“And I submit that nothing will be done until people of good will put their bodies and their souls in motion. And it will be the kind of soul force brought into being as a result of this confrontation that I believe will make the difference. Yes, it will be a poor people’s campaign. This is is the question facing America. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. America has not met its obligation and its responsibilities to the poor.Continue reading “The work still to be done”
Last week Christianity Today posted an editorial calling for the removal of the president. Well, a lot has happened since then. It got Trump’s ire in some tweets and then some responses from the “right” and the “left.”Continue reading “The follow up on Christianity Today’s editorial”
A few articles over the past few weeks have helped me tamp down my desire to talk about how “bad” things are in America. The book, The End of Hunger, also helped keep perspective.
The reality of our lives is this: gloom and impending doom sells. It motivates us when good news won’t get it done. We create our own apocalypse.Continue reading “We create our own apocalypse”
Barack Obama had a few words on being “woke” and the danger of the “call out” culture.
Mark Zuckerberg was testifying again on Capitol Hill about Facebook ads and “truth.”
This gets into the area of “free speech” and “fake news” and “false advertising” and at the end of it all we have a mess. But it’s not the mess Mark Zuckerberg created.Continue reading “Zuckerberg, Facebook, and “truth””
When I say the word “justice” I found in the past that move evangelicals hearing it would by default put the word “social” in front of it. Justice does indeed have a social aspect.Continue reading “Challenging listening by amazing Christian leaders”
There is a podcast I listen to on a fairly regular basis called “Pass the Mic.” It’s two younger black Christians, one working on his PhD in history and the other a pastor of a church, who reflect on theology and the issues around Black Christians in American society.Continue reading “The sound of grief”
If there is something I’ve tried to work on over the years, it would be a philosophy of a “whole life ethic.” It turns out there is a framework for that called “Consistent Life Ethic.” It is truly my life goal to say, “No one is more ‘pro-life’ than me outside of the pope.”Continue reading “Consistent Life Ethic”
We have tendencies to get people “slotted” into our categories so we decide quickly if they are “in” or “out” to us.Continue reading “Pushing labels, rejecting labels”
We may have heard these generalizations about the poor, or held them ourselves. (Or, still hold them.)
— They are lazy and uneducated.
— They chose to be poor. They could pick themselves up by their bootstraps and get out of it if they really wanted.
— The poor are the government’s responsibility.
— It’s their own fault they are poor.