Interrogating Power: A Meditation on Love, Bombs, and the Resurrection

Contemplating Power I have been contemplating power lately. Power. Our last election was a shake-up in power, and much of the political debate during the election focused on what does or does not make our country powerful. Power. We have also experienced many protests lately, and in these protests, it seems that power confronts and … Continue reading Interrogating Power: A Meditation on Love, Bombs, and the Resurrection

Five Really Good Things the President Taught Me (In Spite of Himself)

This was me after the 2016 election. Also me. It got really bad in late January and February.  I started doing things like this. And this. I turned into a churning stew of anxiety, anger, fear, and melancholy. I wanted to do something. To change something. I wanted to help. To make things better. But … Continue reading Five Really Good Things the President Taught Me (In Spite of Himself)

How President Trump’s Attack on the Media Undermines Our Ability to Be Brave and to Think Critically

I consider myself extremely fortunate because all of my life I have been exposed to a wonderful variety of both conservative and liberal ideas. It has made me a better thinker and a more brave and loving person. I grew up in a large, conservative and republican family. My grandpa idolized Ronald Regan, and when … Continue reading How President Trump’s Attack on the Media Undermines Our Ability to Be Brave and to Think Critically

The Politics of Force and the Strange Work of Love: On the Power To Be In Trumpland

Donald Trump’s election has troubled me profoundly, and I have not always been able to articulate why. It is not just the troubling language that dominated Trump’s campaign, although this is definitely a significant concern. It is not just that my preferred candidate didn’t win the election. My preferred candidate has lost an election in … Continue reading The Politics of Force and the Strange Work of Love: On the Power To Be In Trumpland

Rene Girard, Donald Trump, and How I Got My Advent Groove Back

I have a confession: In the past, I haven’t liked the season of Advent very much. This is a bummer because I am Christian, and I feel like I should like Advent. I mean, Advent is the time of the year when we anticipate the birth of the Christ Child—the Christ who takes away the … Continue reading Rene Girard, Donald Trump, and How I Got My Advent Groove Back