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Should We Un-stick The Evangelical Tag?

January 8, 2018

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Mika Edmondson The Gospel Coalition hosted a thoughtful conversation in December about how Bible-centered Christians should identify themselves. Is the “evangelical” label still appropriate? All participants were wary. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says he wears the tag if conversants understand its historic definition, which has nothing to […]

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Wisdom In An Age of Nuclear Bluster

January 5, 2018

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Hear the sound of stomachs falling at a thunderous rate. Perhaps Donald Trump was bored with peace overtures between the two Koreas on January 2nd, so he fired off yet another infamous tweet: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from […]

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Will Rupert Murdoch Go To Seminary?

December 19, 2017

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Some vaguely-associated vignettes as Congress prepares to vote on the revised tax reform package, supported by only a sliver of the American populace. Vignette Number One A Facebook friend doesn’t muffle his sarcasm: Congratulations to my friends who are among the wealthiest 1% in the country: You get 83% of all the benefits of our huge […]

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Evangelicals Flee The “E” Word

December 11, 2017

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Peter Wehner is scraping off both the evangelical and Republican labels as he marches with the somber, disillusioned throng. Like many, he says he hasn’t changed; but, like many, he’s discovered that evangelicals and Republicans have mutated into zombies of their former selves. The senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, who served […]

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Hope Springs In The Ruins

December 8, 2017

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There’s genuine hope. Honest. It lingers on the margins, beyond the world of wayward religious moguls fawning over dubious politicians. It even pokes its head on center stage and waves hello. Discerning Advent-like hope is a real discipline in this era of hijacked evangelicalism. We read the I-can’t-believe-you-said-that pronouncements and despair. Take Franklin Graham’s December […]

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Hats Off To Calvinists Urging Integrity

December 6, 2017

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At least one evangelical clan hasn’t rowed down the river of political slime. The bloc of enthusiastic Calvinists over at the Gospel Coalition, co-founded by Donald A. Carson and Timothy Keller, still urges morality and principle. Perhaps that’s because Calvinism, or Reformed theology, nurtures a sophisticated approach to cultural engagement that embraces science, the arts, […]

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Religious Heads Rebuke Trump on DACA

September 5, 2017

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I’m sure glad my Norwegian, wagon-maker great-grandfather didn’t live to see this day. He didn’t speak a word of English and was probably already infected with tuberculosis. No way he’d pass muster with the Trump administration. They’d ship him back to the old country. Trump and his minions, once again, left many slack-jawed, with key […]

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It’s in every corner of the Bible: God loves the downtrodden

August 10, 2017

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Cross-published on the HuffPost. I couldn’t escape. There was no exit. I longed to crawl into a pitch-black cave between chemotherapy sessions while GOP Senate leaders repeatedly hurled their proposals to cut off my Medicaid. I was all brawl at first, but I felt flattened as the dystopian proposals snaked their way through the House […]

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Thomas Jefferson: Catching a Glimmer a Dream

July 4, 2017

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I hoop and holler over America’s Independence Day with all the enthusiasm of a six-year-old saluting the flag and applauding the fireworks. After all, this nation has stood for freedom and faced down tyrants with global ambitions. But I don’t primarily celebrate for what happened in 1776. To be sure, the thirteen former colonies beheld […]

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Gotta love those hilarious people at Fox News

June 28, 2017

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As a 60-year-old with incurable cancer — forced out of a career, dependent on disability payments and Medicaid — it’s always good to know someone’s got my back. Take commentator Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, for instance, and her ever-so-compassionate Fox News colleagues.

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