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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.

A Correction

July 15, 2019

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I’m writing this so e-mail subscribers will get it. Yesterday, I said Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were all born in the United States. While that’s true of the first three, Omar was born in Somalia in 1982, spent four […]

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Donald Trump Saves The Democrats

July 14, 2019

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President Donald Trump has, once again, rescued the Democrats from falling off their self-constructed political cliff — and he did it before his Sunday morning golf game.

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Cracks In The Foundation: Why American Evangelical Christianity Soured

July 13, 2019

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My name was lit up in lights last month with a 3,000-word article published on The Anxious Bench over at Patheos. I trace the devolution of American evangelical Christianity to the heart of the mid-twentieth century evangelical resurgence, supposedly before political partisans hijacked the movement. In fact, the partisans were already there, paving the way […]

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Free Press Needed Then & Now

July 7, 2019

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Billie Truitt of Windsor, CT, posted this on her Facebook page a few days ago. I pasted it with her permission. On July 6, 1944, my mother was a young newspaper reporter working in Hartford. She had taken the day off for a dentist appointment. The dentist had just fastened the bib around her neck […]

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Seeking Social Ethicist; MBA Required

June 26, 2019

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Jerry Falwell, Jr., is making life impossible for recovering sarcasm addicts.

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God In The Nightmare

June 24, 2019

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I preached a testimonial sermon on Sunday, June 16, at St. Paul’s Church in Willington, CT, with my cancer struggles serving as a launching pad for a talk on suffering. As I explain, reconstructive surgery blessed me with a speech impediment. I sound like a space alien. Here are some of the sermons opening lines, […]

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Falwell: “I have never been a minister”

June 10, 2019

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What do courtiers say when the emperor brags, “I’m wearing no clothes!”?

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Before I solve every problem …

June 8, 2019

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I’m pondering the implications of this verse. I’ll get back to you when I figure it all out. Don’t wait up.

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Prayer does not = endorsement

June 4, 2019

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The snarks are at it again, vilifying a good man because he didn’t see the entire universe in a split second. 

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“There is something extraordinary about their lives …”

May 22, 2019

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Throw out the fish, keep the wrapping. That’s what I always say — especially after I came across the following passage in the Liturgy of the Hours. It was discovered in Constantinople in 1436, where its larger manuscript was employed as wrapping paper in a fishmonger’s shop and called The Letter from the Disciple to […]

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