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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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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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Ain’t no such thing as a useless human

April 4, 2018

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I’m living proof that God uses damaged goods. Here I am, a victim of incurable cancer (yes, I’m a victim: it is what it is), and I’m scheduled to lead a two-day seminar on healing prayer at St. Paul’s Church on 156 River Road in Willington, CT. So God really does use wounded healers. 

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Death Between Thieves

March 30, 2018

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Today, Good Friday, compels us to remember the death of deaths, when the incarnate God — the essence and source of life itself — chose death so we could participate in his essence. Christian thinkers stand in awe of this day and often drop in profound insights. Sample the following quotes. CS Lewis, from The […]

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The Week of Weeks

March 24, 2018

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We’re about to enter into those climactic, universe-rattling days, otherwise known as Holy Week, a week of focused worship.

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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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Good-bye, Billy Graham

February 21, 2018

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Graham was not perfect (why do I even need to say that?), but he was – for lack of a better term – a humble gentleman who showed more grace than most of his opponents.

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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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