The Common Good

God's Politics Blog

America's Pervasive Pattern of Race-Based Medical Disparities

Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating African-Americans and other marginalized groups.
+Continue Reading

Why Poverty Persists in a World of Wealth

The forthcoming documentary The End of Poverty? opens with the question "Why does poverty persist in a world of growing wealth?" Through a seri
+Continue Reading

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 5

This video features three heroes of mine and courageous Christian leaders, Desmond Tutu, Wangari Maathai and Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, talking about the importance of climate justice for the poorest of the poor right across the continent of Africa.

091203-tutu-video

+Continue Reading

Attacking Our Mental Programming on Race

I'll tell you up front -- I'm going to talk about race. I know some are tired of hearing about it, and I think that's mainly because we've been hearing about it in the same ways for so long.
+Continue Reading

Governments, a Kingdom Agenda, and Reading Scripture Badly

A popular argument amongst political conservatives goes like this: while they grant that Scripture requires concern and care for the poor and marginalized, that concern is one to be addressed by in
+Continue Reading

Christmas is Supposed to Be Crusty

It's time to haul out the Christmas lights and stockings, Advent calendars, and odd-shaped Santa pillows from grandparents. Every year I sort of dread dragging all the chaos out of the basement.
+Continue Reading

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 6

This clip gave an Aussie kid like me who grew up on Midnight Oil goose bumps (embarrassingly I cried despite the cringe factor) and was very popular with students in our workshops because of the big name stars. ...

091202-beds-are-burning

+Continue Reading

Advent, Mary, and Sudan

The season of Advent always invites me to contemplate many facets of Christianity: the contrast between what God extols versus the world's values, the power of patience, and the strength of hope. While important in all times and places, each of these themes can especially speak this year to the current situation in Sudan.
+Continue Reading

Three Ways to Remind Hospitals Why They Exist

What to do as a Christian when presented with an injustice? I missed.
+Continue Reading

We Needed a New Approach in Afghanistan -- and This Isn't It

The decision by President Obama to send additional troops to Afghanistan saddens me. I believe it is a mistake, it is the wrong direction for U.S.
+Continue Reading