What Target’s Troubles Indicate About Politics, Markets & the Future of the American Christian Church

Until recently, the fact that a very small minority of the American population felt like they were not equals was a subject of debate but not much else. With the SCOTUS decision to legitimize same-sex marriage in 2015 this all changed as sexuality was suddenly shifted from a matter of personal preference, to an orientation which required protection under the 14th Amendment… Most recently, Target chose to set the precedent of publicly announcing that their bathrooms had never been and would never be restricted to only those people whose biology (sex) lined up with the sign on the door; but that for them restroom usage is based on the individuals gender identity… The response to this has implications for Politics, Markets and the Future of the American Christian Church.

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Socialism, Capitalism & The Bible

Think of this as a primer rather than an exhaustive essay. But around the world right now there is an ever growing antagonism between self proclaimed socialists and capitalists, with people on both sides appealing for support from the masses. But too often the American Christian Church is pulled into these arguments without having really considered all of the nuances at play and that is a dangerous thing… are the economics of the Kingdom of God. This is the Way of the Cross.

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Just How Messed Up Are We: Making Sense of Sin & Depravity

As I have written of previously (cf. Can Men Be Good Without God), the questions of the origin of evil and the extent to which Man himself is evil are big questions which people have been discussing for generations. The biggest problem that Followers of the Way of the Cross have faced with trying to make sense of these questions of Sin and Depravity, is that our experiences are inconsistent and therefore often do not line up with popular Christian teaching on the matter, which tends to either oversimplify or overlook reality.

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What do American Politics and Alice in Wonderland have in common?

As we descend further into the rabbit hole this US election year, I find myself more and more disappointed in the candidates vying for the presidency. This seems to be the year of the juvenile, with every candidate apparently convinced that the American people have so embraced the psychosis of perpetual adolescence that the only way to earn votes is to lower the bar accordingly… All of which begs the perennial question, how should Followers of the Way of the Cross interact with a world gone so mad that reason and civility seem to be all but lost?

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Misrepresenting God: Politics, Popular Culture and the Bible

Today there seems to be a growing desire to show how forward thinking one’s self is by setting themselves in opposition to the Judeo-Christian scriptures.
Case in point, recently the President of the United States was speaking at a conference at Georgetown University where they were having a dialogue about how to address the issues of poverty. Now I am far from agreeing with everything said but I will leave politics to others, my concern is with one of the early statements made by the president when he remarked that,
“it’s important when it comes to dealing with issues of poverty for us to guard against cynicism, and not buy the idea that the poor will always be with us and there’s nothing we can do — because there’s a lot we can do.”

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