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Has the Bonhoeffer Moment Finally Arrived?

Stephen R. Haynes | Posted 11.30.2016 | Religion
Stephen R. Haynes

Not too long ago, political events in our country led a sector of the American population to conclude that a cultural apocalypse was looming. The nati...

Aid the Immigrants in the Age of Trump

Steve Gertz | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Steve Gertz

There's no doubt about it. The election of Donald Trump as America's president-elect has unleashed a new spate of xenophobia. At the university campus...

Elephants, Grass, And Suffering: A Lutheran Homily For Election Season

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 10.25.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

"When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers". This proverb from Kenya is as true and relevant today as when the words were first spoken, perhaps thousands of years ago. When the most powerful among us conflict, the most vulnerable ultimately endure the most.

Then and Now: Bonhoeffer's Germany IV

Michael Jinkins | Posted 05.18.2016 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

One of the most lamentable stories in all the history of Christianity must be the failure of the church in Germany to stand not only against Hitler and the Nazi movement, but to stand against the things that allowed fascism to flourish in Germany.

A Deafening Silence: Bonhoeffer's Germany III

Michael Jinkins | Posted 05.12.2016 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

The phrase "a deafening silence," gets used a good bit these days, usually to describe a situation when something ought to be said but isn't. But on the evening of February 1, 1933, a "deafening silence" really did echo across Germany.

God is with Us?: Bonhoeffer's Germany II

Michael Jinkins | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

"Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all." (Edmund Burke, 1727-1797) Perhaps there is nothing quite as seductive as the idea ...

Christians Called to Resist Trump's Bigotry

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The press is concerned with polls and primaries, numbers of delegates, and the reporter's hopes for exciting contested conventions. But many faith leaders are concerned with the moral quality of our national discourse -- how much fear, division, and even hate are dominating over trust, compassion, and even love.

How Could This Happen? Bonhoeffer's Germany

Michael Jinkins | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

Many commentators have observed, with amazement, Hitler's rise to power. They have wondered how a man regarded by so many as a clown and a buffoon was elected.

Whither America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.01.2017 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The start of this New Year finds America at an inflection point as wars and terrorism abroad are echoed in violence, suspicion, and fear at home. How will we meet the moment?

The "Bonhoeffer Moment" Is Here: Now What?

Stephen R. Haynes | Posted 07.05.2016 | Religion
Stephen R. Haynes

Back in March, conservative Christian activists began to worry aloud that the U.S. Supreme Court might vote to legalize gay marriage. On a conference call with like-minded leaders, Rick Scarborough announced that such a decision would constitute a "Bonhoeffer moment in America."

Ministry Is Not Safe

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 07.07.2016 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

Ministry often seems like a very placid vocation. We engage with congregants as they heal from their surgeries. We attend birthday parties and anniversary celebrations, officiate weddings, and baptize babies and adults.

What Is the Cost of Grace in Charleston? Obama, Bonhoeffer, and America's Soul

Travis Knoll | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Travis Knoll

Whatever our differences, Christian Americans should lend our ears, if not to Obama's call to our natures' better angels, at least to God's call for universal self-sacrifice and self-reflection on the whole range of pressing moral issues facing America.

Southern Baptist Compares Marriage Equality to Nazi Persecution

James Peron | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

To compare their anti-rights campaign to Bonhoeffer's pro-rights campaign is laughable. It merely indicates they are as prone to twisting history, as they do the Bible, to justify their own deep-rooted prejudices.

Christianity 101

Cindy Brandt | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

In this broken world with imperfect people, we do often lose our greatest loves. Wives walk away from husbands. Children turn their backs on parents. Faithful members exit the doors of church.

Jesus Died in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For all the accolades poured out upon Jesus, little is said about the harsh realities of the police state in which he lived and its similarities to modern-day America, and yet they are striking.

Metaxas On Miracles

Mark Joseph | Posted 02.11.2015 | Books
Mark Joseph

Eric Metaxas has had a varied career as a biographer, children's author, humorist, talk show host and the creator of Socrates in the City a salon type program which has featured dozens of thinkers in conversation with Metaxas.

Is Living With Torture a Part of Fate?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

This inescapably leads me to the towering figure of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the great moral figures of our time.

Rachel Weeping: A Christian Pacifist Reluctantly Endorses Military Strikes Against ISIS

Kerry Walters | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Kerry Walters

It's time for Christians to follow Dietrich Bonhoeffer's example when it comes to ISIS. We Christians should pray for peace, we should support nonviolent relief work with money and sweat, and we should open our homes and communities to refugees.

Spit or Swallow? A Gay Christian Challenge to Lukewarm Christian Moderates as the Supreme Court Swings Right

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Where education and "dialogue" with lukewarm Christian "allies" continues to be a one-sided effort to which only LGBTQ Christians and a handful of outspoken allies contribute, perhaps it's time to recognize what Jesus taught in the parable of the sower.

Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gay?

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Balley | Posted 07.04.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) A new biography is raising questions about the life and relationships of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an anti-Nazi dissident whose theological ...

A Love Stronger Than 'Sirens'

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

Jesus is the highest revelation of divine love but he is also -- we neglect this -- human love made perfect. He invites us, as his human brothers and sisters, to participate by grace in the perfections of his singular brand of self-sacrificial love.

Too Great a Mystery for One Day

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 02.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

How can gratitude for this gift be confined to a day or a season? Every moment -- all our breaths -- ought to resound with praise for this radical identification of God with us.

Self-Help and the Gospel

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

The problem with the self-help gospel is that it expects nothing from us. In the end, it leaves us unfulfilled. And it stands far removed from what it means to live in Christ.

What I Learned About Social Justice From The Higgs Boson

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

I don't often get to say that I feel like Moses, but I did at one point in the past year. There was a discovery made this summer of epic proportions, one that is going to change, we are told, the face of physics and perhaps our entire understanding of the universe.

Ryanomics Assault on Poor and Hungry Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Ryanomics is not only poor arithmetic, it is also poor morality and gross injustice which turns upside down the requirements of all great faiths to protect the poor and vulnerable.