“Open thine arms and receive, too, thy son Don Quixote, who, if he comes vanquished by the arm of another, comes victor over himself, which, as he himself has told me, is the greatest victory anyone can desire.” – Sancho Panza, squire to Don Quixote Don Quixote’s name entered English vocabulary as an eponymous adjective in … More We Are Don Quixote: belief and madness
Once again America is rocked by shootings. One, which went unrealized by most Americans happened in Georgia. it left 1 dead and 3 injured. Then the more dramatic shooting in San Bernardino, CA left 14 dead and 17 wounded (as of this moment). As I logged onto Facebook and Twitter accounts, I was further saddened … More Mass Shootings: Losing our Lives – Losing our Souls
Paris police raid well over a hundred locations in search of at least two more terrorists from Friday’s attack. The UN calls for European nations to take in Syrian refugees, while the world is told that thousands of trained jihadists from the Daesh/IS have been smuggled in among the refugees. Russia confirms it was a bomb … More Paris, Syria, Russia & Charlie Sheen: a world worried about safety
On the day after the atrocities in Paris, which left over 120 dead and a yet uncounted number wounded, I am roiling with anger. Moments like these make the old adage, “the pen is mightier than the sword” seem impotent and frail in the face of tragedy. I tracked the events last night from the … More An Islamic Distopian Nightmare: #JeSuisCharlie #JeSuisParis
When is enough enough? When is someone enough like their own minority group to be accepted as part of that group? Clarence Thomas and Condoleezza Rice have been called sell outs, or Uncle Toms, because a person can’t be Republican and Black in some circles…apparently. Now Caitlyn Jenner is met with protests everywhere, because she … More Caitlyn Jenner Caught in the Middle: trans, conservative, priviledged
The Million Student March is happening today. It feels like an extension of the Occupy movement. In fact, at UMass Amherst some students were occupying the student union building – probably because it has been raining. Websites have been running updates from the marches around the country, but it seems well under the hoped for … More Million Student March: are the mixed messages saying nothing?
As an Evangelical/Pentecostal pastor (some would say I am post-Evangelical/post-Pentecostal, but I would beg to differ), I believe there are some things about raising our voices for causes we can learn from the activities of Christianity. These are powerful lessons for our current political and social causes. Evangelical Christianity has been one of history’s boldest … More The Downside of Raising Our Voices (Lessons from Francis of Assisi): Blog Action Day Post
This article posted by Scott McKnight in Patheos about anger in politics, highlights one of my primary theses behind Burning Religion. The polarization of complex issues in both politics and religion turns what should be a robust discussion of both worlds into banal, yet simultaneously frustrating and heated topics. We vacillate between being bored and not wanting … More What do Politics and Religion have in Common Today? Anger.
Donald Trump looks like the runaway leader in the Republican run for the presidency at the moment. On the left hand side of the aisle, Bernie Sanders is making more waves than anyone else. But it is Trump, who is most raising the eyebrows of America, especially among educated progressives. “How,” they ask, “can anyone be … More The Power of the Political Clown Car: Trump and Sanders