Million Student March: are the mixed messages saying nothing?

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?

WSJ opinion post gets it wrong about Mark Driscoll

In the 80’s, misappropriation of funds, and sexual misconduct brought down the Jimmies (Bakker and Swaggert). In the 2010’s, Mark Driscoll has become the latest falling star of Evangelical Christianity. Like his predecessors before him, he has made the secular as well as the religious news. So a few short hours ago the Wall Street … More WSJ opinion post gets it wrong about Mark Driscoll

The Pope, the Mafia, Atheists, & the Gay Community

Francis’ indictment of mafia violence and calling them to repentance with the threat of Hell, is a perfect model for some of my thoughts about navigating the space between the church and the world, especially when seen in the light of his responses to both atheists and the LGBTQ community. Perhaps Francis has now fully … More The Pope, the Mafia, Atheists, & the Gay Community

Stop the violence: Pope threatens mafia with Hell!

Is it enough to say stop? No. Not even for the Pope, but that’s what Francis did today. Well, he actually did a bit more than tell the mafia to stop the violence. Francis attended a gathering with people who have organized against mafia violence. Libera has been in existence since 1995, and is a grassroots … More Stop the violence: Pope threatens mafia with Hell!