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Heretic Hunting Among The Innocents: Intimidation & Climate Change

September 12, 2018

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Few arenas display Evangelicalism’s bully takeover more than climate change, where the coal mine’s canary has been hacking, spitting, and turning blue. 

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“Evangelical” Once Meant Freedom

September 6, 2018

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The term, “evangelical,” opened new vistas and panoramas for me. I could study the Bible from different angles without falling off orthodoxy’s edge – and I needn’t be anti-Catholic, anti-science, anti-women, anti-democrat, and anti-education.

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Before The Snarlers Grabbed Power

August 30, 2018

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This is a sampling from a book I’m writing, tentatively entitled The Intimidator’s Club. It wrestles with the question: “What do I do when the near-angelic choir that wooed me to Christ morphs into an attack-dog platoon?” The term, “evangelical,” once described brainy believers who lofted the Scriptures high while remaining culturally engaged. They were just as likely to lean to the political left as well as right. Here, I describe how I came to the faith in the 1970’s — a very different time indeed.  

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When Bossy Alphas Hijack A Faith

August 20, 2018

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I’ve been writing a book, tentatively entitled The Intimidator’s Club, that wrestles with the question: “What do I do when the river that swept me into the life of Christ now empties into a toxic morass?”

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A Memorial’s Curative Power

August 16, 2018

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Maya Lin’s design illuminates the intrinsic worth of those 58,220 slain men and women: Each bore a name, which means each possessed an identity and humanity and, therefore, nobility.

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A snowflake-mossback embrace

June 27, 2018

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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 […]

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Reclaiming Jesus

May 21, 2018

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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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When “thoughts & prayers” void real prayer

May 19, 2018

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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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Patrick: A saint for all Brits

March 19, 2018

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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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Does Jesus Love Smog?

February 22, 2018

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Billy Graham was not a leading environmentalist, of course, but his brand of pre-politicized evangelicalism made room for biologists, physicists, and atmospheric scientists. He, along with other evangelicals like Francis Schaeffer, didn’t find them threatening. 

 

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