Reading Time: 2 minutes Religious liberty under girds the Baptist tradition. It’s one of the reasons the English Separatists pulled away from the Anglican Church and started something new. People are free to believe … Continue reading A Pandemic, Elections, & Religious Liberty
Reading Time: 2 minutes Last week, Elmo and his father Louie discussed racism. I saw the following clip here: Elmo does not understand the protest, and his father explains that “a protest is when … Continue reading Elmo Teaches about Racism
Reading Time: 2 minutes When you hear the phrase, “Black lives matter,” what do you think? A few years ago, it seemed controversial, as if it showed preference for one group over another. Some … Continue reading #BlackLivesMatter & the Monday Protest Outside My Church
Reading Time: 4 minutes During a global pandemic and recession with 14.7% unemployment in the U.S., another white police officer killed an unarmed black man. This does not mean all police officers are racist … Continue reading What do we say in this moment?
Reading Time: 3 minutes We were finishing our dinner this evening when my phone chimed a news alert. The AP app said, “President Trump says he will deploy military unless states halt violent protests … Continue reading Speaking Truth in Love: “Mr. President, listen.”
Reading Time: 4 minutes My heart broke again this week when another police officer killed another unarmed black man. A police officer kneeled on George Floyd’s neck and he died. He didn’t have to … Continue reading Glorifying Violence Violates the Love of Christ
Reading Time: < 1 minute Will our response to this pandemic unite or further divide us? In 2017, I was near the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. By “near,” I mean that I … Continue reading Crossing the lines we draw
Reading Time: 3 minutes Wherever people gather, evil follows. This is not some outside force. This is not a cartoonish devil or demon trying dissuade people from following their purest desires. We bring evil … Continue reading Zoombombing: Darkness, Fear, & Light During a Pandemic
Reading Time: 3 minutes The onslaught of news about COVID-19 is accelerating. FOMO (fear-of-missing-out) challenges any attempts to create social distancing between me and the news. I turn off the news and a few … Continue reading “Be still, & know that I am God!” A Coronavirus Reflection
Reading Time: 2 minutes Do not be afraid. Do something. How many times does the Bible say, “Fear not”? Isaiah 41.10, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you…” Genesis 15.1, “Do not … Continue reading Should We Fear COVID-19?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Recently, a friend shared a post about a political rally on social media. I started to read the post. Then, I thought about the verse about “edifying talk” from Ephesians … Continue reading Political Rally vs. Worship Services
Reading Time: 2 minutes Ludwig Wittgenstein was an Austrian-British philosopher of language. He once said, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” That is, your world and your knowledge are … Continue reading Wittgenstein & the Democratic Debate