April 30, 2015

Building a Community of Peace & Reconciliation

Last weekend, Churchnet held its Annual Gathering at First Baptist Church of Jefferson City. This year's theme was "Share Hope: Building a Community of Peace & Reconciliation." As Churchnet's Communications & Engagement Leader, I fou…
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April 29, 2015


Yesterday I visited the studio of JCTV (local access channel) to serve as a panelist on the show FOCUS. Hosted by my friend W. T. Edmonson, the show often deals with community issues involving religion and politics. This episode focused on public transportati…
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April 26, 2015

April 24, 2015

Breaking Promise, Obama Fails to Recognize Armenian Genocide

April 24 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide. The Ottoman Empire targeted the mostly Christian population of Armenians, slaughtering up to 1.5 million. When the word 'genocide' was created during the Holocaust, the man wh…
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April 16, 2015

Brian Zahnd and Prophetic Witness

I spent half of this week in St. Joseph, Missouri, for the 2015 Faith & Culture Conference. Held at  Word of Life Church, it included two speakers: Brian Zahnd and Walter Brueggemann. Both of them ended up on my top ten books of 2014 list (with Zahnd in 4t…
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April 15, 2015

Walter Brueggemann Shook My Hand ... and My Head and Spirit

Over a decade ago, I randomly walked into a bookstore in Minneapolis during a conference in the Twin Cities. A book caught my eye, especially the haunting image of a tree on the cover and its intriguing title. After looking it over, I decided to buy it. That …
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Bill Clinton's Failure to Confront Rwandan Genocide as Genocide

Twenty-one years ago, genocide tore through the African nation of Rwanda. Meanwhile, world leaders - many who had previously declared 'never again' on the topic of genocide - looked away. My latest Ethics Daily article explores the rhetoric of then-U.…
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April 13, 2015

Baptists Sporadically Issue Condemnations of Genocide

April is "Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month," in part because many genocides started in April (it's an eerie coincidence). Ethics Daily is running a heavy focus on the topic this month in hopes of educating Christians about genocide and pa…
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April 10, 2015

April Showers

I sent out my monthly email update for April, which notes some of my recent publications. It also includes a short reflection about spring. You can read the update here and subscribe for future editions on the right column of this page.
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April 9, 2015

Volunteerism: Worship and Service

I wrote the cover package for this week's issue of Word&Way (a Baptist newspaper in the Midwest). The cover package includes two themed articles, which are highlighted with the cover graphic. The theme for this issue was "Volunteerism: Worship an…
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April 7, 2015

An Old Van on Election Day

I like voting in local elections. My vote matters more (since most people skip the election). And I actually know some of the candidates I vote for (as well as some of them I vote against). Lots of cities in the U.S. held local elections today. I voted for ma…
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April 5, 2015


I did that yesterday! My three-year-old son is slowing gaining a sense of time. At the moment, however, his understanding of the past is collapsed into one really big yesterday. Anything that happened in the past occurred "yesterday" in his descript…
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April 1, 2015

Book Review

Jim Erwin, pastor Washburn First Baptist Church in Washburn, Missouri, wrote a review of my new book Sacramental Politics: Religious Worship as Political Action . He offers a lengthy and detailed look at the arguments I developed. Here are a couple highlights…
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