Middle-aged Midwesterner. I write about religion, politics and culture. Podcast: www.enroutepodcast.org newsletter: https://enroutenews.substack.com

America is a great country. But the US Capitol Insurrection is part of a long, dark, racial history in the United States.

January 6th, 2021 — Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. USA: Trump Supporters Siege Capitol Building: Front lines of Trump Supporters and Police outside Capitol Building. Photo 206955517© Julian Leshay Dreamstime.com

“This isn’t who we are.”

President-elect Joe Biden said these words in the aftermath of Wednesday’s assault on the US Capitol. Politicians like to say this during events like this. I believe that President-elect Biden and others who use that phrase mean nothing but good. …

What is Side B Christianity? We talk with a Side B Christian to learn about how they came to terms with their sexuality.

I came to terms with my sexuality about 30 years ago when I was in my twenties. Because I was a Christian, it was imperative to me to understand what it meant to be gay from a biblical perspective. One of the most formative books I read was Is the…

There’s a difference between optimism and hope.

The following essay is adapted from a sermon given during Lent in 2021.

A few years ago when my husband Daniel and I were back in my native state of Michigan, we went to the Grand Rapids Public Museum which is in downtown Grand Rapids. They had this interesting exhibits…

How two progressive writers’ electoral hopes for the future changed America in ways they could not have imagined.

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There are many factors that have made American politics so toxic. The 2000 Presidential election. The rise of the Tea Party and later Donald Trump. The Iraq war. The legacy of the Confederacy.

But there is one factor that has changed how our political parties operate, how they look at…

Can conservatives give the working class more bread and less circuses?

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It’s all about that beard.

I first heard of J.D. Vance in 2016 around the time he came out with his memoir, Hillbilly Elegy. In my eyes he was a breath of fresh air; a conservative who was anti-Trump, but who also was concerned about the poor and who believed…

No one, including Christians, can escape tragedy.

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The year 1983 is an important one for anyone who was alive at that time. The last of the original Star Wars trilogy, The Return of the Jedi was released. Michael Jackson’s Thriller was burning up the charts as it released hit after hit. On a personal note, 1983 was…

It’s time again for a news source interested in new ideas for a new day.

It’s early 2009. Barack Obama is inaugurated as the first African American president. The US and most of the world is in the grips of what would be called “The Great Recession.”

As Obama and the Democrats assume full power in Washington, the other side of the aisle was asking…

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