Better Political Conversations…

Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values — typically a source of division — can also be used to bring people together. Willer shares compelling insights on how we might bridge the ideological divide and offers some intuitive advice on ways to be more persuasive when talking politics.

Better Political Conversations…

If You Can Keep It…

Now that the 2016 election is behind us (but much of the division and debate is still ongoing), I would recommend Eric Metaxas’ If You Can Keep It:  The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty.  Though I do not endorse every aspect of this book, his understanding of the “golden triangle”, his teaching on love for country, and his interpretation on the separation of church and state are well worth the price of the book.  The author also has much to say on the Great Awakening as well as our need to recapture the concept of local and national heroes (rituals and tradition).  Check it out and let me know what you think.

If You Can Keep It…

Alexander Hamilton…

One of my goals is to read one biography on each U.S. President.  Though Alexander Hamilton was never elected to the Oval Office, he is one of the most influential of the founding fathers.

Interest in his life has never been higher with the release of the highly-acclaimed (and recently-controversial) Broadway play based on his life.  I would highly recommend Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton.  Hamilton is a classic example of being at the right place at the wrong time.  He very well could have been leader of the Union if only he was not alive during the height of Washington’s popularity.  However, even in the second-chair, he highly influenced the first few elections of our nation.  Check out a copy and let me know what you think.

Alexander Hamilton…

A Divided America…

How can the US recover after the negative, partisan presidential election of 2016? Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the morals that form the basis of our political choices. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, he describes the patterns of thinking and historical causes that have led to such sharp divisions in America — and provides a vision for how the country might move forward.

A Divided America…

Jesus is Not Returning on the Air Force One…

The Kingdom of God will not arrive on Air Force OneChuck Colson

To all those who are still undecided or who have not yet voted, the 2016 presidential election is less than a week away.  Finally, an end to what has been a disappointing and disgusting process (truly lacking both character and conviction).  How did we get here?

As a pastor, I am careful not to endorse a specific candidate.  My heart is to reach anyone and everyone with the gospel.  Politics can be so divisive – I do not want anything getting in the way of an opportunity of introducing someone to Jesus.  I trust, after someone encounters Christ and is transformed by his Spirit, that they will then be compelled to be a good citizen in their own context (that spiritual maturity impacts every area of our life).

Rather, I have included several different perspectives that I hope will assist you in making a prayerful and informed choice.  Some of my closest and trusted friends are unable to vote conscience.  This is a viable option at times (and not all individuals who lean this way are necessarily a part of the “Never Trump” movement).  Not voting because you are too lazy to register or uneducated on the platforms is inexcusable.  Protesting both parties and the candidates that they nominated is another story.  Little of what I have witnessed from this election will ever make America great again (let alone the Republican Party).  I am unapologetically pro-life (from the womb to the tomb – whether that life is innocent or guilty).  There are serious concerns in regards to future Supreme Court nominations.  However, many early Pentecostals were pacifists in a day when many of them were directly affected by injustices such as racial segregation and women’s suffrage.

That being said, I’ve come across good cases from other Christ followers on why to vote for Trump and even a few on behalf of Clinton.  Just as I said eight years ago, respect others and their differing convictions while praying for the leaders who are elected (whether you voted for them or not).  Regardless of what occurs next TuesdayJesus is still King.

Jesus is Not Returning on the Air Force One…

Immigration Strengthens Democracy…

In politics, representation matters — and that’s why we should elect leaders who reflect their country’s diversity and embrace its multicultural tapestry, says Sayu Bhojwani. Through her own story of becoming an American citizen, the immigration scholar reveals how her love and dedication to her country turned into a driving force for political change. “We have fought to be here,” she says, calling immigrant voices to action. “It’s our country, too.”

Immigration Strengthens Democracy…