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Without Justice, I Can’t Connect

Without Justice, I Can’t Connect

I remember visiting a church one day, and I struggled to connect. It wasn’t any of the usual things—the music, the speaker, or the style of the service. The issue was that I knew some information about how the church was using its money, and I didn’t think the church...
Justice: Everyone Has a Part to Play

Justice: Everyone Has a Part to Play

At the university where I work, classes have finished up. This past semester, I taught a course on Multicultural Counseling. A big part of what we talk about is how we can help advocate for justice in the lives of our clients. We also discuss current events related to...
Invisibility and Privilege

Invisibility and Privilege

A few years ago, I was hanging out in Boulder, Colorado with some friends. We were walking down Pearl Street, trying to find a restaurant we liked. A man on the side of the road called out to us, asking for money. Feeling uncomfortable, I didn’t say anything, and...
Just Christians

Just Christians

In my conversations with other Christians, I hear different perspectives on justice. Some Christians are very focused on justice. It is an important aspect of their faith to advocate for the equal rights of underprivileged groups, whether the focus is racial/ethnic...
The Sin of Certainty

The Sin of Certainty

I’m reading an interesting book by Peter Enns called “The Sin of Certainty.” The basic idea is that as Christians, we often define faith as being certain that what we believe is true. I could connect with this. As a kid growing up in the church, what mattered most was...
If You Want to Build Something, Resist Revenge

If You Want to Build Something, Resist Revenge

I’ve been watching the final season of Game of Thrones, and the last episode was crazy. Daenerys Targaryen, driven by revenge, destroys the entire city of King’s Landing with her fire-breathing dragon. Not just Cersei and her army, mind you, but women and children...
Should We Interpret the Bible Like the Constitution?

Should We Interpret the Bible Like the Constitution?

I finished reading a book awhile back about what the Bible has to say about human sexuality. It was an interesting read. One of the author’s main points was that it is problematic to pick and choose various Bible verses to support one’s particular position on...
Is Christianity Still “Good News”?

Is Christianity Still “Good News”?

When I read about the life of Jesus, time and time again I see Jesus offering the “Gospel” or “Good News.” But what was the Gospel, and why was it considered good news? And is it still considered good news today? The Gospel as Kingdom of God There are two...
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