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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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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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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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This is a scandal?

January 6, 2019

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Partisan snoops dug up a video supposedly shedding light on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s deep-dark past; The newly-elected congresswoman, a social democrat representing the Bronx and Queens, once danced with fellow college students in Boston. Gasp.

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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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