Entries tagged with ‘justice’

The Protest of Protestants is Justified

This article was first published on the Huffington Post on February 2, 2017, and can be found at the following link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-e-konkol/the-protest-of-protestant_b_14577018.html Nearly five-hundred years after Martin Luther awakened Protestantism with ninety-five theses, once again some are seeking to justify an influential truth: to be Protestant is to protest. The resistance of injustice as a response […]

The Scandal of God’s Criminal Justice is Forgiveness

The following homily was published with the Huffington Post on April 12, 2016, and taken from a homily given in Christ Chapel, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) on April 11, 2016. The 2nd Chapter of Matthew’s Gospel holds a most horrific story, as it shares a section of Scripture that […]

The Sexist Effects of Sexting the Biblical Text

Sexting is commonly known as the act of sending sexually explicit text messages, primarily between mobile phones. The term originated in the Globe and Mail article “Textual gratification: Quill or keypad, it’s all about sex” (May, 2004), and was later added to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary in 2012. While the original Globe and Mail piece […]

Epiphany, Poverty, and Foreign Policy

The following is a transcript from January 6, 2014, in Christ Chapel of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN). As part of the “Daily Sabbath” January-Term rhythm, this homily examines Matthew 2:1-12 and considers the relationship between theology and development. The work of the late South African theologian Steve de Gruchy (“Wise Men Bearing Gifts”, […]

Sewage and Solidarity in the Company of Strangers

The following is a transcript from October 17, 2013, in Christ Chapel of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN). As part of the “Daily Sabbath: Re:Vive” fall semester rhythm, the following sermon considers Matthew 25:40 in the context of sewage and solidarity. About 3,300 miles to the southeast of Christ Chapel, there sits a small Caribbean […]

So What Does This Mean? A Response to Race-Based Hate

The Gustavus Homecoming festivities of 2013 were vandalized through an abhorrent act of targeted racism. According to a statement made public by the Dean of Students on September 30th, an unknown individual spray-painted a racial slur, accompanied by the name of a current Gustavus student, on a campus sidewalk. As reported by The Gustavian Weekly […]


The following is a transcript from September 10, 2013, in Christ Chapel of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN). As part of the “Daily Sabbath: Discuss” fall semester rhythm, the following theological provocation questions whether or not war can and/or should be used as a method of peacemaking, with a specific focus on the crisis […]

Give (The Department of) Peace a Chance

The International Day of Peace was recently observed on the 21st of September. Among other things, this annual commemoration is dedicated to the promotion of world peace, and more specifically, the elimination of killing violence across the globe. The day was first celebrated in 1982 and is currently recognized by an assortment of nation states, […]