It’s our time: Responding to Richard Spencer

Richard Spencer is coming to town and Gainesville is nervous. Every time I hear the story of our nation’s racial past I struggle with understanding how so many people could stand by and do so little. Until I watch how deeply we struggle acknowledging our racial present. We have a problem, and it won’t evaporateContinue reading “It’s our time: Responding to Richard Spencer”

Dear United States,

I love you. (I love us.) I thank God for our nation and our liberties and our diversity and our exceptional approach.  Jon Stewart is right: “This ain’t easy … America is not natural. Natural is tribal. We are fighting against thousands of years of human behavior and history to create something that no one’s ever done. That’sContinue reading “Dear United States,”

My Prayer on Inauguration Day

I pray that Christian Democrats will give Trump the same mercy they gave Obama in the areas where his politics violate God’s righteous standard. And I pray that Christian Republicans will give Trump the same prophetic scrutiny they gave Obama. I pray for another spiritual awakening in our day. God, You oppose the proud, but give grace toContinue reading “My Prayer on Inauguration Day”

Jesus, justice, & the multicultural church

As I look at the church, I’m quite concerned about the white-washing of Jesus, the toxic absence of justice, and the potential dangers of the multicultural movement. Which is why I am so thrilled to spend the next few days with the great civil rights activist Dr. John Perkins. He lives for the biblical Jesus, true justice, and a truly multiculturalContinue reading “Jesus, justice, & the multicultural church”

Repeat After Us

1. My all-time favorite Florida Gator is Joakim Noah. Last week I was reminded why I loved this guy so much when the SEC Network aired their 52-minute documentary on the back-to-back Gator basketball champions. Repeat After Us is the story of the team who started school together, sweat together, bled together, beat the odds together, wept together,Continue reading “Repeat After Us”

Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, & Racialized Sin

Troubling thoughts keeping me up late and waking me up early: 1. It’s devastating to see non-Christians more torn up over black people dying than white Christians. I’m sad and angry and embarrassed and grieving. 2. Implicit bias is more dangerous than overt hatred because it operates underground. It has been stunning to witness allContinue reading “Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, & Racialized Sin”

Cam Newton, the Super Bowl, & the Race Card

  I’m not even close to unbiased as we approach the 2016 Super Bowl. I graduated from the University of Florida. I’m a Gator fan. Gators do not like the Tennessee Volunteers. We struggle to acknowledge that one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time goes by the name Peyton Manning, a Tennessee Volunteer. AndContinue reading “Cam Newton, the Super Bowl, & the Race Card”

Missouri & Yale & the gaps in our Gospel.

I’m reading the reports from Missouri and Yale and thinking about the gaps in our Gospel. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. (MatthewContinue reading “Missouri & Yale & the gaps in our Gospel.”

Pray for Baltimore.

Specific prayers get specific answers; general prayers get general answers. I suggest we get specific. Feel free to add your prayer below, but join us in calling out to God. PRAY AGAINST: Fear. Divisiveness. Hatred. Racism. Hopelessness. Despair. Deception. Faithlessness. Injustice. Cynicism. Lawlessness. Lack of understanding. Arrogance. Violence. Racial caste systems. Class bias. Superficial treatment ofContinue reading “Pray for Baltimore.”