Faith does not need dominance

I guess I have to say it again.

Recently I’ve seen some posts on social media from folks and from groups who are expressing their fear that Christians and the Christian faith are somehow under “attack” and the precious truths of the Christian religion are being erased, forgotten, or even…

When white people decide they “know” the Black experience

Recently I was invited into a conversation about something I’m interested in, even though I was not originally included. The topic was race (I know — quelle surprise) and the people included were white or Black. …

How we see Jesus is how we obey Jesus

So a local church sent out letters to their parishioners about how to file for a religious exemption for vaccinations. This is the church that went to court (with other churches) to stop the government from applying health protocols to larger gatherings.

I can understand that some people might not…

We choose to be frightened of imaginary threats

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the newest bogeyman, useful to rile people up. Most of the opponents are reacting viscerally to something that isn’t CRT at all.

CRT is about systems, not individuals. Systems are developed as shortcuts for lengthy processes so that we don’t spend all our time trying…

Don’t be surprised when you find what you are looking for

I have friends who ask me “But what can I do as a white person to fight racism?”

I will answer with a story and then a question. First, the story. Note, however, that I’m raised and discipled as a Christian, so my stories come from the life of Jesus.

We are more certain of fear than we are of facts

Much ink will be spilled in the next few months or even years about the topic of Critical Race Theory (CRT), both by those who think they support it and those who think they oppose it. We are going to hear the wildest claims about what it is, how it…

It’s time for actions, not gestures

Am I happy that Juneteenth will be a national holiday?

Sure! It’s great news!

But something I’ve learned about protests is that power does not give anything away without protest and action, and power, when it does give something away, gives something that will affect its power the least. Every…

How Evangelicals hide the truths of their own history

I am fortunate to have people in my life who see me and who hold me accountable. …

Seeing ourselves as others see us


This is the book that every white Evangelical should read. …

Religious liberty is not the freedom to force a religion

Recently I was minding my own business reading a Facebook post by someone for whom I have the highest regard. Ally Henny is a magna cum laude graduate with a Masters of Divinity degree from Fuller Christian seminary. …

stephen matlock

Writer; observer; sometimes doer. Fiat justitia ruat cælum. More at Mostly off Medium now & writing elsewhere

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