Category Archives: Written Reflections

Missiology, Ministry and Missed Opportunities: Words about the Larycia Hawkins controversy

Like many of you, I’ve been following the Larycia Hawkins controversy very closely. Hawkins is the tenured professor at Wheaton College who decided to wear a hijab during the season of Advent as a display of solidarity with Muslims. During Dr. Hawkins’ time of solidarity, she publicly declared on her Facebook page that she viewed… Read More »

Regarding Charleston: Let’s All Stop Praying for a While

I’m certain you’ve heard the news by now. Nine Black people were murdered last night at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church in Charleston, South Carolina. The gunman, a White man, reportedly attended Bible study and prayed with his victims before launching into a tirade about how Black people are “taking over the country” and… Read More »

We Need A Different Way of Understanding Evil

I lead a religion book club that has been very enthusiastically reading The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics, by Princeton professor Elaine Pagels. Using what she calls “a social history of Satan,” Dr. Pagels explains how gospel authors intensified “the satan’s” relatively benign Hebrew Bible character to create the being… Read More »