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Remaining Sanguine In A World of Rage

August 27, 2019

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The question of the hour: How do we stay focused in the era of trolls and beat-red faces?

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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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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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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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The Left-wing Blind Spot: Abortion

February 4, 2019

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Maybe I’ll get over it, but my own progressive political leanings now conjure images of lukewarm Sanka and my party affiliation thrills me as much as Olympic curling.

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Forgiving & A Beach’s Sand

January 11, 2019

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We aren’t like rock cliffs on the coast; we are like sand on the beach. If we are not permeable to hatred, fear, and hurt, neither would we be permeable to love and kindness.

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“Man in God & God in Man …”

January 7, 2019

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“In choosing to be born for us, God chose to be known by us.”

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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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The Buried Roots of Evangelical Bullying

September 26, 2018

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Questions arise: Who signed the bully permits so intimidators could grab power?

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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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