The First Thanksgiving In American Memory: Part 3

The First Thanksgiving In American Memory: Part 3

History is not the past self, but rather the “remembered past,” in the words of Christian historian John Lukacs. With this as our starting point, I teach my students to think of hi ...

Thanksgiving and a Theology of Despair

Thanksgiving and a Theology of Despair

Are you feeling pressure to be thankful? We are in the midst of the Thanksgiving season. I’m reminded everywhere I go to “Be thankful!” Well, call me the Scrooge of Thanksgiving, b ...

The First Thanksgiving in American Memory: Part 2

The First Thanksgiving in American Memory: Part 2

In my last post I began a quick sketch of how American memory of the First Thanksgiving has changed over time. And it definitely has changed, and changed dramatically. In every cla ...

Uncomplicated, In Afghanistan

Uncomplicated, In Afghanistan

On November 7, 2014, while visiting Kabul, The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, noted that NATO will soon launch a new chapter, a new non-combat mission in Afghanistan. ...

The First Thanksgiving in American Memory: Part 1

The First Thanksgiving in American Memory: Part 1

Editor's Note: In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, enjoy Dr. McKenzie's enlightening series on the first Thanksgiving in American Memory. An interviewer recently asked me to id ...

Ferguson and the “Us vs. Them” Illusion

Ferguson and the “Us vs. Them” Illusion

As the grand jury’s decision on whether nor not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson loomed, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told a TV reporter “he’s preparing for peace and war ...

Book Feature Friday: Interview With Frances Fuller, Author of “In Borrowed Houses”

Book Feature Friday: Interview With Frances Fuller, Author of “In Borrowed Houses”

About a month ago, I introduced Raven Foundation readers to a beautiful story which, I believe, models what it means to take being a member of the Body of Christ seriously. In Borr ...

The First Thanksgiving In American Memory: Part 3

History is not the past self, but rather the “remembered past,” in the words of Christian historian John Lukacs. With this as our starting point, I teach my students to think of history in terms of metaphors. Among other things, history is a story about the past that helps us to frame our lives. It functions more ...

November 26, 2014 (0) comments

Book Feature Friday: Changing Our Mind – Leading Evangelical Ethicist Calls for Full Inclusion

REPENT! Do shivers run down your spine when you hear that word? Well, there’s no getting around it – repent is an important biblical word. But as opposed to emphasizing how horrible we sinners are, the word simply means “Change your mind.” So, what happened when the leading American Evangelical ethicist repen more ...

November 14, 2014 (0) comments

Thanksgiving and a Theology of Despair

Are you feeling pressure to be thankful? We are in the midst of the Thanksgiving season. I’m reminded everywhere I go to “Be thankful!” Well, call me the Scrooge of Thanksgiving, but I’m just not feeling thankful. The more someone tells me to “Be thankful!” the more I feel a sense of despair. Be thankful? In more ...

November 25, 2014 (0) comments

On Being a Good Dad: Mimetic Desire, Toys, and How Not to Love Your Neighbor

I consider myself to be a good dad. And that’s where the problem began. One of the main reasons that I consider myself to be a good dad is that I buy my children really cool toys…that I get to play with… Well, a few years ago I bought them a toy rocket with a launch pad. When I…err…I mean *they*…stomp on the more ...

November 12, 2014 (0) comments

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