Recent Published Works
THE FAITH OF THE FLOYDS
April 22, 2021
Somehow, just as the stone was rolled away against all odds that first Easter morn, the Gospel finds a way to endure nevertheless. After four years and many more decades and centuries of a whitewashed Christianity that abuses women and practices financial grift of its church members, on April 21, 2021, a more ancient Christian Gospel elbowed its way to the forefront of American Christianity.
WHERE'S THE GRACE FOR DAUNTE WRIGHT?
April 16, 2021
Christians talk a lot about grace but we don't seem to have the same grace for everyone in the U.S. I’ve heard people say they feel sick for former Brooklyn Center police officer, Kim Potter, who despite serving 26 years on the police force, claimed she grabbed her gun by mistake, killing Daunte Wright just 2.5 miles from the Brooklyn Center Community Center where I went with my church youth group as a kid. Potter seems to automatically receive a lot of grace from the same people who say if Wright had just followed instructions, he would still be alive. He shouldn't have “resisted arrest,” “he shouldn't have had a lapsed car registration.” In a lot of conversations among white U.S. Christians, Daunte Wright gets very little grace.
THE DEADLY CONSEQUENCES OF PURITY CULTURE AND HATE
March 19, 2021
Once we might have questioned how this “good church boy” could turn into a killer. We would have called him a “lone wolf.” We would have wondered about mental illness, about family trouble. We would have talked about Long as an individual, rather than explore his place in a pantheon of angry, white, male, conservative, Christian mass shooters.