Reclaiming Liberal

By | January 22, 2017

Recently I have been interacting with people who would conversate with me about various issues. Sometimes they are about politics or religion or race or sex. Sometimes they are contentious, talking about which football team is best or which way should the toilet paper hang from the roll—from the front, or from the back. And… Read More »

Naked, Partisan Politics: A Primer

By | January 21, 2017

I wrote this as a quick response to several white men criticizing the 2017 Women’s March on Washington who were arguing that the party of the left (the Democrats) should more fully embrace the plight of the “blue collar worker” & abandon the idea of intersectionality and allyship with people of color, women, the disabled,… Read More »

Taking the Next Step

By | January 20, 2017

I recently participated in a live video-conference discussing Dr. Hart’s book “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism (https://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Ive-Seen-Changing-Church/dp/1513800000). We had a class of disparate people of this country, representing (at least) three Christian faith communities, and we talked about the essentials of Dr. Hart’s book. I came away with great encouragement,… Read More »

Why Honor Dr. King?

By | January 16, 2017

Reposted from 2010,  2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.  I wrote this as a quick email in response to some scurrilous nonsense forwarded to me, nonsense written by a white Christian eager to point out to me that Dr. King was a flawed man, too flawed to be honored and acknowledged. N.B. 2016. I’ve… Read More »

The Non-Whiteness of Jesus

By | November 22, 2016

I got to thinking the other day about how we see Jesus and Jesus’ teachings expressed in the lives of his followers. And I began thinking about how hard it is to reconcile our Christian behavior with our Christ. Traditionally, orthodox Christianity means a religion centered around the Christ of the New Testament, where what… Read More »

I Don’t Feel Angry So I Can’t Be Racist

By | November 21, 2016

I run a community discussion open to all the residents in our area. I get a lot of people who come through, some only once or twice, and the biggest issue by far is being “called” a racist, because people (rightly, IMO) feel that being racist is bad. I never do call them racist. I… Read More »

So, This Is How It Happened

By | November 17, 2016

In which I relate the many interlocking steps leading to my aligning myself with all I once thought was opposed to God, flag, and country. In the past eight years I have made many changes, from the friends I hang around with, the method of church participation I act in, and the attention I pay… Read More »

Cost-Free American Evangelical Discipleship

By | November 14, 2016

American Evangelicals who went for Trump by a margin of >80% are in a quandary. Either they find a way to accommodate themselves to a man who is thoroughly odious and as unChristlike as you could be (but not so much that he didn’t get Evangelical  vote), or you must accommodate yourself to the fact… Read More »