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Why Churches Are Folding, Book 1,504,002, Chapter 1,354,700,1650,001, 97,000th Draft

March 22, 2017

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I’m weary of dooms-day articles signaling American Christianity’s demise. Salivating secularists hail an on-coming age of light while woe-begone evangelicals prophesy deeper darkness, with the latter writing new books offering innovative solutions. Strangely, the remedies look like repackaged programs from previous eras. Add them together, mix and stir: Sermons should radiate theological depth while emulating […]

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A saint sees the Lenten whole

March 21, 2017

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I stumbled on a quote from St. Peter Chrysologus, a fifth-century  Bishop of Ravenna, that eloquently wraps private devotion and public obligation in a bow. Which wasn’t unusual for Peter: He was known for short, theologically rich sermons, understandable to laity and clergy alike. The quote gives us a great perspective as we plow through […]

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Warning: Resistance fighters could sprout marmalade hair

March 7, 2017

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It’s clear. Some of us , me included , should slow dance to Lent’s beat. Be cool. Chill. Stroll through the woods. Hear the water drip. And let’s trim our social media tirades to no more than one every 24 hours (I’d urge replacing all harangues with thoughtful, constructive criticism, but I’d be laughed out of the […]

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Evangelical Environmental Network: Back the EPA

March 5, 2017

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The Evangelical Environmental Network publish this 30-second ad encouraging us to contact our federal representatives and shore up the embattled Environmental Protection Agency. It erases the false dichotomy that pits the environment against the poor.

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Somehow, Katharine Hayhoe says it like no one else can …

March 5, 2017

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Katharine Hayhoe talks about myths in the climate change debate, and she sounds so inoffensive and friendly. Maybe it’s her awe-shucking Canadian heritage.

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Stop invoking the “liberal” bogeyman

February 4, 2017

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Trumpians are banging the “liberal” drum again: Alleged softy progressives whine because the ’16 election didn’t go their way. Memes pile on memes, like this one: Yup. It’s just liberals. Take Eliot Cohen, for instance: To friends still thinking of serving as political appointees in this administration, beware: When you sell your soul to the Devil, […]

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Hundreds of demonstrators flock to … West Hartford (?!?)

February 2, 2017

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I love ribbing West Hartford, Connecticut. Because I can. So I posted this on my Facebook site: “I’m driving today [February 1, 2017] to West Hartford for a protest rally, scheduled to begin at 4:30, which means the Mayans weren’t wrong. They were just a little off. To explain: West Hartford is inhabited by pin-striped […]

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Albright to Trump: Nuts to your refugee scheme

January 27, 2017

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President Trump’s race to upend American ideals in the name of patriotism is achieving a cheetah’s speed. Remember that phrase, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”? Forget it. He’s maneuvering to cut the refugee flow.

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Praying for Trump as we resist

January 22, 2017

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Mea culpa. John Piper John Piper and I sing a different theological song, so I naturally assumed we’re in political disharmony. After all, the chancellor of Minneapolis’s Bethlehem College and Seminary is as Calvinist as they come. Not only does he agree with the 16th-century Reformer’s take on predestination, he relishes it. I’m an Arminian, […]

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Everyday bravery for civil rights

January 16, 2017

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We all know, of course, that Martin Luther King, Jr., did not go it alone. The day named after him really commemorates a host of people of whom we barely hear. Real off some of the famous names: Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, Ralph Abernathy, John Lewis, Bayard Rustin (the March on Washington’s organizer). And then […]

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