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Rethinking Visibility: Church, Repentance, and 9/11

On September 11, 2001, I was in an early morning seminary class when an administrative assistant came and told us that the first of the towers had collapsed. The class put down John Locke’s The Reasonableness of Christianity—after all, nothing seemed reasonable in those hours after we heard the news[1]—and spent the day talking on the phone with loved ones and watching CNN. My life in college and seminary had not been free of suffering—I had started and led a homeless... Read More

“Everyone in This Room is Now Dumber for Having Listened to [Him]” : Setting Straight the Insanity of Glenn Beck on James Cone and Black Liberation Theology

Glenn Beck and his narratives are often best left ignored—his broadcasts are incendiary, and the helpful things he says are derivative and rare. However, his recent comments on liberation theology represent a particularly egregious detour from truth and authenticity, and in this case, Beck’s artful incompetency has led him to stumble into an area of my interest, an area of interest that I feel called to defend: liberation theology, specifically the liberation theology... Read More

Love’s Labor Lost: A Pop-Culture Love Story for the Twenty-First Century

On May 22, nearly 14 million people across America watched as one of primetime television’s most iconic series drew to a close. The morning after the finale, the blogosphere and tweet feeds were discussing ways to read the ending. People changed their Facebook photos to represent the characters they were now mourning the loss of. Like many pop-culture moments, the ending of Lost signaled a collective desire to find out what others were feeling and experiencing. If there... Read More

Young Life and the Gospel of All-Along Belonging

Jim Rayburn founded Young Life in 1941, the same year the word teenager first appeared in print. Rayburn’s vision for evangelizing this newly defined demographic ran against the conventional wisdom of the day, which attempted to entice young people with billboards—“Young people, come to church”—and tent revivals. Instead, Rayburn’s method was based on the incarnational and relational model of Christ himself. Don’t wait for kids to come to us, Rayburn would... Read More