A Eulogy for Jerry Umanos (Or What Baptism REALLY Means)

I just recently moved to the North Lawndale neighborhood. Jerry Umanos was someone who had been intimately connected to the “Lawndale Miracle.” Jerry had, for the past few years, felt Continue Reading →

Ultimatums, Interpretations and an Old World Vision

I had originally started working on this piece in the wake of World Visions decision to allow gay and lesbian persons to work at their U.S. branch. But WV has Continue Reading →

(Con)Tending for the Gospel: Part 4 – How to Tend To the Gospel

Contending versus Tending… So far we’ve come to understand the Gospel as an organic, dynamic garden that has content and dynamism. It is at the same time both transcendent (beyond Continue Reading →

Political Manifesto (Lessons with Dr. Scot McKnight)

For those who follow the blog, they know I am a first year seminarian at Northern Theological Seminary. For those who are disciples of Dr. Scot McKnight, they know that he teaches Continue Reading →

Jihad: A Struggle Within

Violence and the religion of Islam have become almost synonymous during the post 9/11 era.[1] The aftermath of this tragic event has resulted in paranoia and fear for both Muslims Continue Reading →

The Hope of the Lost Son: Non-Violent Forgiveness

Here’s my idea: The story often called, The Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:11-32), can actually be read as a story about a father’s response to the violence done against Continue Reading →

Jesus the Heretic? – Capital Punishment & Christianity.

Just weeks ago, the state of Texas executed its 500th prisoner since 1976. The executed was a 52 year old African-American woman named Kimberly McCarthy who was put to death Continue Reading →