Meeting Mental Health Needs in a Church Context

September 29, 2020 ...

Clarify Be clear on what type of services you are providing. Are you offering long-term therapy or a brief mental health check-in? Are you doing some form of mental health assessment? Or perhaps you are providing increased pastoral counseling during this time. Even more likely, you’ve got volunteers who want to be there for those …

Today’s Crises Have Multiplied and Exposed Trauma

September 23, 2020 ...

But the threats are not merely external. We face internal threats as well. Many are anxious or depressed or grieving. Others are full of anger. There is no end in sight. The pandemic has exposed and escalated other crises. Confronting death, living isolated lives, and experiencing continual fear have significantly increased the level of trauma. …

75th Anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Call for Action

August 5, 2020 ...

In 2011, the National Association of Evangelicals pledged support for “national leaders who adopt policies and pursue negotiations that will contribute to peace, freedom and security at home and abroad, giving particular attention to the threats posed by nuclear weapons.” Life is a gift from God that we must not threaten with weapons that by …

The Long Obedience of Racial Justice

July 10, 2020 ...

On the other hand, I recall a ride with an African American taxi driver who grew up in Charlottesville. He recalled, without venom or vengeance, countless episodes of racism. The cruelty he suffered and the consequent disparities of life are part of growing up black in Charlottesville. Read the full article at Christianity Today.

Love > Civility

June 24, 2020 ...

We must labor at biting our tongue when we want to lash out. Civility can make us weary. But we do not tire easily of insults. I say this, because I’ve spent time studying honor and shame in social settings and political discourse. My doctoral dissertation from Harvard was on the rhetorical use of insults …

Why I Don’t Preach Partisan Politics

June 22, 2020 ...

Apart from disengaging from the culture entirely, I don’t think it is possible to sidestep politics. Any pastor who avoids preaching about anything politicians talk about will have decided not to address anything relevant to anyone who is listening. I’ve been accused (wrongly) of “preaching politics” whenever I have addressed biblical issues like racism, the …

Uncommon Decency

June 19, 2020 ...

Not Civility Alone Not that civility is the be-all and end-all of life. We will not solve all our problems simply by becoming more civil people. There are times when it is appropriate to manifest some very uncivil feelings. “Passionate intensity” is not always out of place. If I am going to be a more …

Making a Way Out of No Way

June 17, 2020 ...

The Expectations Project, the organization I lead, focuses on engaging people of faith to become policy advocates to improve America’s low-income public schools. The systemic policy change we seek often seems insurmountable as opposing education factions can dig into their own ideals, unwilling to compromise. Policy and political change require both an eye on the …

Beyond Civility

June 16, 2020 ...

Take the political demagogue who shakes all the right hands, the church pastor whose outward charms mask inner demons, the neighborly churchgoer whom Martin Luther King famously labeled the “white moderate.” Too often, civility is a ploy by the powerful to defend an unhealthy or unjust status quo. American evangelicalism is not immune from this …