Dolezal & Jenner

June 18, 2015 at 8:22 pm

By now most of America has heard the bizarre story of Rachel Dolezal. The previous NAACP leader in Spokane, Washington and professor of Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University has been skewered in the last week after revelations surfaced that her public identity as a black female was a sham. Fresh […]

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 […]

Thy Kingdom Come

June 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm

It’s 6:00 am on a Saturday morning and the people from the village have gathered to pray. Not trite prayers, not little prayers, but prayers of power, prayers of deliverance, prayers of confession and prayers of tears. I shuffle in among them and I am handed a small shard of […]

“You’re My Sin-Eater”

May 29, 2015 at 12:26 pm

“I am a sin-eater. I absorb the misdeeds of others, darkening my soul to keep theirs pure.” So confesses Raymond Reddington (played by James Spader) in the season two finale of the NBC show Blacklist. For those already devoted to the series, this piece will offer no spoilers. For those […]

Isaac: A Theology of Sacrifice

June 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Abraham was sure he had heard the promise descend out of the sky, straight from God himself. It was the promise of a son. It was the promise that ancient loins would still bring forth life and barren wombs would finally produce lineage. It was the promise of legacy and […]

Farewell Sybil

January 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm

This week America mourns the loss of a dear British friend of ours. While there are a number of impatient folks who heard the news much earlier than the rest of us, for many, Sunday night brought the final moments of Sybil Grantham’s young life into our living room. If […]

Generational Sin

November 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm

In the days and weeks surrounding the holidays I am always reminded of a theological truth known as “generational sin.” The phrase itself sounds rather archaic, medieval even. The notion that the sins of future generations trickle down to fall squarely on the shoulders of proceeding generations sounds more like […]