My friend and preacher, Mark Christian, made a refreshing confession yesterday. In the midst of a sermon on hope and trust, he admitted that his emotions, particularly anger, are living just beneath the surface lately. He said he just feels angry and frustrated all of the time. It made me so happy. Not because my … Continue reading my people
I've seen a lot of this country. I've been to 47 states. Every state has its own feel. Every state has its own local culture that makes it unique. This is even true of states that seem like they would be very much the same. Illinois is discernably different than Indiana, Missouri is not the … Continue reading COVID scorecard
My son got his driver's license this fall. For a year leading up to that day my son and I spent hours together driving the roads of southwest Missouri. I loved having my son as a captive audience during those drives. We'd talk about sports, school, girls, and God. I'd also coach him on his … Continue reading critical race theory: empathy and narrative
In my third post reflecting on Critical Race Theory: An Introduction I take a look at the second chapter of the book, "Hallmark Critical Race Theory Themes." In the chapter, the authors summarize four important themes of CRT: Interest convergence, material determinism, and racial realism - Critical race theorists fall into two different camps. Idealists … Continue reading critical race theory: privilege and systemic racism
When Paul stood before his audience in Athens, he knew exactly what word would trigger them. The Greeks had a long and proud history distinguished by learning, enlightenment, and wisdom. In other words, they were smart. So when Paul promises to correct their ignorance in Acts 17:23, he was guaranteed to get their attention. If … Continue reading horses and chariots
What is critical race theory and where does it come from? Delgado and Stefancic begin to answer this question in the introduction to their book. A clear and broadly agreeable definition for CRT is sometimes hard to find - especially from those who claim to be favorable to the theory. It's sort of like trying … Continue reading critical race theory: bitter roots?
Critical race theory (CRT). What have you heard about it? What do you think about it? What in the world is it? CRT has been in the news a lot lately. President Trump has recently banned its use in diversity training in federal agencies. We didn't get a single question about Chinese persecution of religious … Continue reading critical race theory, friend or foe?
I'm not writing this post for everyone. I'm writing it for a very specific kind of person. I'm writing this post for the people in my life who are (typically) young, passionate for their politics, and confused. They are confused because they can't understand why anyone could ever vote differently than they do. In particular, … Continue reading why your conservative uncle votes differently than you
Stealer's Wheel was the quintessential one hit wonder. They formed in 1972 and broke up just a few years later in 1975. And the only reason I, or anyone knows this, is because Wikipedia exists. Their only hit was a catchy song called "Stuck in the Middle with You." The song became much more famous … Continue reading gods on the left and gods on the right