Thanksgiving in Prison

November 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm

“I am disappointed that I am so weak. I feel at the point of failure” The words repeated themselves several times throughout the letter, punctuated with additional confessions of panic attacks, depression, hopelessness, loneliness and fear.   The letter was sent from a fellow colleague in ministry, and had I not […]

Skittle or Brothers? The metaphors of Refugees

September 22, 2016 at 5:53 pm

The Trump campaign and twitter have been interesting bedfellows this election cycle. Most recently, it was Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr. who has caused the uproar. In a tweet sent earlier in the week, Trump, Jr. posted an image through which an analogy was drawn between refugees and a bowl […]

DELAYED

March 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm

I was trapped in the Atlanta airport last week during a sudden Nor’ Easter that crashed into the coast. Hours later, I was trapped in Charlotte. Arriving in Austin the next morning, I was delayed for two more hours at the car rental counter before collapsing into a cheap hotel […]

A Christmas Carol for Refugees

December 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm

As we enter into the season of Advent our family has chosen to return to the Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol for our bedtime reading. In many ways the story is so familiar that is scarcely needs any explanation. And yet, I have also found that the retelling (and retelling, and […]

Wise as Serpents

November 5, 2015 at 9:24 am

“If he is discovered, he will be executed.” The car was winding through Spanish hillsides covered with olive trees as far as the eye could see. The words slipped from the mouth of my driver casually, as if he was talking about the weather or his plans for the weekend. […]

Planned Parenthood & the Anatomy of Unbelief

October 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Earlier this week Republicans grilled Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards regarding the use of federal funding to perform abortions. During a heated congressional hearing Richards tried desperately to defend the indefensible. Despite her feeble attempts at half-truths, sidesteps and ambiguity Richards finally conceded under oath that when federal funds are […]

Egalitarian & Conservative?

June 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm

I was once a complementarian, but my views were formed in the isolation of a conservative Baptist church where I was never introduced to an alternative. Like many people who were born and raised in a similar environment, exclusively male leadership as a biblical and theological concept was never taught […]

Not Guilty

April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm

  In the summer of July, 2012 I packed into a minivan with two friends who were willing to endure over six hours of cinematic madness with me. It was the opening night of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the finale to Christopher Nolan’s wildly successful trilogy centering on the iconic […]

Whites in a Black History

February 5, 2015 at 3:00 am

     I am a middle-aged, white, evangelical protestant. I grew up in a middle-class family in New England and later attended a private Christian college and seminary. I work at a private Christian college today where there is not a single black faculty member. The number of black students […]

Hurtful Handouts

July 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

There were plenty of things interesting about President Obama’s trip to Africa last week. A black man standing in the place where people were once kidnapped from their tribal homes because of the color of their skin. A black President of a country that once held quite a bit of […]