It’s hard to wrap our minds around how diametrically opposed Americans are politically and culturally. It often feels quite literally like we are living in different realities from each other, perceiving events so distinctly that it’s as if we’re on separate worlds. And this phenomenon isn’t limited to the U.S. – most Western democracies are […]Read More Why are we so divided? It’s about identity
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” – St. Augustine, Confessions “All of you who were baptized into Christ have put on the family likeness of Christ. Gone is the distinction between Jew and Greek, slave and free man, male and female – you […]Read More The idolatry and slavery of identity
People are funny. We identify strongly with groups and are quick to be defensive about ourselves or others in the groups we belong to. We’re so oriented to this way of thinking that there’s even a phrase describing it (“groupthink”), and we learn to interpret communication according to often subconscious queues that are understood in […]Read More What’s the big deal about white privilege?
The Christianity practiced by the American Church has made it largely impotent and a shadow of what it is supposed to be. Lord, where to even begin? I guess the first place is to note that, while this critique is aimed primarily at the White American Church, there is no version that is blameless and, […]Read More Why the American Church is failing
The seasons of Advent and Christmas are my favorite times of year when I let them be. I’m pretty much a grump by nature, so the joy of the holiday season doesn’t come naturally to me. My mood beginning in late October and early November is one of fussiness, because it is then that I […]Read More Why we need Christmas
Many of you who need to read this probably won’t because you’ve judged and labeled me as something that allows you to justify ignoring me, probably “liberal” or some other similar term. I’m not, but that’s what people do in order to avoid things they don’t understand, don’t agree with, or otherwise fail to properly […]Read More Too many Christians are voting out of fear and ignorance
I’m a Republican. I’m a conservative in the classical sense of the word, meaning I think it prudent to be thoughtful and cautious about change. Other than that, though, I share nothing in common with the current Republican Party. I’m a Christian above all else and readily recognize that Jesus has damning critiques for both […]Read More A guide to the 2020 presidential election