The revolution of mission

I am not saved simply to “go to heaven.” I am saved to understand I have been restored as an image bearer of God and there is a mission given… a human vocation. N.T. Wright: The “royal priesthood” is the company of rescued humans who, being part of “earth,” worship the God of heaven andContinue reading “The revolution of mission”

Good Friday — Judgment and Mercy

The cross of Christ is critical in the life of the believer. This year, it is a stark symbol for our time. We need to pay attention. The way of the Cross is the way of humiliation. Our God is not the vengeful, warrior God. He is not about “conquering” the way we think inContinue reading “Good Friday — Judgment and Mercy”

Leaving Evangelical spaces does not mean you’re leaving whiteness

Too often we get our minds set for objection when we hear something like “whiteness.” We get arguments ready, like, “I can’t help being born white.” We don’t stop to think through terms and so we choose to be offended and cut off everything that follows.

Evangelical reckoning

Staying silent does me no good. It is long past time for white evangelicals to call out injustice, bigotry, violent rhetoric, disparaging language, racism, misogyny, abuse of power, and the idolatry of Christian nationalism in their own communities, even if doing so comes at a cost. The cost of not doing so is undeniable, andContinue reading “Evangelical reckoning”

The need for help

“I never understood why going to church made you a hypocrite… because nobody goes to church because they’re perfect. If you’ve got it all together, you don’t need to go. You can go jogging with all the other perfect people on Sunday morning. Every time you go to church, you’re confessing again to yourself, toContinue reading “The need for help”

There is always a remnant

For years and years I have held to what I have called a “remnant theology.” I haven’t voiced it well, and I know my version of it may not match up with other thoughts. There is always a remnant. While we chase numbers and bigness, that is never a true measure of the Kingdom ofContinue reading “There is always a remnant”

The refusal of repentance

It’s probably an apocryphal story, but I do love it: According to a popular story that has circulated for a long time, a well known London newspaper in the early part of the twentieth century (usually stated to be The Times) asked the question “What is wrong with the world?” and received many replies. TheContinue reading “The refusal of repentance”