Forgiveness—What Is Possible? What Is Demanded?

By | February 20, 2016

I heard a story on NPR the other day. Seems that in Maryland there’s a push to review the sentences of those who were convicted of murder in the last 40 years based upon the Unger decision. Several people who were affected by these murders—being the family and friends and co-workers—were asked for their thoughts.… Read More »

Remarks to the Muslim Association of Snoqualmie Ridge

By | January 29, 2016

Back in November of 2015, Washington State Representative Jay Rodne (R-05) made some inflammatory remarks about Muslims and Sharia law, leading to many ugly statements from others in the community expressing their own ignorance and hatred. In response, the Muslims in our community of Snoqualmie and North Bend came together in a community open house… Read More »

Staying the Course

By | January 11, 2016

Conservatives love to trot out Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell because they are Black Thinkers. To be fair, Williams and Sowell are both well-educated, worthy scholars, have great integrity in their viewpoints, and individualistic in their approaches to their fields of study–but just as you can’t say that Van Jones represents all black American thinking… Read More »

Between the World and Me: a Review

By | December 8, 2015

Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates 163 pages Spiegel & Grau, July 14, 2015 So this is a beautiful, phenomenal, hard-to-read, engrossing, painful, tender, honest, raw, careful book. It is a letter penned to the author’s son about what life is for Americans, when said Americans are Americans-on-probation, Americans who are not really… Read More »

We Americans and Our Violence

By | December 5, 2015

Someone posted recently that “we Americans” demanded that Muslims in America speak out against violence because “we Americans” were terrified of them here in America. My response: Speaking as a Christ-follower, I see “my people” hiding in plain sight and attacking Americans and American soil. I see Dylann Roof and Robert Dear, both people in… Read More »

Who Are the Good Guys and Who Are the Bad Guys

By | December 4, 2015

Are all Muslims terrorists? Are any Christians terrorists? There are somewheres around 2B Christians in the world, and 1.2B Muslims. There are perhaps around 1B Hindus and maybe the same number of Buddhists. Sikhs, Jainists, Animists, Jews, various “pagan” religions, and non-religious or agnostic round out the rest. There is no litmus test to be… Read More »

Paris, Beirut, Japan, Kenya,…

By | November 15, 2015

It’s been a world of hurt lately, and yet it always is. It is always true that the poor are with us, that evil men and women plot against us to do us harm, from the personal level to the national. We can be fearful and aggressive and return hate for hate, fire for fire,… Read More »

Do I Have Privilege?

By | November 3, 2015

The short answer is “Yes.” The longer answer is more nuanced, because of course I don’t see or experience my privilege. It just is, because I live in a society and culture that by default caters to me and my own identity and my own sense of belonging here. There is a great paper written… Read More »