Review: The End of White Christian America

The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones is a difficult book to summarize briefly. It’s essentially a history book and it has a ton of research data. I’m not much for formal reviews anymore. I did that during seminary, and I’m glad those days are over. But here are a few thoughts. This book is from 2016, and it was released before President Trump was elected. It’s a book about, well, white Christians in America. What is “White Christian America”? The author uses the term to describe the domain (think realm or even kingdom) of white Protestants in … Continue reading Review: The End of White Christian America

Civic Holidays and the Church

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Churches all over the country are asking what they should do to honor veterans who have served in the U.S. military. Should we build the whole service around it? Should we give them a standing ovation? Should we say nothing? Let me share my perspective on how the gathered church should handle Memorial Day weekend and other civic holidays. I’m an old Millennial (born in 1984), so I probably have different thoughts on this than pastors and Christians in the Boomer and perhaps even Gen X generations. Much of my perspective is born out of this … Continue reading Civic Holidays and the Church

Where We’ve Been Swimming Lately

A week ago I emailed my wife at work after I read a passage from the book of Luke.  Here’s what I read: Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (12:33-34). And here’s what I wrote: I don’t want to be one of those guys who meets Jesus face-to-face and says, “I thought that was a metaphor.” Carly and I have … Continue reading Where We’ve Been Swimming Lately

Blood:Water Mission

One of my favorite ministries is Blood:Water Mission.  Their mission is simple: Empower communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crisis.  They were founded by the band Jars of Clay.  Here’s a taste of what they are all about: IT’S A BEAUTIFUL STORY. We’re a group of passionate people who have been inspired by our friends in Africa, friends who face unbearable challenges from the HIV/AIDS and water crises. We creatively and thoughtfully raise awareness and the necessary funds for the provision of clean blood and clean water in sub-Saharan Africa. Blood:Water Mission first stepped into funding a late … Continue reading Blood:Water Mission

Some facts about 1909

As the past year closed, Listverse gave some interesting facts about what America was like 100 years ago.  From their website: In 1909 none of these things had been invented: zippers, band-aids, traffic lights, bubble gum, penicillin, sunglasses, ballpoint pens, shopping carts, nylon stockings, kitty litter, and milk cartons. In the US there were about 230 reported murders and the average life expectancy was 47. An accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year and a dentist $2,500. The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year, but sugar only cost four cents a pound and eggs were just … Continue reading Some facts about 1909