Author Archives: Jason

“the promise of the church today”

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Lo, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” (Lk 17.20-21). Church community may seem … Continue reading

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Wisdom from the 12 Steps: “we were helpless against it”

  Note: Here’s another attempt I made at translating my grandfather’s little A.A. book into a message for people who have too much privilege (this time about whiteness). See my previous posts for more examples … FEB. 27–A.A. Thought for the Day When we … Continue reading

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Willie Jennings: Can “White” People Be Saved

This lecture is so good: https://youtu.be/9wRvaG9j53g?t=8m33s. It’s about 45 min long (though the video continues with some question and answer). As I reflect, I’m reminded that Jesus said, “repent and believe the good news” (Mark 1:15). Sometimes we need to … Continue reading

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“why I follow Jesus”

My response to a friend’s question: I’ll weigh in on why I follow Jesus (and not another faith), though I need to slightly modify the question because monotheism seems way too abstract. Yes, I’m trying to “do the will of … Continue reading

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Rebekah Schulz-Jackson writing on “the true antidote to White supremacy”

I’ve been reflecting a lot recently — When you start down the road of anti-racist, anti-white-supremacist work as a white person, you think (or at least I did) that it’s about learning the correct lingo (political correctness) or making more … Continue reading

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Mark Van Steenwyk writing on “white fragility”

When you’re feeling defensive, it is pretty common to adamantly declare “I’m not being defensive.” Which is why so many folks don’t believe white fragility is a real thing. I get it. When someone challenges your views by suggesting that your … Continue reading

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Jin S. Kim speaks on White American’s “fetish for innocence”

Our nation’s origin in religious Utopianism, coupled with the myth of American Exceptionalism, the Manifest Destiny–that we were warring Europeans but now we are supreme White people in America–all of that mythology leads White Americans to have this permanent fetish … Continue reading

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Dallas Willard on Heaven and Hell

Here are two passages on the subject from The Divine Conspiracy: I know that, as far as forgiveness alone is concerned, the tenderness of God is far greater than we will ever understand on earth or perhaps elsewhere. That is … Continue reading

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Jayber Crow On Pilgrimage

“If you could do it, I suppose, it would be a good idea to live your life in a straight line – starting, say, in the Dark Wood of Error, and proceeding by logical steps through Hell and Purgatory and … Continue reading

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White Supremacy in the Age of Trump

Do you think Donald Trump got elected because liberals ignored white working class voters? I did to some extent too, but now I see my own blind spots reflected back. Read this essay for yourself. It’s long but…WOW. Ta-Nehisi Coates … Continue reading

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