The Slough of Despond

The Slough of Despond

Recent events in the Special Counsel investigation, reactions coming out of the White House  and continual denials of any wrong doing have brought to mind something 17th century British clergyman John Bunyan called “the Slough of Despond.”  In 1678 John Bunyan...
America: A Lie or a Vision?

America: A Lie or a Vision?

In this blog entry I share thoughts have been brewing in me for a while. There are some harsh words I have to say about the atrocities in our nation’s history that too often are glossed over or completely ignored. While in the end I come out on the side of hope for...
The Problem is Not Trump, Its Us

The Problem is Not Trump, Its Us

Could WE be the Problem? The recent series of gaffes, insults and “mis-statements” by President Trump have brought another round of calls for action by Democrats, and muted criticisms coupled with deliberate inaction by embarrassed Republicans. Talk shows from Fox...
An Open Letter to Jeff Sessions

An Open Letter to Jeff Sessions

Dear Attorney General Sessions, I was deeply offended by your recent letter in the Philadelphia Inquirer criticizing Philadelphia for being a “sanctuary city,’ and even more, I was outraged at the way you characterized undocumented immigrants as “criminal aliens.” You...
A Change in Paradigm for Christian Higher Ed

A Change in Paradigm for Christian Higher Ed

For over 20 years I have taught at a Christian (read “evangelical Protestant”), faith-based university. During that time, I have lived through several changes in leadership, as well as many personal and institutional ups and downs.  Today, like most small...
Thank you James Cone

Thank you James Cone

On April 28, 2018 Dr. James Cone passed away at the age of 81. While I only met him once very briefly, his writings have deeply influenced my theological thinking. In 1975 as a senior in college at Duke University I took a course called “Black Religion.” At that time...