Religious Manipulation in the Political Arena

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I have held my tongue for a very long time in commenting on something I believe is grievous within the evangelical church of America. But today I came across a 5,000+ word article written by evangelical theologian, Wayne Grudem, and it pushed me over the edge.

The article is entitled, “Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice.” Yes, just let that title sit there for a moment.

In it, Grudem lists a plethora (and I mean a plethora!) of reasons why Christians should vote for Donald Trump. More specifically, as the article title asserts, to vote for Trump is the morally good choice.

Hang with me for a moment as I process a couple of things, though not for 5,000+ words! Continue reading

The Sports Dollar: What We, Fans, Don’t Want to Hear

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It’s a specific time of year. No, I do not speak of Independence Day, nor of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, though these are all events happening this July. I speak of NBA summer trade deals currently going on.

Here is the crazy thing, at least for me: I’m reading about folk who are not “superstars” but are getting signed for close to $30 million a year! Not a four- or five-year contract for that much, but being paid that much over a period of twelve months. One person being paid that much money in one year – superstar or not – is mind boggling!

[Update: The whole sporting world finally heard from Kevin Durant who has decided to take his game to Golden State making a cool $54.3 million over the next two years.]

I’ve actually been wanting to do this for some time now. Reading about recent trade deals has propelled me to do so. Continue reading

Misunderstanding Jesus: If You Don’t Have a Sword, Sell Your Cloak and Buy One

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There’s much talk these days (and these decades) about second amendment rights in the U.S., the particular amendment that focuses on the right to bear arms. For those Christians who champion this right, one obvious goal is to find biblical support for the claim.

Many times, there is a naive perspective floating around that says something like this: “God said it; I believe it; that settles it.” If God “said it” in his word (the keyword being “it,” referring to bearing arms), then we are now authorized to practice it.

One of the main go-to Scripture passages for those who promote the private right to bear arms (and use those arms) is found in Jesus’ words in Luke 22: Continue reading

Decades Later, It’s the Same Ol’, Same Ol’

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Last year, I shared a brief story, one that I believe speaks into our situation as Christians who live in America.

My boys love dinosaurs. And that’s an understatement, to say the least! I’ve actually learned more about dinosaurs from my 6-year old than I did in elementary school, probably due to the fact that there is so much more knowledge available 25-30 years later. But he has much knowledge to pass along about the Styracosaurus or Rebbachisaurus or Yangchuanosaurus! It’s truly amazing. Continue reading

The Political State of Affairs

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I can’t believe I’m doing this. I really can’t. Outside of a few vague posts on social media, I have stayed completely out of making any comments about the American political situation leading into the 2016 election for the next President of the United States of America.

But, alas.

I’ve been [primarily internally] chewing on thoughts for some months now and, so, I decided to offer some reflections up to this point. I offer these thoughts not as an expert. Good gracious, no! But I do offer it by hopefully adding a little different flavor to the mix. I share these thoughts as one who has stepped outside the American context and watched it from abroad, having lived in Europe (the UK and Belgium) for 8+ years, as well as being married to a beautiful Brit. Continue reading