It’s Pride Month: Let’s talk about grooming

In 2016 a high profile professional footballer was sentenced to six years in prison in England. It was a tremendous scandal because the player in question was a Premier League player who had been capped a dozen times by the English national team. Because of his talent, Adam Johnson had the world at his feet. …

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The heresy of Christian nationalism

Christian nationalists are making a lot of noise these days on social media and elsewhere about wanting to set up a Christian theocracy in the United States because they don't like things such as "wokism" or "gender ideology" which in turn is because they're pro-bigotry. Take William E. Wolfe who served as the Deputy Assistant …

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Social justice is a Christian imperative Dr. Peterson

Dr. Jordan Peterson, the clinical psychologist and author beloved by many conservatives, is widely known for his crusade against social justice, the tyranny of using a person's preferred pronouns, his extreme misogyny and gender essentialism, his rejection of identity politics -i.e. he believes that white privilege is not real despite all the evidence showing that …

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Capitalism kills: A brief theological exploration of the love of money

 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. 1 Timothy 6:10 Our economic system is capitalistic and it has been since Europeans first invaded the North American continent centuries ago. …

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Let’s talk about Biblical marriage

Both houses of Congress recently passed the Respect for Marriage Act, with many Republicans joining with Democrats to pass the bill that will protect the right of same-sex couples to marry. Prior to it being voted on in the House of Representatives, conservative Republican congresswoman Vicky Hartzler gave an impassioned speech on the House floor …

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For Mastriano theocracy is the point

I live in Lancaster County, PA, a bucolic area known for its landscapes dotted with farms, its large population of Anabaptists - the Amish, Mennonites, and Church of the Brethren - its welcome of refugees, and the small city of Lancaster at the heart of it all. For the aforementioned Anabaptist groups, their Christian faith …

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Discussing Dr. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning

I recently read Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's landmark book Stamped from the Beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America and then sat down to discuss this truly important book with the host of Book Ish: The Canon Continues podcast (Book Ish ). Because this book is so well researched and covers the history …

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Dr. King and intersectionality

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Books have the power to profoundly impact our lives. In 2006, I found an audiobook copy of A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. at my local library. I had some familiarity with King’s work prior to listening to that book, and his autobiography in quick succession, but not much. Those two books changed all of that for me. He was of course a supremely gifted orator and it is a blessing to live in an age where his speeches have been preserved for future generations. Those speeches inform my personal theological stances and have stayed with me ever since.

One of the speeches in the collection truly stood out for me. It is one that likely got him into a good deal of trouble with those who maintain the Domination System in American political life because he was critical of U.S. foreign policy and…

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