Russ Dean

  From the beginning, I’ve stood with the kneelers. It’s time for you to join me. The unnecessary furor began in August 2016 when the quarterback for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers was joined by one teammate to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem before a game. Colin Kaepernick,...
Systemic racism.       Since a number of members of the current administration are on record saying it doesn’t exist – and since American cities are still burning in protest, a month after another black man is killed at the brutal hands of a white police officer, we probably should talk about this...
  Floyd’s death: Jarring, Breath-Taking, Cruel.   I’ve seen a lot of people die, given the pastoral calling to attend to birth and death, and all the important milestones of life in between, but there was something jarring, let me say breath-taking, about watching George Floyd being crushed under...
  It is time for us to ask the question. Are we failing our freedom, or is "freedom" is failing us?       The path laid for us by our brave forebears is unprecedented, maybe in all of human history. Freedom. They said they envisioned true freedom. "Liberty and justice for all." For all. Of course...
WHY BAD THEOLOGY MATTERS.   We now have a son at USC Medical School, so we’re having to get used to some garnet and black in the house, but our color is mostly orange. My wife’s family has deep ties. A first cousin, Phillip W. Rogers, was a star receiver years ago, and “Wiggie’s” last gridiron...
  I’m a registered Independent. My politics are informed by a carefully-considered, decidedly-progressive view of scripture, so I lean left, religiously, politically, socially, but I believe the dialogue is essential, and out of that conviction I deliberately vote both sides of the aisle on...
  It’s something of an ongoing conversation I’m having with two friends. I’ll invite you to join us. This is important stuff. While neither is a particular Trump fan, both friends are willing to give a pretty wide berth. Their logic is twofold. And troubling. First, it’s the economy. You know, “The...
  I spent last week in Cuba. Fascinating place. We’ve been visiting our nearest southern neighbors for 15 years, a partnership of churches established by a relationship between the Alliance of Baptists and the Fraternity of Baptist Churches in Cuba. Members of our church take an annual trip to...
  Amy and I are preaching through Ecclesiastes 3 this summer: For everything there is season, and a time for every matter under heaven… Sunday’s text is, “A time to be born and a time to die…” It must be a hazard of the job, but someone always seems to be dying, which makes me think a great deal...
  On January 16, 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt stood before Congress. The Second World War, which would eventually lure the U.S., was raging across Europe. The President stood to offer a vision like only good leaders are able to do, and must do. He offered a vision for all, a vision to unify, to...

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