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June 27, 2018

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A snowflake-mossback embrace

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Talking heads often bicker over immigration through a left-right grid: Snowflake “libturbs” abhor President Trump’s anti-immigrant travel ban and policies; government-suspicious conservatives supposedly rally to his cause.

Think again. Some of the most eloquent Trump bashers – David Brooks, David Frum, Kathleen Parker, Michael Gerson, Ana Navarro, Bill Kristol, Evan McMullin, Peter Wehner, and Jennifer Rubin – have waved the conservative flag for years. Decades, even.

Then there’s the Libertarian Party, which proposes whittling the government to a stump of its former self: Abolish the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and the US Postal Service. Drain the swamp and suck the ocean dry.

But, unlike the president and his minions, Libertarians are philosophically consistent: If big bad government inevitably strangles individual freedom and initiative, then it’s wicked for immigration. Sample three paragraphs from its statement on the issue:

Libertarians believe that people should be able to travel freely as long as they are peaceful. We welcome immigrants who come seeking a better life. The vast majority of immigrants are very peaceful and highly productive.

Whether they are from India or Mexico, whether they have advanced degrees or very little education, immigrants have one great thing in common: they bravely left their familiar surroundings in search of a better life. Many are fleeing extreme poverty and violence and are searching for a free and safe place to try to build their lives. We respect and admire their courage and are proud that they see the United States as a place of freedom, stability, and prosperity.

Libertarians do not support classifying undocumented immigrants as criminals. Our current immigration system is an embarrassment. People who would like to follow the legal procedures are unable to because these procedures are so complex and expensive and lengthy. If Americans want immigrants to enter through legal channels, we need to make those channels fair, reasonable, and accessible.

Read the entire statement here.

The obvious take-away: Trump defies left-right tagging. We’re arguing over whether a cat is a German Shepherd or a Standard Poodle. A cat, like Trump, is a different animal, and all the dogs should stop barking at each other and beware. A carnivorous tiger has sneaked into the kennel.

 

 

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June 8, 2018

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Cowboy, preacher, nature-lover

There’s a documentary slated for release featuring Tri Robinson, founding pastor of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Boise, Idaho, and a leader in his denomination’s creation care movement. He wouldn’t like it if I called him a “hero,” so I won’t — even though he is.

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May 21, 2018

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Reclaiming Jesus

Leaders from across the theological spectrum have gathered under the banner, “Reclaiming Jesus.” They denounce religious nationalism and bigotry and remind everyone that our God favors no nation. The full statement is found here. Several of those leaders read from the statement in this video:  

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May 19, 2018

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When “thoughts & prayers” void real prayer

It’s now a macabre routine: Many tweet their “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of a school shooting, this time with ten dead in Santa Fe, Texas. Others chime back: “Drop the talk of thoughts and prayers unless you’re willing to do something.” Welcome to contemporary America, where even the language of prayer polarizes. What’s […]

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April 4, 2018

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Ain’t no such thing as a useless human

I’m living proof that God uses damaged goods. Here I am, a victim of incurable cancer (yes, I’m a victim: it is what it is), and I’m scheduled to lead a two-day seminar on healing prayer at St. Paul’s Church on 156 River Road in Willington, CT. So God really does use wounded healers. 

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March 30, 2018

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Death Between Thieves

Today, Good Friday, compels us to remember the death of deaths, when the incarnate God — the essence and source of life itself — chose death so we could participate in his essence. Christian thinkers stand in awe of this day and often drop in profound insights. Sample the following quotes. CS Lewis, from The […]

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March 24, 2018

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The Week of Weeks

We’re about to enter into those climactic, universe-rattling days, otherwise known as Holy Week, a week of focused worship.

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March 19, 2018

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Patrick: A saint for all Brits

Written on Saint Patrick’s Day, 2018 I’m swilling a Guinness while listening to Pandora’s Irish music on Saint Paddy’s Day. I’d say my Celtic ancestors were smiling, but many of them came from the very nation that oppressed the Irish for centuries. Then again, so did Saint Paddy. He was a Brit kidnapped by cruel, […]

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