Three Reasons Why Christianity in the U.S. Works Better as Critic than Cheerleader
: In his newest blog post, Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend writes, "It is not just good law that leaders of religious organizations, speaking for their organizations, are forbidden to endorse candidates. It is good theology. Christianity in a democracy works better as a critical, transformative force than it does as an endorser or enforcer of governing policy."
The Color of Your Christ
: Coupling an evangelistic agenda with a national distribution system and, as the 19th century progressed, with a (sometimes very explicit) racial agenda, images of Jesus multiplied. Jesus went from shrouded in white to being very white, Caucasian, Northern European.
July Fourth: Two Christian Visions of the U.S.
: Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend juxtaposes two broad versions, composite sketches, of Christian-informed visions for what the U.S. should be. He thinks you’ll see how the visions also express competing judgments about where the U.S. is and needs to go.
Love, Anger, and Christian Practice
: Some Christians believe anger and love are incompatible. Some are more angry than loving, and some have figured out how to use their anger in the service of love.
Anger and a Methodist Stove
: Given the fact that all of us get angry, and all of us start with the assumption that my anger is justified, what do we—as citizens of the same nation, or as co-religionists—do with all that anger?