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Momany: The real battle

In The most intense battles we ever fight are the ones within our hearts. We may try to avoid language of conflict, but confrontation is real – perhaps most real in our own person. What values will animate our hearts, our minds, and our actions? During this time of conflict within many church organizations (not […]

Faith Lived Out: My three stages of ministry

Conscientious folk have already reminded us that April is the anniversary of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s martyrdom. Bonhoeffer was a follower of Jesus who listened to God instead of the Nazis during World War II. For his faithfulness, he was hanged in April 1945. Reflection led me to my favorite Bonhoeffer quote, from his brief but […]

Why the “intrinsic worth” of people is a big deal

Recently I listened to a public radio interview with author Adam Cohen. Cohen has written a book about the “eugenics” movement in America and the way it created a culture of forced sterilization. According to well-documented research, somewhere around 60,000 people were involuntarily sterilized because they were deemed “feebleminded.” This early-twentieth century movement considered itself […]

Momany: Flint water “crisis” sign of the times

I am not a Socialist. Seriously. I have never been impressed with government policies that treat people as interchangeable cogs in some machine. Most especially, I do not believe that God created humanity to be treated in this manner. The witness of Genesis, interpreted in various ways, teaches that human beings are created in God’s […]

Commentary: Each Person Another Self

I spent my earliest years in a troubled, rust-belt city that was plagued by economic depression and racial tension. Ironically, they were some of the best times of my life, if only because of the courage displayed by a variety of people looking for a more loving way. At one point, when I was about […]

Commentary: Voices of History

I sometimes tell people that I do what I do for the young adults around me and for the folks up in the graveyard. In other words, I love to work with college students, and I love history, especially the courage of those who served God faithfully over the ages. This description of my vocation […]

Momany: It’s time for a new personalism

A few years ago, our college held a symposium on the Underground Railroad tradition. We are located in southeastern Michigan, with a history of pre-Civil War antislavery activism. Near the end of the symposium, participants considered the meaning this legacy holds for today. One person observed that her local congregation needed improvement regarding issues of […]

Law and Grace and History

Anymore, I believe very little that so-called experts try to tell me about the “millennial” generation. I appreciate what people say about themselves but not necessarily what acclaimed analysts tell me about someone else. There may be an irony in here somewhere. The young adults with whom I work as a chaplain and college professor […]

Wanted: Good Theology (COMMENTARY)

I opened a popular church publication last week and actually read an argument claiming that the widening gap in wealth among people is a good thing. My first instinct was to react from a social justice perspective, and that would not be incorrect. Yet further reflection moved me to conclude that such a claim is […]

We the People (COMMENTARY)

It has been quite a summer for human rights and human dignity. A very brutal summer, and a summer of hope. The Supreme Court has changed the way we talk about equality in America. A lost and murderous young man has broken our hearts in a Charleston Church. And that flag. It has been a […]