Ten Suggestions for Christian Bloggers

I started blogging years ago, early in my career. Over that time, I’ve thought a lot about public discourse, particularly among Christians–what it looks like at its best and worst, how to engage in respectful disagreement, what to do when others attack you publicly, and ways in which to address difficult topics. In the interest…

Trump, Evangelicals, and the Road Ahead

In 1934, at the age of 28, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a letter to a friend about an upcoming conference that would involve members of churches from several countries and denominations. In this letter, he wrote, “We must make it clear—fearful as it is—that the time is very near when we shall have to decide between…

Reflections from a Hospital Waiting Room

As I write this post, a loved one is having surgery, and I’m sitting in the waiting room, trying to tune out the sound of “The Price is Right” blasting from the television. I’ve spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms over the years, particularly because my son Sean has had quite a…

Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

The answer is not as obvious as it may seem. On the one hand, we can say that, to the extent that both religions identify the God disclosed in the scriptures of Judaism as their God, then, yes, both religions worship the same deity. Both religions share some of Judaism’s scriptural narratives, though in Islam these narratives…

On Truth Tellers

The older I get, the more grateful I am to have truth tellers in my life. These are people who care about me enough to disagree with me, show me my blind spots, and speak honestly, especially when it’s difficult. I don’t always enjoy hearing from truth tellers, and I can’t say that I always…

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is a crime that often goes unreported. It thrives in secret. If we as Christians are going to address problems of domestic violence, we need first of all to arm ourselves with information. My friend and colleague Rev. Terry Heck has written an informative piece for the blog sponsored by United’s School for Discipleship…

Disengaging?

On October 12, 2014, I asked Cynthia Astle not to republish my work going forward on UM Insight. I didn’t state this publicly because I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. I wasn’t looking for a fight or to criticize UM Insight publicly. I had actually not given this much thought…