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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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Mystery & Wonder

October 9, 2018

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Kalistos Ware has thrown a bridge spanning east and west. More specifically, he’s helped Western Christians understand Eastern Orthodoxy. The West tends toward analysis while, at its best, the East stands in awe. The West tries to figure things out while the East embraces mystery . That’s a caricature, of course, and both traditions have […]

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Francis and an appeal to simplicity, humility, and purity

October 4, 2018

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Today — October 4th, 2018 — is the feast day of Saint Francis, the thirteenth-century Assisi native who gave up his inheritance rights as he fell in love with God. His fame radiates so far and wide that we needn’t say much more. It’s best just to listen. Here’s something he wrote, lifted from today’s […]

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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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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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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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A Caution To The Enraged

February 2, 2018

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A friendly warning to all believers reeling in America’s Great Evangelical Hijacking, where partisan bullies bray over a microphone once yielded to genteel Billy Graham: At first, bitterness feels like a cozy sweater. But it soon itches. We scratch so hard we flare welts and our screams drive people away.

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We Were Warned

February 1, 2018

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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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