Why I am an Ally – Part 3

If you are new to this series you might want to jump back in and read Part 1, where I talk about some of my personal interactions, or Part 2, where I discuss Romans 1 (and 2). Thank you to everyone who posted comments. They have definitely enriched the posts. One of my paragraphs inContinue reading “Why I am an Ally – Part 3”

Why I am an Ally – Part 2

A First Look at the Biblical Text Last week we were introduced to Craig, Steve, Bill, and Geoff, friends of mine that I have interacted with over the years. This was a reminder to all of us that when we enter into these discussions, there are real people at the other end. Craig and BillContinue reading “Why I am an Ally – Part 2”

Why I am an Ally – Part 1

Why now? Why did I pick this time to publicly declare that I am an ally to the LGBTQ community? There are a number of reasons: In the last number of years I have seen an increasing rise of hate on social media aimed towards homosexuals and other marginalized people. This hate has come primarilyContinue reading “Why I am an Ally – Part 1”

It’s No Longer Just Fringe Theology

It’s No Longer Just Fringe Theology When I was in seminary back in the mid- to late-1980s, I remember taking a class with Don Carson on some of the Pauline letters. He remarked that students at that time had a completely different set of interests than they did just a decade before. I had beenContinue reading “It’s No Longer Just Fringe Theology”

Senator Flake’s Luther Moment

Senator Flake’s Luther Moment When we remain silent and fail to act when we know that that silence and inaction is the wrong thing to do — because of political considerations, because we might make enemies, because we might alienate the base, because we might provoke a primary challenge, because ad infinitum, ad nauseam —Continue reading “Senator Flake’s Luther Moment”

Priorities find the right track in “The Lansdale Statement”

Note from CM: This is from the official website of Lansdale Borough, PA: “For those seeking a suburban sanctuary with urban sensibilities, Lansdale is an established, walkable, close-knit neighborhood conveniently centered on mobility where priorities find the right track.” I think this statement by friend, mentor, and Lansdale resident Peter Enns indeed exemplifies Christian prioritiesContinue reading “Priorities find the right track in “The Lansdale Statement””

The More Things Change…

The More Things Change… 300 years ago this week… One of my favorite pieces of classical music has an interesting political background. In fact, it’s an early 18th century example of a politician using the “media” to advance his own popularity and diss his opponent. Tom Huizenga told the story yesterday on NPR’s program, AllContinue reading “The More Things Change…”

Open Forum: U.S. Health Care

Note from CM: We are going to close comments. I want to thank everyone who contributed today to a good discussion. Thanks for keeping things civil. Each of you have given the rest of us something to think about. We aren’t going to solve anything today, but discussions like this are essential. I encourage and challengeContinue reading “Open Forum: U.S. Health Care”

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. IContinue reading “Election Day Special: Bob Is Angry on Election Day”

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 atContinue reading “Another Look: I Still Struggle to Speak of 9/11”