Archive | December, 2017

2017 and the Non-evangelical Evangelical

December 29, 2017

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The non-evangelical evangelicals are actually more evangelical than self-identified white evangelicals –and they’re more synced with their kin outside the US, who never wed themselves to manipulative politicians and never waged wars over biblical “inerrancy” verses “infallibility.”

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The Human God At Christmas

December 24, 2017

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We do not worship a God who is merely all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving.  Our God is all those things and more:  The Almighty has experienced human joy, human pain, human suffering, and human victory.  Baffling as it seems, God not only possesses divinity; God possesses humanity.

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Scenes Of Hope

December 20, 2017

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Martin Luther once wrote: “God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.” The Great Reformer echoed a stream of thinking found in the Scriptures themselves: Walk outside. Look up. View the work of Creation’s Great Artist. As we look, we’ll find hope in […]

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Will Rupert Murdoch Go To Seminary?

December 19, 2017

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Some vaguely-associated vignettes as Congress prepares to vote on the revised tax reform package, supported by only a sliver of the American populace. Vignette Number One A Facebook friend doesn’t muffle his sarcasm: Congratulations to my friends who are among the wealthiest 1% in the country: You get 83% of all the benefits of our huge […]

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Moderation’s Subtle Allure

December 15, 2017

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Historical evangelicalism in America has been mugged. It lays on the street, bruised and beaten, its pale skin clammy and its blood dripping into the pavement’s cracks. Like it or not, today’s mugger lives with the Alt-Right. That doesn’t mean the Left is nice or even good. It merely means we’ve located the culprit’s lodgings at this juncture.

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Evangelicals Flee The “E” Word

December 11, 2017

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Peter Wehner is scraping off both the evangelical and Republican labels as he marches with the somber, disillusioned throng. Like many, he says he hasn’t changed; but, like many, he’s discovered that evangelicals and Republicans have mutated into zombies of their former selves. The senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, who served […]

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Hope Springs In The Ruins

December 8, 2017

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There’s genuine hope. Honest. It lingers on the margins, beyond the world of wayward religious moguls fawning over dubious politicians. It even pokes its head on center stage and waves hello. Discerning Advent-like hope is a real discipline in this era of hijacked evangelicalism. We read the I-can’t-believe-you-said-that pronouncements and despair. Take Franklin Graham’s December […]

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Hats Off To Calvinists Urging Integrity

December 6, 2017

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At least one evangelical clan hasn’t rowed down the river of political slime. The bloc of enthusiastic Calvinists over at the Gospel Coalition, co-founded by Donald A. Carson and Timothy Keller, still urges morality and principle. Perhaps that’s because Calvinism, or Reformed theology, nurtures a sophisticated approach to cultural engagement that embraces science, the arts, […]

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Advent: The Antidote To Power’s Venom

December 3, 2017

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Believe it or not, today’s disparate clashes congeal into a single blob. Sexual harassment, win-at-any-price tax legislation, and nakedly partisan religious leaders all signal warped power. We’re bobbing and weaving on a wave of tyrannical power that oppresses the weak, stomps the environment, and breathes fear into an intimate, holy, life-creating, covenantal, and rapturous act. […]

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