Leftists, Right-Wingers and the Human Space Between

January 23, 2017Politics

Treating someone like they’re the physical (or digital) embodiment of a political platform is an absolute farce. Want to know about someone’s political mindset? Ask her questions like she’s a whole person. Critique him like he’s a person. Just don’t ask someone to personally answer for, apologize for or justify your limited interpretation of a … Read More

White Supremacy and Me

November 26, 2016Justice, Politics, Race, Reconciliation

White supremacy is rarely direct. That’s part of why so few of us believe we have any kind of relationship to it. But bad ideas, like all ideas, evolve and adapt over time. Good and bad ideas, if they evolve to become part of our regular living, tend to become “invisible” or “baked in,” so … Read More

Media Bias, Hatred and Empathy

November 4, 2016Justice, Politics, Reconciliation, Teaching

The media is biased. Now, let’s put aside the more nuanced reality that there is no “Media” in the sense that there is no singular, monolithic “MediaBeast” that can effectively, collectively or helpfully be critiqued. Let’s agree that there are, instead, thousands (maybe tens of thousands?) of news outlets and platforms, each rooted in and sifting information through its … Read More

@ Sea Podcast #8: Katelyn Beaty

October 14, 2016Christianity, Podcast, Politics, Reconciliation

My guest on episode 8 is author and journalist Katelyn Beaty. Christianity Today made Katelyn the first female managing editor in the magazine’s 60-year history. She also happened to be the youngest managing editor during that same time span.  Earlier this year, she released her first book, Entitled “A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for … Read More

Springsteen, HB2 and the Power of Art

April 14, 2016Good Music, Leadership, Politics

Bruce Springsteen was scheduled to play a show in Greensboro, NC this past weekend. In light of the passing of HB2, a law he feels (as many do) “attacks the rights of LGBT citizens,” The Boss canceled his only North Carolina date this year. Of that decision he writes, “It is the strongest means I have for … Read More

Leadership, Culture-Making and Donald Trump

March 15, 2016Leadership, Politics

The attempt to distance Donald Trump from the violence and anger that has become characteristic of his rallies suggests a significant gap in our understanding and expectation of leadership. Yes, I am responsible for my actions as an adult individual. But I am also thankful for the leaders in my life, current and past, who have … Read More