Changed Hearts Change the World

“Changing the human heart and changing human society are not separate tasks, but are as interconnected as the two beams of the cross.” Henri Nouwen Social radicalism apart from faith “has been like a cut flower without nourishment, without any sanctions deeper than human courage and good intentions.” Walter Brueggemann[i] For the first three hundred …

A Foot-Washing Troublemaker

Jesus, our prototypical Subversive, was a culture-changing, foot-washing troublemaker! Instead of royal symbols of sword and chariot he chose a servant’s basin and towel. He had all the power of heaven at his disposal, but rather than vaunting himself to dominate, he bent low to wash the feet of those who should’ve been washing his. …

Bonhoeffer on Trump: A Postmortem Interview (Part 3 of 4)

Barney: Welcome back to the show, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Author, pastor, activist, and martyr. Bonhoeffer: Thank you. Glad to be here. Barney: We left our discussion last week comparing your historical context with our hysterical one––hysterical, not in the sense of humorous, but as in bizarre, even manic. Everyday we 21st Century Americans wake up to …

Confronting Compulsive Consuming (Part 3)

"Beat it! The country's full!"  Full of what? "Today consumerism determines what is important. Consuming relationships, consuming friendships, consuming religions, consuming, consuming... We have turned our society into a huge multicultural showcase tied only to the tastes of certain 'consumers', while so many others only 'eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table'.” Pope …

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