Shane Claiborne is an author at Religion News Service.
Is killing Lisa Montgomery the best version of justice we have?
(RNS) — Lisa Montgomery is slated to become the first woman executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years, days before her executioner leaves office.
LA’s Skid Row doesn’t need Sean Feucht’s ‘revival’
(RNS) — If Feucht really cared about the people on Skid Row, he would support efforts to contain the virus instead of holding a maskless concert in a tent city.
Yes, Charlie Kirk, we can be thankful for an imperfect America this Thanksgiving
(RNS) — We can be both thankful for what America is … and impatiently hopeful for what America could be.
The 2020 election was a referendum on race and Christian faith
(RNS) — We can see in how the vote went our competing visions for what we want America to be.
Jesus isn’t on the ballot. That doesn’t mean Christians can opt out.
(RNS) — There are those who will opt out because they refuse to choose between the ‘lesser of two evils.’ But opting out has consequences too, for other people whom Christ told us to protect.
Federal executions are one more example of Trump administration overreach
(RNS) — This month’s federal executions are the first in 17 years, but may only be the beginning. The next federal execution is scheduled for Aug. 28, and there are 59 more federal inmates facing the death penalty.
Death in the middle of death: On the execution of Walter Barton
(RNS) — The pandemic has caused us to rethink a lot of things, and one can only hope that executing people is one of the things we don’t want to return to.
Will the real pro-life political party please stand up?
(RNS) — The presidential election is shaping up to be a tough one for those who see it literally as a matter of life and death.
‘Hymn for the 81%’: A conversation with Daniel Deitrich
(RNS) — A lot of contemporary worship music doesn’t offer the best theology, but ‘Hymn for the 81%,’ by a South Bend, Indiana, worship leader, has gone viral with a cocktail of prophetic fire and Christ-like grace.
Let’s not ask Botham Jean’s family to choose forgiveness over justice
(RNS) — We’ve seen this dynamic before. The families of nine victims of Mother Emanuel church in Charleston, S.C., proclaimed both forgiveness and justice with power, but some folks only heard the forgiveness.
Ted Cruz takes Alyssa Milano to Bible study — with an NRA edition of the Bible
(RNS) — As the Texas senator and the actress-activist face off on Twitter over whether the right to own a gun is found in Scripture, columnist Shane Claiborne points out that Cruz’s interpretation lacks one thing: Jesus.