Senior Research Associate

J.K. Granberg-Michaelson is senior research associate at Sojourners.

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Christian Fatherhood Isn’t About Hierarchy and Control

by J.K. Granberg-Michaelson 06-15-2023

Promotional poster from docuseries ‘Shiny Happy People.’ / Amazon Studios

Families like the Duggars go to great lengths to ensure their kids never learn to give anyone the middle finger — and I can only imagine the Duggar children would have been strictly punished if they had. But as a Christian and a father, I believe it’s neither possible nor desirable to exert total control over my children’s education and experience of the world around them.

Christian Charity Alone Won’t End Hunger

by J.K. Granberg-Michaelson 10-06-2022

People stand at a food pantry at a church in New York City on July 17.  Levine-Roberts/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect

Far too many Christians cling to a stubborn belief that individual acts of charity are sufficient to fulfill their obligation to help all those experiencing hunger and poverty. While acts of charity like donating to a regional food bank or volunteering at a local soup kitchen are commendable and indeed necessary, they are not sufficient. Christians not only have a duty to do good works through individual charity, but also to urge their political representatives to do what is in their power to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.

Grief and Cheap Grace in ‘WandaVision’

WandaVision poster. Disney+/Marvel Studios

Grief is a powerful, disorienting thing, as so many can attest this second Lenten season of a global pandemic that has claimed more than 2.5 million lives. “I’m so tired,” says Wanda Maximoff in the penultimate episode of Disney+ and Marvel Studios’ hit show WandaVision. “It’s just like this wave washing over me again and again. It knocks me down, and when I try to stand up, it just comes for me again. And I … it’s just gonna drown me.” Wanda is referring to the loss of her twin brother, Pietro, but the picture of grief is familiar.

'Avengers: Endgame' Is a Love Letter to Human Imperfection

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The first line of Avengers: Endgame is “Do you know where you’re going?” And the story that follows, the final chapter of a saga 11 years in the making, is an attempt by the deeply flawed, deeply human protagonists at wrestling with that question — what is our path, do we know it, and can we change it?

Replaying the News: What 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' Is Teaching Me the Second Time Around

by J.K. Granberg-Michaelson 03-15-2016

I’m spellbound by the FX miniseries The People vs. O.J. Simpson. It’s exceptionally well cast and well made so far, and watching it has brought all my memories of that time flooding back. But the series is also doing something else for me — given the increased attention on police killings of people of color and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, The People is forcing me to interrogate my memories and opinions from 22 years ago and look at them through a new lens. What do I remember about that time? As a white boy, what opinions and perspectives about the case did I have then?