coming to terms with history

Recently, an army of angry protesters descended on Grant Park in Chicago. Their protest would bring them into violent confrontation with the Chicago Police Department. The protest resulted in 18 police officers being sent to the hospital and 12 protesters being arrested. At least one protester claimed to be brutalized by the police in the … Continue reading coming to terms with history

two -isms shaping the pandemic: safetyism

A few weeks ago I was listening to a podcast out of Chicago. They were interviewing the director of the Lincoln Park Zoo. This is a wonderful zoo that I remember visiting several times growing up in Chicagoland. The director was talking about their plans to reopen the zoo after an extended period being closed … Continue reading two -isms shaping the pandemic: safetyism

two -isms shaping the pandemic: scientism

Things are weird. Last week, while on vacation with my family, we ate lunch at a burger restaurant in rural Wyoming. After ordering, I handed my credit card to the girl who was checking us out. She stared for a moment at my card, and then looking at me she said, "I need your verbal … Continue reading two -isms shaping the pandemic: scientism

a lament for giants

They left us. I'm not sure when. It may have happened even before I was born. I'm having a hard time remembering lately. But I do know that they once lived among us and now they are gone. Giants. There was a time when our nation, our world, was teeming with them. As giants tend … Continue reading a lament for giants

abortion and black lives matter

A couple of months ago, as the pandemic was beginning, there was a meme that I saw on social media probably dozens of times. I don't know how you feel about memes. I usually love the ones that try to make me laugh. I usually hate the ones that try to make me think. Memes … Continue reading abortion and black lives matter

religion and cancel culture

John Calvin famously called human nature an "idol factory." This seems to be self-evidently true. We are always creating for ourselves objects or ideas to venerate. If that's true, then it is also true that we are always creating for ourselves new religions. A religion, to put it very simply, is a set of beliefs … Continue reading religion and cancel culture

two perspectives on racism and what they need to hear from each other

Saying racism is "wrong" doesn't go far enough. I can make a wrong turn. I can give the wrong answer on a test. Wrongness doesn't sufficiently capture the diabolical nature of racism. Racism de-humanizes and degrades. It is a toxin that destroys and victimizes both the abused and the abuser. It is an egregious offense … Continue reading two perspectives on racism and what they need to hear from each other

romans 13 and protesting the government

First, what this post is not about. I am not writing this in order to offer an opinion on when your church should or should not open. I have been committed to the principle of localism throughout this pandemic. The people best equipped to make decisions for the well-being of their communities are the people … Continue reading romans 13 and protesting the government

we are in danger of turning our back on a generation

A couple weeks ago, the Missouri School Board Association released some initial recommendations in regards to public school in the fall. I want to be fair to those involved. These recommendations are not requirements. They more closely resemble the type of brainstorming that often takes place in sterile conference rooms. It's important to be charitable … Continue reading we are in danger of turning our back on a generation