in the Oval Office is far worse than any of us could have ever imagined. But still, in the face of the most horrendous leaders to ever sit in the presidency of this or any other country, I am so thankful that all of us has countered his every step.