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Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

Kicking MAGA Christianity

July 27, 2020

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Maybe Democrats should hand-write thank-you notes to two cadres of expat GOPs.

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Beauty in the Storm

July 23, 2020

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“When you see (Jesus) in this context, you see that beauty is more powerful when it’s in the middle of the storm. It’s beauty in the storm. That is powerful enough to inspire a leap of faith.”

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Timothy Keller’s Prayer Request

June 8, 2020

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The Rev. Timothy Keller has been a voice of sanity in America’s turbulent religious world. The 69-year-old founder of Manhattan’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church has written a slew of books, all of which have evaded political partisanship and the culture wars while remaining firmly biblical. Many are now in fervent prayer. He notified the public that […]

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Asking The No-No Question

June 8, 2020

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Theologian John Jefferson Davis asks the question few dare ask — “Is the COVID 19 virus a judgement from God?” — with at least two twists. First, he refuses to shame the curious. He even says: “That’s a fair and appropriate question.” How novel. Many supposedly sophisticated Christians — including evangelicals — poo-poo the query […]

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Religious Leaders Blast Racism & Despotism

June 4, 2020

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So Pat Robertson is on the same page as Fuller Theological Seminary. Who would-a thunk it?

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When Fear Is Good

May 27, 2020

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Imagine you’ve achieved the American dream and you’re wandering your middle-class castle, chomping an apple. Suddenly, you smell that tell-tale smell as the smoke alarm blares. Your reaction? You resolve: “I won’t yield to fear. I’ll stuff cotton in my ears and munch my apple and, when I feel like it, I’ll call the alarm […]

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Living Through Saturday

April 11, 2020

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Our presuppositions — plagues are a thing of the past — have been strewn on the floor.

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Scenes on Good Friday, 2020

April 10, 2020

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Two brief scenes exemplify Good Friday in 2020, the year of COVID-19. The first is Pope Francis laying prostrate in a near-empty Saint Peter’s Basilica: The second is a service in a near-empty Notre Dame Cathedral, which fire gutted a year ago. There’s life even in the emptiness.

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Readings from Hebrews 10 on Good Friday

April 10, 2020

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Palm Sunday in lockdown, 2020

April 5, 2020

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