Showing posts from January, 2016

Reading Schedule for God's Politics

A few weeks ago I shared that I will lead a special Lenten study at Custer Road beginning February 10. As we have a presidential election this year-- the Iowa caucuses are next Monday -- it seems like everyone is wondering how Christians will vote (as if we all vote for the same person). Donald Trump just tweeted this:

Great honor- Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr. of Liberty University, one of the most respected religious leaders in our nation, has just endorsed me! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2016
Or check this out:
Why is Trump winning over Christian conservatives? @aaltman82 and I take a look: — Elizabeth Dias (@elizabethjdias) January 22, 2016

(No, I am not endorsing Donald Trump; these just showed up in my timeline as I was writing this.)

Rev Jim Wallis wrote God's Politics nearly a decade ago, but the relationship between politics and faith is as vital as ever. So let's discuss it. Not in a way to endorse one candidate or another; but t…

Miscarriages of Justice

For four days, December 30-January 2, I was alone here in North Texas; Christy and the boys remained in Bay City for more time with family. I returned early to preside at a wedding and preach January 3 at Lectio. I knew of this extended time alone for a long time, so I made preparations for entertainment: HBO was going to re-air the entire Game of Thrones series. I binge-watched it last Spring before the new season began in April 2015, so I thought I would go through again. I watched Season 1, but then quit at the beginning of Season 2. I had heard of two new Netflix series I wanted to watch, Jessica Jones, a Marvel series, and the documentary Making a Murderer. I added both to my queue and began with Jessica Jones. I really enjoyed Daredevil from earlier in 2015, but, so far at least, JJ isn't up to that level. I've started and stopped a couple of times. I still have about an episode and a half to go. Regardless of how it ends, it would have been a much more effective experie…

God's Politics-- a Study for Lent

In case you haven’t noticed, 2016 is an election year. To illustrate how long our electoral process takes, several Republicans and Democrats quit the race for the White House more than a year before the election! It makes my head hurt. Any observer of our process, from the most plugged in political junkie to the one who votes only out of a sense of civic duty, would say our system is broken, if not toxic. And things only get more complicated when faith enters the equation.
But what if there was another way? What if we could learn to approach politics from a Christian, rather than a political, perspective? When I wrote my doctoral thesis several years ago, I focused on preaching on “hot button issues.” One of the best resources I incorporated was God’s Politics by Jim Wallis. In a non-threatening, non-hostile way, Wallis explores the relationship between politics and Christian faith, and I’d like to invite you join in the discussion during the Season of Lent.
“Sounds great,” you may s…