Social Justice U

The first presidential debate of 2016 was held at Hofstra University. The leadership at Hofstra, with all the problems this nation faces, was very concerned about – hurt feelings – the possibility that students might suffer emotional distress from hearing ideas that might challenge their thinking, or hear words that might scare them. They went so far as to post a “Trigger Warning” sign, to warn students that they may hear language which may trigger … Continue reading

The Art of Manipulation

Why do you believe what you believe? Why do you behave the way you behave? Peer pressure has a dramatic impact on social conformity. Human beings are quite susceptible to “group behavior,” and have an almost overwhelming desire to imitate the group they are a part of without even questioning why. As I watched the above video this week, I was reminded through this demonstration of the great power of conformity. A young woman … Continue reading

Always Outsiders

Those of us who have gone to seminary will tell you there nothing like graduating from seminary to ruin your church going experience. This goes double for taking classes in biblical interpretation. Having had the mantra “context, context, context” drilled into your skull by a venerable professor, you just can’t help but harp on it. Recently I was in a Sunday School class and the topic was being a disciple. Matthew 10:39 was the verse … Continue reading

Whither Goes Middle America?

OK friends, the 2016 Presidential election season is in full swing. It is an odd one, that’s for sure. As Brit Hume from FOX said, each candidate’s high negatives with certain blocks of voters is the other’s best hope. The pundits and talking heads spend endless hours analyzing and pontificating on who will win and why, which demographic is the most important at any given moment and what each candidate needs to do to gain … Continue reading

God Made Them That Way

When we initially commented on Suzanne DeWitt Hall’s HuffPo blog,  “Jesus: The First Transgender Man” with “Jesus Transgendered?” we had no expectation that anyone from the Huffington Post would read much less respond to our thoughts. To our surprise Suzanne DeWitt Hall did both, informing us that she did a follow up to her original piece, titled “Christians Turn Love into a Four-Letter Word”, in which she included hateful comments she had received from some … Continue reading

The Christian Duty to Lament

  I was going to write something snarky today but then this happened. 50 people are dead. 50 people God loved fiercely are dead including one Omar Mateen. So no snark today. There is little doubt that people will express their anger, disbelief, and sorrow on facebook. There is even less doubt that pundits and politicians will claim they know how to fix things in the coming days. But what are ordinary Christians to do … Continue reading