what is essential

2020 has introduced us to new vocabulary of words and phrases. Asymptomatic. Exponential spread. Social distancing. Non-pharmaceutical intervention. Contact tracing. Anosmia.* We also have been reintroduced to old words in new packages. Sometimes the new package disorients us and makes us wonder if we ever really knew what the word meant. One of these words … Continue reading what is essential

when ethos becomes pathos, or when carl lentz met austin powers

Is it possible to be too sexy for ministry? Did I get your attention? I've got to confess. I never heard the name Carl Lentz before this past week. I guess I'm just not up-to-speed with evangelical celebrity. If you want, or need, and update, you can read this short Vanity Fair article. (The irony … Continue reading when ethos becomes pathos, or when carl lentz met austin powers

critical race theory: check box identity

In 2017, Damon Young wrote an article titled "Straight Black Men are the White People of Black People." In it he argued that straight black men enjoy the same type of privilege over black women that white people enjoy over black men. This privilege is something that needs to be recognized and rejected by black … Continue reading critical race theory: check box identity

my people

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

critical race theory: empathy and narrative

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

critical race theory: privilege and systemic racism

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

horses and chariots

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

critical race theory: bitter roots?

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?