Alien Citizens: Karl Barth, Eberhard Arnold, and Why the Church Is Political

In Resident Aliens, their influential 1989 book, Will Willimon and co-author Stanley Hauerwas laid out a bracing vision of how to live Christianly in contemporary society. Where can Christians find guidance in the challenging times ahead? Plough asked the retired United Methodist bishop, now a Duke Divinity School professor, for his insights. This story was originally published with PloughContinue reading “Alien Citizens: Karl Barth, Eberhard Arnold, and Why the Church Is Political”

An Appeal to Christians Regarding President-Elect Donald Trump

This Appeal can be read in its entirety and supported at In these times of difficult conversations and sometimes fractious words, we celebrate the political diversity of our churches. We are thankful that the U.S. church is not beholden to any political party. Since November’s presidential election some in the American church have rejoiced thatContinue reading “An Appeal to Christians Regarding President-Elect Donald Trump”

Writing to King Herod: An Open Letter from Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

While I was sitting in my office writing my piece on “Troubled Herod,” unknown to me Jonathan-Wilson Hartgrove was in Wake County Jail writing a letter to Herod.  Through the efforts of thousands of North Carolina Christians like Jonathan, we have at last been delivered of the infamous “bathroom bill” and a Governor who hasContinue reading “Writing to King Herod: An Open Letter from Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove”

Pastoral Care for the Holiday Blues, 2016

Seasoned pastors know to be prepared, this time of year, to minister to the so-called “Holiday Blues,” “December Depression,” that ennui that occurs in many people who feel let down during Christmas. While others are celebrating the Nativity full of joy to the world, Holiday Blues sufferers feel the pain of some recent loss, orContinue reading “Pastoral Care for the Holiday Blues, 2016”

The Sole Comfort In Life And Death

This past week I lost my good friend and long-time encouragement, Dr. Keith Brodie.  I was Keith’s pastor for a number of years when I was at Duke Chapel.  He was my advocate and encouragement in my scholarship and publication.  Some of you know the challenge of preaching at a memorial service when one isContinue reading “The Sole Comfort In Life And Death”