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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.

Is America A Christian Nation?

May 14, 2019

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Is America a Christian nation? Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says it depends on what we mean by “Christian.” Then he goes on. View the video. See if his answer is cogent.  He is currently president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of […]

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Bereavement in an Age of Rage: Comments on the Commentary

May 12, 2019

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Tweeters dropped their smart phones and genuinely grieved over such a malevolently random death. It was as if a previous era’s medical fickleness reached into ours and snatched one of our own.

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Hope Rears Its Lovely Head

May 6, 2019

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“Mr. Redfern, we’ve analyzed your CAT scans and PET scans over the past year and we have examined you. We cannot be sure, of course, but we think there’s a good chance your cancer is gone.”

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The Week That Shook The World

April 14, 2019

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We’re about to enter those climactic, universe-rattling days, otherwise known as Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday (today) and reaches its zenith in the three days of the Easter Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday).  We remember Jesus as he knowingly walked into his own travail. 

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Church Boards and the T-Rex

April 12, 2019

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I served churches for about 26 years as a pastor. My response to this image’s message: “Yup.”

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Dodging The Rain of Cliches

April 2, 2019

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I’m all yawns. Perhaps that’s because modern candidates inevitably portray themselves as Messiahs. I’ve got bad news for them: It’s been done. An excellent Messiah pointed us to Kingdom living, died for our sins, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven. It all happened two thousand years ago, so trim your aspirations to a mere chief executive, oh aspirants. Maybe I’ll then be interested.   

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Hollering at a buried man

March 22, 2019

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Ecclesiastes 7:9: “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”

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A Reply To Terror

March 15, 2019

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I long to board a plane, land in New Zealand, and weep with those who are weeping.

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Tapping Unseen Blessings

February 21, 2019

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I once feared these verses and prayed that God would steer me clear of “trials of various kinds.” I now see their blessing. We gain steadfastness in our sufferings. We don’t merely go through them; we grow through them.  

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Bosses Plaguing Our Dreams

February 13, 2019

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A recent news item triggered me. To explain: I’ve worked for great bosses, both men and women. I’ve also labored under tantrum-spewing thugs, both men and women. The latter still haunt my sleep. I remember the screaming, my powerlessness and enforced silence (anything I said was fodder for the next hostile job review, so mum’s […]

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