Michael Hidalgo

A VIEW FROM A POINT

AN OPEN LETTER TO 81% OF WHITE EVANGELICALS 1.26.2017

Brothers and Sisters, When the news broke of Donald Trump’s victory in November, many were quick to point out 81% of White Evangelicals voted for him. Many have attempted to demonize you; painting with broad-brush strokes and making totalizing statements about you. I know from experience many of the assumptions made and accusations leveled at you are simply not true. I know many of you, and am blessed to call you my friends. This is why I write to you. You are my tribe of origin. You see, I grew up attending church services on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings and…

UNTIL NEXT TIME, BE WELL 1.14.2016

Every time we say “yes” to something it invariably involves us saying “no” to something else. This is where I presently find myself – I have said yes, and, as a result I have also said “no”. So, I have to say goodbye. Over the last several months a stirring in my heart and soul has grown; a desire to give more of myself than ever to the things that mean the most to me. Two things at the top of the list are my family and Denver Community Church – in that order. Over the years my love and…

SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS, GUNS, LOVE AND VIOLENCE 12.8.2015

In response to my blog post yesterday (you can read that here) I was told two stories by way of a friend who lives and works in Nigeria. He, and many of his friends, have been the target of violence at the hands of terrorists and extremists. The first story was about a group of Nigerian pastors. Family members were beaten for their commitment to Jesus, a brother had his tongue cut out so he could no longer speak of Jesus, threats of death and even death itself visited them at the hands of violent men. My friend asked how he could pray…

WHY WE ARE SCARED OF NONVIOLENCE 12.7.2015

There is something that terrifies and angers many Christians even more than the threat of violence … and that’s nonviolence. After Jerry Falwell Jr. encouraged students at Liberty University to carry concealed weapons to fight against Muslims, Shane Claiborne wrote a thoughtful article advocating a nonviolent response (read that here). I posted that article over the weekend and received many angry responses from people suggesting I am to pitied for how misguided I am. This is nothing new. Anytime I write or speak about nonviolence I am met swiftly with counterarguments by Christians who advocate violence. They claim we have…

THE SHEER STUPIDITY OF GRACE 11.19.2015

I indulged my guilty pleasure of perusing Facebook and was outraged and surprised by the many hateful and discriminating responses I saw in the wake of the Paris Attacks. Predictably enough the responses are cloaked as smart or reasonable. But the cloak is not thick enough to hide the fear beneath it. Hate is hate – whether from terrorists or from Christians. But there are other responses; beautiful, simple and true. Responses that  bring us to tears. Those refusing to return hate toward the attackers. Those forgiving the terrorists for killing their loved ones. Those receiving refugees with open arms. Some believe these…
Page 1 of 9012345...102030...Last »