Instead, we need to exercise our moral imaginations.
The church doesn’t have the capacity to do for people what they used to do before the government took over those services.
— Jesus was an incredibly unlikely messiah. Though Matthew and Luke later shaped his genealogy in an attempt to establish his royal messianic bona fides, Jesus was born to humble parents from a nowhere town in a backwater state among desperate peasants—peasants who had little hope of relief from what they assumed was the irremediably…
What happens when everybody else can see what you can’t see?
Whether someone is actively trying to kill you in your hometown or someone in a foreign country is willing to stand by and watch you die, the end result is the same. Death is death no matter how you get there.
What if we could live together without fear of the ulterior motives behind someone else’s agenda?
When the silence speaks the truth to us, the suffering surfaces.
The current order will be subverted, and a new reality will begin to take shape, built on the needs of the people who always come in last in the current world.
The rich and powerful don’t cling to threads of an apocalyptic desire for deliverance. Why would they? Deliverance from what?
— Remember when “WWJD?” was a thing? What would Jesus do? Remember that? It was supposed to be a reminder to people (evangelicals mostly) to stop and ask themselves how Jesus might respond to any given situation, and then act accordingly. Oh, come on. You remember, right? The bracelets, the t-shirts, the dog tags, the…
Why would they ever think anything other than that you hate and fear them?
To choose to give charity is to take advantage of the power and resources at your disposal for those whom you think are worthy of your attention.
Social justice activist and minister Derek Penwell offers this prayer for Election Day 2018.
Communal lamentation is a very public cry of despair in the face of injustice.
If you don’t actively work toward a world where racism is a point of historical shame, you’re a racist.
When the time comes, if we have planned for our response, there’s a greater chance that we will do what in our heart of hearts we had hoped we would do.