Tag Archives: politics

Saving Pastor In from Deportation

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Each person should suffer the consequences for the mistakes they make. I’m going to guess that you hedged your bets. You likely didn’t say a straight-up true or a flat-out false. Perhaps your answer is like mine: “It depends.” For Vanna In, youth pastor at the North…

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The trouble is unnecessary

  E. L. Jorgenson in 1934 was in the throes of controversy surrounding a particular point of Biblical interpretation.  The controversy was deep and acute and touched him personally, as well as those he long worked with in building congregations, preaching, teaching, and writing.  He submitted this to his “Publisher’s Page” in the…

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From Judginess to Fruitfulness: When to Speak Out and When to Remain Silent

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about when, where, and how to speak out about social issues such as immigration, race, and religion in public discourse. Do I say something from the pulpit or does that make it a bully pulpit? Do I post stuff and fight the futile battle for moral high…

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The Day I Escaped My Bubble

Someone pointed me to a recent episode called “Bubble-Hopping” from the podcast Invisibilia. The focus was whether it’s possible to escape the bubbles we all invariably inhabit. The main part of the episode focused on Max, a tech industry employee in San Francisco. Max created an app to help him experience things he would…

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What Does It Mean to Have a King?

Our worship is loaded with royal language. We sing of thrones and majesty. We pray to the Lord. We speak of sovereignty. We bow our heads in reverence. But what does it mean to have a king? For most Americans, having a king means following the Windsor family of the U.K. as if they…

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Facebook Faith

The following is a sermon preached in ACU Graduate Chapel on February 1, 2017. — Sermon Texts: Isaiah 58:1-12, Matthew 5:13-20 Wow—the lectionary isn’t pulling any punches this week, is it? Sometimes I wonder what the leaders who were involved with the Consultation on Common Texts were thinking when they paired certain texts…

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The Real Reason and Remedy for a Divided Society

I have some bad news. In case you haven’t noticed, our country is a little divided. There are deep schisms along multiple fault lines. It’s heartland versus coast. It’s white collar versus blue. Our rifts take on political, economic, religious, ethnic, and even educational contours. I’m guessing you’ve taken note of these divisions.…

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Pick a Side

By simply watching the news or keeping up with current events, it becomes obvious that ours is a nation of dichotomies. From the very beginning our society has been divided into “for” and “against,” or “pro” and “anti” camps. My political science professor in college believed this to be a main reason why…

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