Today is Easter, my favorite holiday. As I celebrate the freedom that Jesus bought for me, I am mindful of the many people that are displaced, enslaved, imprisoned, addicted, and in many other ways not free. What am I to do? That question is the very purpose of this blog, but it’s insufficient without also … More Why Am I To Do?
Carlos looked hard into his son’s eyes, noting that they looked like the deep brown of rich soil. Those precious eyes that he had tried every day to make sure knew nothing but hope were now fretful and unsure whether to be sad or scared. He saw himself in his son. A sensitive boy … More Sé Valiente
In a day and age of stinging rhetoric, commercialized fear, and alternative facts, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the counter conversation that is taking place. The main point of the conversation? Jesus loves people. All people. We are to love people. All people. Even if it’s risky. People are speaking up for the voiceless and … More The Counter Conversation
My friend gathered with her extended family as they often would for dinner. Given the controversial political moves since President Trump’s inauguration, however, the conversation naturally turned political. “Well, we had to vote for Trump,” said one relative matter of factly. Incredulously, my friend asked her why. “Because we are Christian,” she said in all … More Trump, the Christian Vote?
President Trump is undeniably a successful business man. He knows how to negotiate and how to use the law for the benefit of his bottom line. Those can be great assets to our government, which is one of the main reasons he was a popular candidate. People wanted a change in how our government was … More Is America A Nation or a Business?
A comment that I received on the Not the American Christian, but a Follower of Jesus article had some questions in it that demanded a thoughtful response, and since this blog is about processing politics in light of people, I thought it might be helpful to devote an article to those questions. The reader made … More Where Were Our Voices Then?
So while it seems a small act, one thing I will do is say that if American Christianity finds the Executive Order to ban refugees to be an act that pleases God and shows the love of Jesus to His people—if this has become a Christian thing because our president claims to be Christian—then I must find another title for myself. … More Not the American Christian, but A Follower of Jesus
I made my first political call ever!
Probably for most of you, this is not a big deal, but for me it was a little victory. I have never been a phone person, nor have I kept up well with the political conversation of the day. To put the two together… forget it. … More I Took A Small Step
So if you have been hurt by the church, if you have been bullied, overlooked, or oppressed by Christians, if you have only ever known the bombastic Jesus that commercial and political Christianity has advertised, then please accept my apology. … More Apology From A Republican Christian
The flight attendant did not look into my eyes when he spoke. “He said you are not allowed to step on American soil.” He paused, swallowing, and finally dared to lift his eyes to mine. They were kind and watering. “You are to return to Syria immediately and indefinitely.” … More It’s Somebody’s Story (a work of fiction)