The Pastoral Is Political: When the Cure Is Worse than the Disease

Wheaton College had a difficult decision to make: whether to obey the law of man, or the law of God. One would expect that a Christian college would obey the law of God, and that’s what they did. But they also didn’t want to incur the penalties associated with breaking the law of man, so… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: All Health Matters

I have recently been working on the issue of Medicaid Expansion in my state. With a group of other faithful people, representing 8 very different denominations, we headed to Juneau to raise this issue on moral grounds with our legislators. Other groups approach them frequently with numbers and estimates that may be based outdated studies… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Killing Goodness

This Sunday, my Episcopal congregation, like many Christian congregations, will celebrate a hybrid of Palm Sunday and the Sunday of the Passion. We will begin by welcoming the radical prophet’s triumphal entrance into our midst with cheers, waving of palm branches, and songs of “Hosanna, he comes!” By the end of the service we will… Read More