God’s Image or ours? God’s Laws or Ours?

It is tempting to present our own views, or even those collective views held by an entire society, as those ordained by God. It can be difficult to discern the difference between what is God’s intention for human flourishing and what is our normative presumptions formed by human culture. This is the case in today’s […]

Christians Must Stand with Refugees and Migrants

From a candidate who campaigned on wanting to make “America great again,” we’ve seen little in the first two weeks of his administration to suggest anything other than what many suspected in President Trump’s election slogan: a not-so-subtle nod to an era in which things were hardly ‘great’ for anyone other than a propertied, white, straight, male, […]

President Obama cites Pope Francis in State of the Union

In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated a call for an end to Islamophobia and cited Pope Francis’s address to the same legislative bodies last September in support of tolerance, openness, and respect for all faith. That’s why we need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. […]

Jesus to Us: Welcome Undocumented Immigrants and Refugees

It’s as if today’s readings were selected deliberately because of the current political discussions unfolding in debates and in the news media about immigrants and refugees. Each of our readings this Sunday could serve as a chapter of a handbook or a “reality check” for those who are prone to emphasize their own Christian faith […]