Below you will find my interview with NPR's Sarah McCammon on "All Things Considered," along with fellow SBC pastor Malachi O'Brien. Our discussion was about attitudes among evangelicals after opposing op-eds in Christianity Today and Christian Post about our current political mess. Despite what the title says, Malachi and I did NOT debate but rather simply answered questions honestly and respectfully towards each other and hopefully … Continue reading NPR “All Things Considered” discussion regarding attitudes among evangelicals amid current political division.
I must confess I have struggled with some significant prejudices during my life. I am so thankful for God's grace that has broken through and continues to break through the hard shell of my presuppositions about others. Yet I know that even now I hold some opinions about others, both individuals and groups, that are … Continue reading Our opinions say more about us than about “them.”
What does the Bible say about vulnerable people like immigrants, refugees, and the poor? How should a Christian person respond biblically, compassionately, and reasonably to issues like refugee resettlement, undocumented children, family separation, and migrant caravans? If you find yourself conflicted, and yet open to a biblical, factual, and reasonable discussion on these difficult … Continue reading Welcoming the Stranger – 11/5/18 (Tulsa) and 11/6/18 (OKC)
Today my 11-year old son and I had a very surreal experience, as we ended up in the middle of a bomb lockdown in midtown Manhattan near the CNN building at Time Warner plaza. We were stuck in the area for just over an hour, not sure how long it would last or what might … Continue reading The Irony of My First Actual Bomb Scare
Today feels dreadful. No matter what takes place in our country and around the world, I have no doubt that every possible avenue of communication will be full of hateful and immature behavior. Even if we turn off our notifications, choose not to scroll down our social media feeds, and keep the TV off, it … Continue reading Today, you and I have choices.
Who ought to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves? The ending to my last post included these words: "There are many in the world who have no platform and no voice. Only others can speak on their behalf. If we are unwilling to risk speaking [for them], who will?" God said to His … Continue reading A Different Lens – Speaking Up
This is my third post in the "A Different Lens" series. Today, nearly everyone we know has a platform from which to speak and/or blast out their opinions if they should so desire. Man, oh, man, the things people are willing to say, write, and post for public consumption these days. The last several weeks … Continue reading A Different Lens – Words Matter