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Life Pushes Through The Desert Sand

October 10, 2018

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This is the last sample chapter of a book I’m writing, which maps out how white American evangelical Christianity morphed from intellectual sophistication into an arena for bullies, trashing its heritage and time-honored creeds in the process. Yet all is not despair. The book’s final section, “Samples of Hope,” probes three vibrant ministries that signal many […]

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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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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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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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A Living Anachronism Helps Kill Children

February 20, 2018

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Our debate over gun regulation dances around the obvious: The fears and assumptions of a previous century reach into ours, groping like an alien’s fingers until they find us and strangle us.

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Lives Sacrificed On An Altar of Cliches

February 15, 2018

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So here we go again: An assault rifle designed for war is used to snuff out innocent lives. And, again, we feel paralyzed. Our political leaders defy the predominant will of gun owners, let alone the majority of citizens, in their quest to channel the NRA’s cash flow into their campaign coffers.

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More Evangelical VIPs Censure Trump

January 18, 2018

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It’s a new day. Shock at a Republican president is no longer the exclusive province of the Evangelical Left’s flagship, Sojourners Magazine. Last week, several back-to-the-Bible leaders scolded Donald Trump over his foul dismissal of Latin American and African countries. The beat goes on, with rebukes emanating from American Reformed Christianity’s Vatican: Grand Rapids, Michigan, […]

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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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