December 3, 2016

Election Day Special: Bob Is Angry on Election Day

Note from CM: Michael originally wrote this for the 2008 election. • • • Today being election day, and many of my evangelical friends being in somewhat of a foul mood, for reasons that, as of 12:28 p.m., are suspected and not yet clear, I found myself thinking about a fellow I’ll call Bob. I […]

Another Look: I Still Struggle to Speak of 9/11

Note from CM: I wrote this 5 years ago, on the tenth anniversary of the attacks on 9/11/2001. I don’t have any easier time talking about it today. • • • On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, I ate breakfast with the pastor with whom I used to work as an associate. We met at […]

We’ve Missed the Gospel

Another week, another period of racial tension and outrage in the United States. As I write these words, this report appears at CBS News: In cities across the country, protesters pounded the pavement to express their heartbreak, fury and frustration over the murders of two unarmed black men, Alton Sterling and Philander Castile, this week. Video footage of both murders, […]

Scott Lencke – Misunderstanding Jesus: If You Don’t Have a Sword, Sell Your Cloak and Buy One

We welcome Scott Lencke today. He blogs at The Prodigal Thought. Scott also has a book coming this fall with Wipf & Stock, called Change for the First Time, Again, and a side project at the book’s website, where you can join in and share your own story of change. • • • There’s much talk these days (and these decades) about second amendment rights in […]

Randy Thompson: Jesus Christ or Jesus Caesar?

Note from CM: We’ll reflect on Ash Wednesday tomorrow, after I return home. Thanks to Randy Thompson for helping out with today’s post. • • • Jesus Christ or Jesus Caesar? An Open Letter to Senator Ted Cruz “Just spend a minute, saying, ‘Father God, please continue this awakening, continue this spirit of revival,’ Cruz […]

Why isn’t Rachel weeping today?

Why are large segments of the Church in the U.S., made up of people who claim to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, the Giver of Life, and the Overcomer of Death, so unmoved by this? I simply want to ask the Church in the U.S. — why are we so […]

A Moral Continental Divide?

I will refrain from opining on this subject, but since we’re talking about evangelicalism this week, we should probably note some developments with regard to the issue that many evangelicals see as the key moral issue in our culture and society. Several recent statements by prominent evangelicals have been in the news, and I want […]

Preach it, Michelle!

Commencement speeches are usually fairly banal and unmemorable, but people are buzzing about one First Lady Michelle Obama gave at Tuskegee University last Saturday.  After reviewing the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and the university for which “Booker T. Washington pawned his pocket watch to buy a kiln, and students used their bare hands to […]

Andy Zehner: On Communitarianism

Note from CM: I have said often that I am a-political — I don’t care much for politics, and we don’t talk too much about that world here on IM, except when it impinges on some facet of religious discourse. In today’s terms, I consider myself a moderate and you will usually find me lamenting the […]

A Desperate Measure?

Note from CM: We didn’t have enough strong opinions expressed yesterday(!), so I thought I’d start a discussion on something that’s happening here in the heart of the great Midwest. I don’t normally devote much space to political debates, but since this one is specifically “Christian” in origin and intent, why not? No, I’m not spoiling for […]