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Caroling Through Christmas: Joy is a Scandal, Not a Sentiment

Liturgical churches will start singing Christmas carols this Sunday. This blog series will theologically reflect on the hymns of the Christmas season. “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your...

Can We Stop Asking Minorities to Apologize?

Friday morning I awoke to a social media world filled with posts praising several Islamic leaders in the American south who had come forward and apologized for the shooting in Chattanooga yesterday. White Christians were so happy that Muslims were doing this, they couldn’t wait...

Turning the Other Cheek Doesn’t Mean Walking Away From a Fight

[caption id="attachment_480" align="alignright" width="300"] May 28, 1963. Woolworth's sit-in. Whites poured sugar, ketchup, and mustard on the heads of demonstrators.[/caption] Contrary to popular interpretation, Jesus’ teaching to “turn the other cheek” does not mean that God expects you to walk away from a fight. In fact,...

Why Pacifism is Complicated: I Get Why You Don’t Get It

[caption id="attachment_473" align="alignleft" width="300"] Happy Flight, art by Joseph Griffith.[/caption] I catch a lot of flak for my theological stance on pacifism. I have given the greater part of my life to the study of Scripture, particularly the New Testament, and have settled on beliefs that...