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Gospel Rewrite: The Holy Family Becomes Refugees

Gospel Rewrite: The Holy Family Becomes Refugees

June 26, 2017

Joseph and Mary flee with the young Jesus to Egypt. But it doesn’t go as planned–at least not in this rewrite.

Thank God for Lisa: A Story of Why I’m Affirming

Thank God for Lisa: A Story of Why I’m Affirming

June 19, 2017

As I became friends with Pádraig and Paul … I recognized something that I knew well from my own life—love. Genuine love. I watched the way they touched each other’s faces and hands with tenderness, said each other’s names with affection, missed each other when the other was away—and I knew exactly what all that felt like. I no longer saw what difference it made if it were for someone of the same sex.

They are Muslim, We are Christian

They are Muslim, We are Christian

June 12, 2017

Reposting a story I wrote for OnFaith on dining in the home of Palestinian Muslims, originally published April 3, 2017. As we prepare to step inside their home, a friend says, “It is a different world in there.”  They are Muslim, and we are Christian. We come from white American privilege, and they from the poverty […]

Behind Prison Walls

Behind Prison Walls

June 5, 2017

Last September, the good folks over at Plough published two revised stories from the appendix of Where the River Bends. I’m reposting here. Was Jesus serious when he said, in Matthew 25, that we’ll find him in places like prison? If he spent his time with the least of his society, discipleship would seem to require […]

Gospel Rewrite: Jesus and Healthcare

Gospel Rewrite: Jesus and Healthcare

May 29, 2017

This was originally posted at Red Letter Christians on March 30, 2016. To read an intro to the Gospel Rewrite series, click here. To read the original gospel stories, click here. In December I began working for a non-profit law firm that provides free assistance to vulnerable Tennesseans trying to access affordable health care. One of our […]

Why a “Gospel Rewrite” Series?

Why a “Gospel Rewrite” Series?

May 22, 2017

This “Gospel Rewrite” series will make revisions to many well-known stories about Jesus to expose the problems in many of our positions on issues like healthcare, refugees, the death penalty, violence, and more. 

Book Endorsements

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, from the foreword

“[Where the River Bends] is important … We cannot encounter these pages and remain unaffected. But what will happen to us if we listen to those we tend to ignore? This book is one way to find out. I encourage us all to listen.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, from the foreword
Michelle Alexander, bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

“We can theorize about what forgiveness really means, or we can talk and listen to those we have viewed as unforgivable. Where the River Bends … offers depth of insight and perspective that is rare yet essential if we are going to move to higher ground.”

Michelle Alexander, bestselling author of The New Jim Crow
Shane Claiborne, bestselling author of The Irresistible Revolution

“…Where the River Bends is a book pregnant with the hope that comes through the power of forgiveness. Don’t just read this book… let it move you to become an agent of mercy in a merciless world.”

Shane Claiborne, bestselling author of The Irresistible Revolution
Brian D. McLaren, bestselling author of A Kind of Christianity

Letters from “Apartheid Street” is “a valuable resource for all who are called to be peacemakers – which should mean all of us.”

Brian D. McLaren, bestselling author of A Kind of Christianity
John Paul Lederach, peacebuilder, author of The Moral Imagination

“Our field needs passionate, on-the-ground, first hand descriptions of the challenges of constructively engaging settings of deep and painful conflict. [Letters from “Apartheid Street”] provides just such a window.”

John Paul Lederach, peacebuilder, author of The Moral Imagination
David Dark, author of Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious

“Pay serious heed to Michael McRay.”

David Dark, author of Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious
Kathy Kelly, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

“Surprisingly invitational… [Letters from “Apartheid Street”] is a book worth reading and rereading. As a guide for activism, I hope these reflections will have a profoundly rippling effect.”

Kathy Kelly, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
Englewood Review of Books

“Most of us seem content to merely believe stereotypes we hear about prisoners from television, movies, etc. [Where the River Bends], however, shatters this view of the criminal offender.

Letters from “Apartheid Street” is “invaluable, necessary, and absolutely brilliant.”

Englewood Review of Books
Marc H. Ellis, author of Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation

“What is hopeful about [Letters from “Apartheid Street”] is the humanity the author shows through his interaction with Jews and Palestinians. In a down to earth yet profound way, this book shows Jews a way out of the injustice of occupying another people.”

Marc H. Ellis, author of Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation
Tarek Abuata, Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel – North America

Letters from “Apartheid Street” is “an important read for human rights workers who want to do this work with integrity, but more importantly, who want to learn how to be the change that they want to see in the world.”

Tarek Abuata, Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel – North America
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