The Church as Witness and Protest: A Call to a Faithful Response to Charlottesville

(Editor’s note: This was a sermon based on Romans 12:1–9.) Alabama In middle school during black history month we would watch these videos called Eyes On the Prize and  make posters lauding black achievement.  There were posters about George Washington Carver and his varied uses of the peanut.  Alongside Carver, one might find Harriet Tubman … More The Church as Witness and Protest: A Call to a Faithful Response to Charlottesville

The Slave, the Foreigner, and the Compassion of Israel

photo credit In the providence of God, he allowed his people to experience an extended period of slavery. This slavery was no passing trial to be endured and forgotten. It marked them and undergirded their ethical reasoning. God called upon his people to remember: Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels … More The Slave, the Foreigner, and the Compassion of Israel

The New Testament and Public Criticism of Politicians

  In the wake of the recent election, I have seen many Christians quote the biblical command to respect authority and pray for the leaders that God has placed over us. Two texts have been prominent in this admonition: Romans 13:1–3 and 1 Timothy 2:1–2. They read: Let every person be subject to the governing … More The New Testament and Public Criticism of Politicians