Extraordinarily Clear #muslimban

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Just to be extraordinarily clear, a country has the sovereign right to close its borders to people it deems undesirable or dangerous. …

The swamp and the businessman

A parable: A real estate developer promises to drain an oversaturated property to increase its value. Absent scruples, this businessman fails to make the substantive changes that would allow the …

Church: We Are Donald Trump

By Benjamin Yosua-Davis I’ve been wondering about the utter impotence of the church in the face of the spiritual phenomenon of Donald Trump. Evangelicals flocked to him in droves. Progressive mainliners failed to …

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

The problem with Facebook is that it is a big mirror; a mirror with a financial incentive to tell us that we are beautiful. In this mirror we see the …

Simple advice from Jesus to a divided electorate

After months of negative campaigning, it is easy to understand our growing ability to talk past, around, and at each other. Unintended or not, each negative ad or talking point belittling Hillary …

The reasons matter…

When your new focus on discipleship is really just another strategy to grow your church, well, as Scripture says, “Jesus wept.” It isn’t that churches shouldn’t care about discipleship. They …

Real Christians should be thanking Donald Trump

When Khizr Khan spoke last week at the Democratic National Convention it was powerful. In a short and pointed speech, Khan poked a large hole in all the vitriol and bluster …

Lancing the boil of #UMC bigotry

big·ot·ry – noun – intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself. I must confess that I use the word bigotry with some reluctance. Too often people employ the …