Recent Published Works
PATERNALISTIC RACISM OF NICE WHITE PEOPLE
A GOOD CHRISTIAN WOMAN ... NOT THAT ONE
June 3, 2020
I grew up thinking that there were lots of things you could do to not be racist and to work for equal rights. You could volunteer at homeless shelters and donate food and sort it at Feed My Starving Children. You could go on mission trips to other places and work in neighborhoods much more diverse than your own, because those neighborhoods and those places and those people needed your help.
Eventually, Jesus challenged these notions.
#SUNDAYSERMON: THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS
RED LETTER CHRISTIANS
May 31, 2020
American injustice has always been starkest for those with brown and black skin, the descendants of those who were brought here against their will and forced to wear shackles. In Northern states like mine, we’ve papered over our racism by preaching a social gospel, by pandering and tokenism, and by suggesting that economic justice is racial justice: by assuming every person with brown or black skin is impoverished and in need of our help, so that we can voice support for the African American Community and for equal rights, and scorn the Klan in the South, but refuse to integrate our schools or our neighborhoods. I live in the whitest and wealthiest corner of Minneapolis. It’s no accident, shrouded as we are in liberalism and progressive politics.
RACISM IN AMERICA: WHAT WILL WE PREACH THIS SUNDAY?
May 29, 2020
The flames of Minneapolis these past few days signify death and destruction. No neighborhood deserves to be destroyed. George Floyd did not deserve to die.
Only God can take flames of death and transform fire into new life and hope for the future.
First Jesus enters into a locked room filled with fear. He enters into a people who have begun to give up hope, to ask if all they believed was merely a mirage.
He breathes on them. The Holy Spirit is fire. It’s also breath. Breath is life.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
The Holy Spirit is among us.