Christian social justice activism almost always focuses on racial, gender, poverty and immigrant injustice. Its intentions are often good. Sometimes but not always the results are helpful. But rarely does Christian social justice activism focus on concerns outside the parameters of the secular left.
Pat Robertson semi-regularly excites controversy with provocative comments, typically made on his daily television program 700 Club. Most recently he ignited widespread denunciation for seeming to minimize journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder by Saudi operatives. Robertson stressed the importance of USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
These themes from Keller are sound. Space permitting, no doubt he would have elaborated how Christian political witness is pursued and by whom. (Perhaps he does in his book, which I've not yet read.)
African Christians, many of whom I know, have survived famines, civil wars, poverty and pestilence. They are tough. And they are often befuddled by American and Western squishiness and squeamishness over Christian truths.
The Brunson dispute may contribute to the unraveling of Turkey's 70-year alliance with America. Given its strategic importance, is the loss worth it? And should Brunson's advocates, Christian or otherwise, adamantly push ahead despite this risk?
Maybe there should be a moratorium on Protestants quoting or citing the Bible when discussing border policy or immigration. Whether conservative or liberal, the end result is typically unpleasant.
The wedding sermon from Episcopal Church USA Michael Curry justifiably has earned rave reviews for compelling delivery and a love-soaked message very appropriate for a wedding, royal or otherwise.
Recently some critics of prominent Trump-supporting Dallas Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress have disapprovingly identified him as a supporter of "Two Kingdoms" theology, an historic Protestant belief about the division of duties between spiritual & earthly rule.
The Christians who disdain America often suffer from particular theological confusion, believing humanity basically good, while America is the odious aberration.
New membership statistics show USA United Methodism slumping below seven million members for the first time in 100 years. Where will they go from here?
Is it possible to talk about Jesus too much in politics?
Trashing megachurches is often popular. According to the standard stereotype, they're big exurban factories resembling car dealerships with giant parking lots and giant American flags, catering to rich, socially irresponsible SUV driving Sunbelt Republicans anxious to hear superficial, self-serving health and wealth sermons from huckster preachers in flashy suits.
Communism's collapse at Christmas, at least according to the Western calendar, is perhaps providentially significant. Christmas is an eternal rebuttal to tyrants and all rulers who are proud.
Christian anthropology and authentic Wesleyanism in particular offer a very different political theology premised on the divinely ordained sacred nature of each human individual.
Churches that stress their welcome-welcome-welcome message of inclusion over a firm orthodox theological message typically are, whether realizing it or not, actually welcoming some and discouraging others.
There are Evangelicals and Catholics who critique yoga as wrong for Christians because its mantras originate in eastern religion. Setting aside that concern, should worship space be open to recreation and "profane" (i.e., secular) activities like yoga?
Paula White clarified earlier comments implying Trump as president has special divine anointing. So God ordains government for justice, but does He ordain and favor specific rulers?
Many religious groups and voices are fiercely denouncing the announced rescission of DACA. It's understandable that religious groups are eager to show solidarity with young adults not responsible for their parents' violation of immigration law. But the often shrill religious rhetoric on DACA is not helpful to the debate.
It's odd for a clergyman to reject prayers for persons he believes are predators, since a primary purpose for prayer is changed hearts and redemption for the lost.
Several critics have denounced the "idolatry" of "Freedom Sunday" worship June 25 at First Baptist Church in Dallas, pastored by Robert Jeffress, who prominently campaigned for Donald Trump during last year's election.
Mattson essentially accuses conservative Christians of succumbing to the Satanic offer of worldly dominion that Jesus rejected. But is the Religious Left absolved for grasping political power because its agenda is reputedly more generous?
Christians comprise less than 5% of Taiwan. But, according to a recent Washington Post story that read more like a commentary, they are the main obstacle to Taiwan's becoming Asia's first country to ratify same sex marriage.
Schultz argues the Religious Left includes a much wider variety of religion, race and ethnicity. He's maybe, sort of, right, but there's more to it.
There is some opposition to New York pastor Tim Keller speaking at Princeton Seminary on April 6 because his denomination doesn't ordain women or LGBTQ people.
On March 3-4 I attended the Wesleyan Theological Society's annual meeting, featuring scores of distinguished scholars, and gathered this year at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. It was a wonderful experience that highlighted the ongoing vitality of orthodox Wesleyan thought.