Against Christian Nationalism: Day March 18, 2021 of A Long Repentance

Learning from the Insurrection on January 6th, 2021 Why spend energy on the problem of Christian nationalism?  Because it’s widespread.  Because whether it’s successful or defeated, it is destructive to Christian witness.  Because when it’s successful it leads to harmful and self-defeating policy choices.[1]  Because when it’s defeated it tears at the fabric of democracy…

Atonement Theories & Anger, Part 2: Jesus’ Anger

Jesus raising Lazarus from the grave. I found this on Till Christ Is Formed, the blog site of Catholic priest, Peter Kim Se Mang, SJ. A Key Story:  Jesus’ Anger by the Tomb of Lazarus When Jesus stood by the tomb of his young friend Lazarus of Bethany, he expressed an emotion denoted by a…

Atonement Theories & Anger, Part 1: Does Your Anger Relate to God’s Anger?

Introduction As the death toll from police brutality piled up by 2020, many people in my church family expressed what is often called “black anger”:  black people in the U.S. being angry about racial injustice.[1]  On a few Sunday services, several black individuals cried out, lamented, and shared how absolutely furious they were.  They were…

Abortion Policy and Christian Social Ethics in the United States

My book is out! As you can see by the title and the reviews so far, it will be quite challenging. The back cover says: “Today’s Christian pro-life movement has misplaced its priorities. The issue of abortion is more complex than the movement often appreciates. For a start, Scripture is less clear about the moral…

Reparations and the Key Question in Restorative Justice | A Long Repentance Post #15 | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

“The Ugly Duckling” is a story about belonging and community.  This illustration, “Ugly Duckling” by Milo Winter, was first published in 1916 in the U.S. in the book Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales.  Public Domain. The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race and justice in the United States as issues of…