A House of Prayer, Not Politics

I saw the sign pictured above outside a church the other day.  It got me thinking—thinking about how easily Christianity is reduced to a set of political opinions.  Sometimes, people allow faith to dictate their political views.  But too often, I fear, it’s the other way around: political ideology defines the boundaries of faith.  Religion…

Fallen, We Divide

Recently, Facebook shut down pages disseminating disinformation.  The disinformation was about issues that Americans divide over.  The point of disinformation?  More division.  It is believed that Russian hackers are to blame.  It’s the old divide and conquer approach.  A divided America is a weaker America.  This makes sense.  Jesus said something about a divided house…

Fill in the Blank

Jerome (345-420 AD) was an early church father, scholar, and monk.  He is probably best known for his translation of the Bible into Latin (known as “The Vulgate” because Latin was the vulgar or common language). When Jerome was about 30 and a rising academic star, he had a dream that brought his star crashing…

I’ve Been Thinking…

In light of the socio-political climate in America, the following verses have been on my mind: You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven…

Two Cities, One Gospel: Christ and Revolution

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” This unforgettable phrase opens Dickens’s novel A Tale of Two Cities. Set in England and Paris, A Tale of Two Cities takes place just as the French Revolution gets going. On one side are the French commoners. They are enraged by the economic…

Does Love Trump Hate…of Trump?

It wouldn’t surprise me if Donald Trump’s first two weeks as president coincided with a global rise in stomach ulcers. News outlets and social media are a minefield of opinions and denouncements. Love trumps hate, they say. But I’m not sure love trumps hate of Trump. I’m not here to defend Trump. He’s a big…

Purpose and Politics

Many know I’m not crazy about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. During the campaign season, my mantra was, “I’m afraid it’ll come down to Trump and Clinton.” See kids, nightmares can come true. Just keep believing 😉 Now that we’re past all hope of not electing Trump or Clinton, I pray for Trump and our…

Putting the “Ugh” in Ugly

Sketch by Patrick Murphy Yesterday, Americans elected Donald Trump as their next president.  (Read my pre-election thoughts here).  Today, the news and social media are blowing up with opinions about this election.  (Silly me, I thought it would be over yesterday).  Cyber-space is full of doomsday predictions, verbal attacks, defensiveness, cattiness, and righteous indignation in…

Just the Factions, Ma’am

America’s presidential election is…beyond description.  People often say they’re voting for the lesser of two evils. But many see no clear favorite in the race toward lesser evil.  (And what a sad finish line that is). The picture above captures this feeling.  Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump are imagined as super-villains from “The Dark Knight,” part…

Wanted: A Few Good Idiots

This past weekend,  I had the following article published in the religion section of our local paper. I posted a slightly different version on The Voice of One two years ago. Given America’s current political climate, I feel like the thoughts in this article are especially relevant. *** “The Idiot” is a book by Russian…