Articles by 2018

For those familiar with it today, the word “congregationalism” tends to evoke an American sense of personal liberty. Congregationalist churches, whether Baptist or otherwise, are typically understood to run on the wheels of democracy, investing ecclesial authority in the people... Continue...

About three years ago, we brought home two babies in a span of four months. I was serving as the interim children’s minister at my church at the time, and the question I had heard from parents repeatedly suddenly became... Continue...

President Trump recently signed into law HR 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. This bipartisan legislation includes almost 200 provisions to provide for opioid use disorder prevention, recovery, and... Continue...

Tomorrow, the electorate of Alabama, Oregon, and West Virginia, will vote on ballot measures about abortion. If passed, each referendum will help to bolster the rights of unborn children. With two newly confirmed Supreme Court justices, there is significant discussion... Continue...

“What use to me are crown, land, folk and fame? They cannot cheer my breast. War’s in the land, alas, and on my name I pray no guilt may rest.” M. Claudius [adapted by Dietrich Bonhoeffer] Imagine yourself addressing, not... Continue...

My book, Blessed Are the Unsatisfied, makes a counter-intuitive, counter-cultural claim: when we embrace our lack of satisfaction in this life, rather than try to deny or overcome it, God blesses us. And he blesses us not just in spite... Continue...

There are thousands of other gripping stories about conditions in North Korea. Some Christians die in labor camps for their faith. Some North Korean women are trafficked when they escape into China. Some North Koreans go to China to find food or money... Continue...

What just happened? Last month the United Nations (UN) released a 440-page report examining the “infringement of fundamental freedoms, including the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and peaceful association, and the question of hate speech” of minority groups in... Continue...

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has overturned the death penalty conviction of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian who was “accused of defiling the name of the Prophet Muhammed during an argument with three Muslim women” in 2010. Continue...

With just a few days to go until Election Day, Americans are increasingly turning their focus to politics. According to the US Elections Project, in 2014 (the last midterm election), approximately 37 percent of eligible voters actually made it to... Continue...