Category Archives: Life Recovery Skills

How a Straight White Christian Male Should Vote

By | November 1, 2016

White Christian man, and I voted today. Neither candidate would harm me if elected. My taxes will either stay the same or go down. I will always have a voice in society. But my friends—women, gays, people of color, immigrants, Muslims—world be incredibly harmed by the actions and policies of one candidate but not the… Read More »

On Empathy

By | September 23, 2016

Some helpful techniques and guidance about how to listen when people tell you something about themselves. It’s called empathy: When someone speaks of their experience, pain, or situation, empathy is to listen, and then to walk or sit with them. Often when people tell you of a painful event they aren’t asking for your own… Read More »

Choosing Among Kaepernick, Sherman, Wilson, Newton, Marshall, and Others

By | September 11, 2016

Recently Colin Kaepernick has made a visible attempt to express his own evaluation of his person and his place in American society. Colin Kaepernick is black, and as a black American he is choosing to remain quietly seated or down on one knee when the national flag is displayed at the beginning of football games.… Read More »

Open Community Discussion: Racism and the American Experience

By | September 5, 2016

I’ll be hosting an open community discussion this fall, from September 14th through November 23, at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, on the topic of racism in America as it applies to the American church, and more broadly to the American experience. We’ll be using Dr. Drew Hart’s book as the starting point for the discussion.… Read More »

A Discussion About Race: Local Community Discussion in Fall City

By | June 27, 2016

There was an eloquent, impassioned, direct, and informed speech by Jesse Williams the other night at the BET Awards. I’ll quote here: “Peace. Peace. Thank you Debra. Thank you, Nate Parker. Thank you, Harry and Debbie Allen, for participating in that. Before we get into it, I just want to say I brought my parents… Read More »

America Is a Christian Nation: We Should Have Christian Laws

By | May 15, 2016

I have been hearing this lately with regards to transgender “rights” in American culture. (I put “rights” in quotes because the argument is being made that transgender people don’t have rights; they are somehow granted some special privilege to enjoy some aspects of normalcy, but it’s all provisional and can be taken away at any… Read More »

A Review of "Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism"

By | May 11, 2016

So this book is several things. One, it is a book of theology of the kingdom of the Messiah. Dr. Hart lays out the plans of God through Jesus Christ in instituting his kingdom, which is topsy-turvy: it is not power-based, it is not authority-based, it is not self-based. It is, instead, based upon love… Read More »