September's Books (just pick 1) Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims by Daniel Hyde Reformed Theology by R. Michael Allen One thing I appreciate about my church is that we don't wear our labels on our sleeve. That does mean, however, that a lot of people can go to our church for quite a … Continue reading September Book Club: What IS Reformed Theology, anyway?
August's Book Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion & the Problem of Race in America by Michael Emerson & Christian Smith Last night's book discussion went really well, and it makes me even more excited for this month's meeting. For my church's monthly Theology Book Club, I'm excited to have us read an especially timely and important … Continue reading August Book Club on Christianity & Race: “Divided by Faith” by Emerson & Smith
I think I found the bright side to Donald Trump. This election has left Conservatism as the only political philosophy not really represented. Even the Bernie Bros have a lot of their biggest concerns represented in the newly minted Democratic Party platform. But real Conservatives? Who speaks for them? I (and others) am starting to think it's the Democratic Party. … Continue reading Is the Democratic Party the New Home for Conservatives?
The hardest thing about writing anything about politics (or religion, for that matter) is not having someone write you off immediately by placing you into one of the Right-Left boxes that dominate our national discussion. I am really not a liberal progressive. I have voted Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, and even Green Party. In 2008 I … Continue reading On the Trump Convention Speech: We are better than this
Last week I led a prayer service of lament at my church for the racial injustice and violence experienced in our country. I put together the below order for the prayer service and it ended up being a helpful expression for us. I wanted to share this with anyone else interested in using it in their own … Continue reading A Prayer Service of Lament for Race & Injustice
The past few weeks (heck, the past several years) have exposed so many fissures in the fabric of American society. It has shown how power, politics, and the invisible structures and systems around us have attempted to paper over real divisions that still remain. Last week, especially, showed us how these divisions can overflow into … Continue reading Philly TONIGHT: A Prayer Service of Lament for Race & Injustice
As I prepare for ordination in the Reformed Church in America, I am wrestling with the documents, Creeds, and Confessions to which I will be committing myself. I invite you to reflect alongside me. In the Belgic Confession, one of the most foundational documents of the Reformed tradition, there is an incredibly odd Article towards the end--number 36. It is about … Continue reading The Belgic Confession: Church, State, & Reformation
Ran across this when looking at some Ancient Commentaries on John 21, and thought it was hilarious. I first thought that Gregory must have been Feelin' the Bern, but then I wondered if this sounded more like the whole "abolish the IRS" crowd. What do you think? We know that Peter was a fisherman, whereas … Continue reading Does this mean Gregory the Great would have supported Bernie or Cruz?
I really liked Carly Fiorina when she was running for President. I admit: even though I voted for Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, Fiorina would have been one of my top choices early on in the campaign. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's confusing, I know. Anyway, a friend of mine who knew this was the case asked … Continue reading Cruz/Fiorina ’16: A Marriage of Convenience, For One
At this point it is a cliché to point out the brokenness of the American political system. In the past eight years, we have seen the least productive Congressional sessions in our country's history, and have watched as even the most routine political acts are turned into controversial sideshows. What we need is not ideology, … Continue reading The Moderate We Need: Why I’m voting for Bernie Sanders in PA
Young Adult Homelessness is a really important issue we would do well not to miss. It’s one of the next great battles in caring for those in need.
According to a recent federal report (PDF here), there were nearly 40,000 unaccompanied homeless youth on a single night in 2015, 87% of which between the ages of 18 and 24. The National Alliance to End Homelessness expects that this is a significant undercount and estimates that in a year there are 550,000 unaccompanied youth and young adults who are homeless for more than one week. Vulnerable young people – especially those transitioning from foster care, juvenile justice, and residential treatment – comprise one of the fastest-growing demographics in homelessness.
The reality is even harder for certain subpopulations within this group. Every year, an estimated 1,000 young adults age out of the foster care system in Pennsylvania. These emancipated young adults face a number of challenges during the transition to adulthood, with housing stability being among the greatest. We also know that LGBTQ-identified young adults are experiencing homelessness at an alarmingly…
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One of the smartest and funniest women at my church, Alyssa, has this great blog you should all follow. In it, her observations on life, cities, and spirituality are whip smart and hilarious. Several weeks ago, she put up a post asking "Is Trump America's Lent?" She writes: For the purposes of this argument, let’s … Continue reading American Lent in the Season of Trump
This Advent, we're meditating on the idea of Hope by looking at quotes from Christians and talking about what they might say about our Advent Hope. "It is precisely because the Christian hopes for the ultimate and definitive, that she also hopes for the temporal and provisional. Precisely because she hopes with joy for the dawn … Continue reading Terror, Rage, Hope & Christmas Lights
This is the dedicated post page for the Advent series "Advent and...". In it, we looked at the various ways Advent connects to seemingly unrelated parts of our life and existence. Welcome to Advent, 2012. This was the series introduction. I looked at how Advent speaks to our whole selves, including a whole host of "un-Christmas-y" kinds … Continue reading Advent and… (the series)
“I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted … Continue reading Worse than the Klan: MLK on White “Moderates” discouraging Black Action