The McCain-Palin Taste for The Secret

We live in a culture of increasing secrecy. Despite claims of being the ‘age of information,’ one might goes so far as to say we live in a culture of ‘the secret.’ Not only has there been a flood of recent secular books all pointing to new secrets being discovered like the strange self-help philosophy of “The Secret,” the blockbuster movie, “The DaVinci Code” or the new pseudo-history, “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left.” Christians have been getting in on the secret as well with tons of books recently published around, “The Secret Gospel of Judas,” “Discovering the Secret of a Man’s (or woman’s) Soul” and of course, “The Secret Message of Jesus.”

About the Nuance of Voting Records

Ran across this on On Voting Records and I thought it was appropriate for here as well. He begins by offering this little formula “My opponent voted x times for/against y.  X times!” and then writes: No doubt the candidates are uttering such in the debate at this moment.  The problem with this for of rhetoric is thatContinue reading “About the Nuance of Voting Records”

Quakers Twitter Politics During the Debate

 Just a short announcement: I suggested to my friend Martin Kelley that the online Quaker community (QuakerQuaker) should team up and discuss the presidential debate live over twitter this evening. Kind of like a worldwide, church-wide, discussion on politics in real-time.  Martin asked others what they thought about the prospect of doing something like this,Continue reading “Quakers Twitter Politics During the Debate”

Younger Evangelicals Weigh in on Abortion and Other Issues

Once thought to be in the pocket of the Religious Right, many American evangelicals today are discovering a deeper understanding of what it means to be pro-life. Kenny Hiser, communications director from Sojourners sent this article to me that will be their cover article in November, it’s called “The Meaning of ‘Life.’” For the articleContinue reading “Younger Evangelicals Weigh in on Abortion and Other Issues”

The Imagination of Politics – William Cavanaugh’s Theo-Politics

I’m currently working through Catholic theologian William T. Cavanaugh‘s book ((here is a listing of his bibliographic works), “Theo-Political Imagination: Discovering the Liturgy  as a Political Act in an Age of Global Consumerism,” for a lecture I’m doing later this quarter. I cannot recommend this book enough to those of you who are doing workContinue reading “The Imagination of Politics – William Cavanaugh’s Theo-Politics”

McCain: “I know how to heal the wounds of war”

I just finished watching the debate and it left me feeling like our country and economy will be safer and better off with Obama at the helm. What caught me off guard about the debate came at the very end in a line McCain gave. While I’ve noted that a number of Christians have pointedContinue reading “McCain: “I know how to heal the wounds of war””

John Steinbeck on the Current Economic Crisis

I came across this Steinbeck quote today while looking through Wink’s book “Engaging the Powers,” it seemed to me to be getting at the nature of the struggle we face today. Especially when it comes to the bank being an uncontrollable monster, a power, that is beyond our control: The owners of the land cameContinue reading “John Steinbeck on the Current Economic Crisis”

Dress Down Friday | Political Irony and the Messianic

With Sarah Palin being picked the VP last week things in the political news world have gone to another level of seriousness, but fortunately there are plenty of people also having a little fun with the whole thing as well: The Fake Sarah Palin Twitter Sarah Palin’s Video Blog Sarah Palin’s Blog Blog Paris HiltonContinue reading “Dress Down Friday | Political Irony and the Messianic”

Dreams and the Kingdom of God

My August Barclay Press essay is now online. It’s a little late for August, but time has been pretty tight lately. The essay looks at Stephen Duncombe’s recent book on progressive politics, “Dream Re-Imagining” and applies some of the findings to a theological perspective on living out the Kingdom of God. Here’s a quote: AsContinue reading “Dreams and the Kingdom of God”

Anthony Smith on Not Voting as Violence?

Anthony Smith also known as for his blog “Musings of a Postmodern Negro” has written a great and thought-provoking post on voting from the perspective of black history and theology. He says: Voting, as it is oftentimes seen by historically marginalized groups, is a precious gift. It is not seen, within the language game of theContinue reading “Anthony Smith on Not Voting as Violence?”