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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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The life Of Fear v. The Life Of Adventure

January 6, 2018

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The Story of the Magi, celebrated on the Feast of Epiphany, illuminates the contrast between two kinds of lives. There’s the life of curiosity, which leads to adventure, discovery, and growth; and the life of fear, which sees nothing but threats and leads to crisis after crisis.

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The Human God At Christmas

December 24, 2017

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We do not worship a God who is merely all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving.  Our God is all those things and more:  The Almighty has experienced human joy, human pain, human suffering, and human victory.  Baffling as it seems, God not only possesses divinity; God possesses humanity.

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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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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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I killed the dinosaurs, and I feel bad about it

January 6, 2017

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“The Journey of the Magi” (1894) by James Jacques Joseph Tissot (French painter and illustrator, 1836-1902), oil on canvas. I’m an artist at self-accusation and remorse. Accuse me of anything – lust, greed, pride, gluttony, laziness, work a-holism, launching the Vietnam War, bombing Pearl Harbor – and I’ll plead sweat-riddled guilt. It seems this day […]

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Mr. Self-Sufficient confronts his helplessness

May 3, 2016

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Suddenly, I feel encircled by kind introverts in white smocks. They deliver good news, but I find myself enveloped in a peculiar angst, only relieved upon re-reading the story of a storm and a sleeping Messiah. Strange: prospects of healing spawn listlessness. Such are the irrational vicissitudes of the life dominated by mouth cancer, which […]

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Finding light in a dark tunnel

April 30, 2016

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Who would-a thunk it? A potentially fatal illness has spurred me back to life. I’m more like wax and less like clay — a fact I pondered as I arrived home after my third and final 5-day in-hospital chemotherapy stint for mouth cancer on April 3rd, cue-ball bald and talking like Daffy Duck with a Swiss-German […]

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