Jihad For Peace

Jihad For Peace

“What is ‘jihad?’” one of the Christian women asked. We were gathered in the basement of the masjid, a handful of Christian women among more than a dozen Muslimas of all ages and n ...

Zero Tolerance

Zero Tolerance

As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me.” The speaker is testifying before the President ...

The Theology of a Biker Gang

The Theology of a Biker Gang

  Five rival biker gangs descended upon a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on Sunday. Hundreds of gang members began stabbing, beating, and shooting each other. Weapons in ...

Under The Sea

Under The Sea

Because of Walt Disney's “The Little Mermaid”, my daughter has always wanted to be a mermaid herself. (Sorry Sweetie, I am not King Triton; I can’t change your legs into a fin.) Th ...

Drug Addiction, the Problem with Free Will, and God’s Unconditional Love

Drug Addiction, the Problem with Free Will, and God’s Unconditional Love

She sobbed as she sat across the table from me. As a community chaplain who ministers in public spaces, I’ve grow accustomed to these moment. In fact, as heartbreaking as they are, ...

Boston And Beyond: On Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, The Prison Industrial Complex, and Restorative Justice

Boston And Beyond: On Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, The Prison Industrial Complex, and Restorative Justice

For Christians, the way we treat not only victims, but also those accused of crimes, reflects our recognition of our call to forgive as we are forgiven. We have an obligation to co ...

Book Feature Friday: Life-Changing Graduation Gifts

Book Feature Friday: Life-Changing Graduation Gifts

In addition to being Mother's Day, last Sunday was also the date of Wheaton College's 156th "Commencement," and that has me thinking about vocation.  As the term connotes, graduati ...

Zero Tolerance

As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me.” The speaker is testifying before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He was a high school freshman at the time. Ah, school days! “Before I could explain why I more ...

May 21, 2015 (2) comments

Under The Sea

Because of Walt Disney's “The Little Mermaid”, my daughter has always wanted to be a mermaid herself. (Sorry Sweetie, I am not King Triton; I can’t change your legs into a fin.) The film follows the story of a free-spirited mermaid named Ariel. She is an autodidact of sorts—teaching herself about the human wo more ...

May 19, 2015 (1) comments

Jihad For Peace

“What is ‘jihad?’” one of the Christian women asked. We were gathered in the basement of the masjid, a handful of Christian women among more than a dozen Muslimas of all ages and nationalities. The sisters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Glen Ellyn, IL were hosting a women’s interfaith fellowship event c more ...

May 21, 2015 (4) comments

Unless We Change: Children Lead the Way to Peace

"Unless you change and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom heaven." (Matt 18:3) Jesus spoke these words as a response to a question from his disciples. Which of us, they demanded to know, was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus must have been struck by the contrast between his rivalr more ...

May 14, 2015 (1) comments

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