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A pro-lifer's lament

February 14, 2020

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Tish Harrison Warren, author of The Liturgy of the Ordinary, captured the exasperation of the Democratic-leaning pro-life voter on Twitter.

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It's Slow-Down Time

January 14, 2020

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It’s time to tip our hats to fourth and fifth-century Christian theologians vying for peace.

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The Tweets Tell A Story

October 10, 2019

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Once again, court evangelicals are embarrassing fellow believers everywhere. Just follow the Twitter feeds and feel the cringe factor.

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CEOs to Senate: Enact Gun Laws

September 13, 2019

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Once again, advocacy for gun regulation has popped up like a whack-a-mole, far from lefty terrain.

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The Face of Anger v. The Face of Grace: A Biblical View of Immigration

August 19, 2019

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The present-day hostility toward immigration is a symptom of a larger illness: Anger is overtaking grace

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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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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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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 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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