The Provision of Health Insurance by Religious Employers

I'm a big advocate of the separation of church and state. Knowing this, the other day someone asked me how I felt about the controvery surrounding health care, contraception, and religious employers. Here's my line of thought: The government has an interest in guaranteeing non-discriminatory access to health care coverage. Medical contraception is part ofContinue reading “The Provision of Health Insurance by Religious Employers”

A Prayer for Memorial Day

I noticed that in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the worship book of my church, there are no specific prayers for Memorial Day or the occasion of remembering those who died in service to our country. There are prayers for the armed forces and for our nation's leaders and other related topics, but nothing that quited seemedContinue reading “A Prayer for Memorial Day”

Bustin’ Unions, or Bustin’ Faith? Why Diana Butler Bass is wrong about Scott Walker

I'm a bit shocked that Diana Butler Bass makes an unfair and unwarranted attack on Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, assulting the supposed role of his faith in his confrontation with state Senate Democrats and the government employee unions. If she wants to write a piece critiquing his policies and politics, that's fine … butContinue reading “Bustin’ Unions, or Bustin’ Faith? Why Diana Butler Bass is wrong about Scott Walker”

Is Jesus a liberal Democrat? Really?

"Jesus is a liberal Democrat." So says Steven Colbert, the wise-cracking comedian who gives a regular dose of God to a generation that is largely absent from the pews, mostly by revealing the hypocrisy of Christian conservatives.  In last evening's show, he takes aim at his favorite target, Bill O'Reilly. The Colbert Report Mon –Continue reading “Is Jesus a liberal Democrat? Really?”

The Longstanding American Ambivalence about Christ at Christmas

Cries to “put Christ back in Christmas” ring somewhat hollow, for Christ has had an uncertain relationship with public Christmas celebrations from the very start of our American Christmas traditions.