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Evangelicals Flee The “E” Word

December 11, 2017

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Peter Wehner is scraping off both the evangelical and Republican labels as he marches with the somber, disillusioned throng. Like many, he says he hasn’t changed; but, like many, he’s discovered that evangelicals and Republicans have mutated into zombies of their former selves. The senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, who served […]

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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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Hats Off To Calvinists Urging Integrity

December 6, 2017

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At least one evangelical clan hasn’t rowed down the river of political slime. The bloc of enthusiastic Calvinists over at the Gospel Coalition, co-founded by Donald A. Carson and Timothy Keller, still urges morality and principle. Perhaps that’s because Calvinism, or Reformed theology, nurtures a sophisticated approach to cultural engagement that embraces science, the arts, […]

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Advent: The Antidote To Power’s Venom

December 3, 2017

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Believe it or not, today’s disparate clashes congeal into a single blob. Sexual harassment, win-at-any-price tax legislation, and nakedly partisan religious leaders all signal warped power. We’re bobbing and weaving on a wave of tyrannical power that oppresses the weak, stomps the environment, and breathes fear into an intimate, holy, life-creating, covenantal, and rapturous act. […]

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Subversive Prayer In An Era Of Rage

October 24, 2017

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Cross-published from the HuffPost The Good Book tells us “that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). So how do we pray for an administration with a chip on its shoulder? A shaking fist and a beat-red face accompany policies birthed […]

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Religious Heads Rebuke Trump on DACA

September 5, 2017

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I’m sure glad my Norwegian, wagon-maker great-grandfather didn’t live to see this day. He didn’t speak a word of English and was probably already infected with tuberculosis. No way he’d pass muster with the Trump administration. They’d ship him back to the old country. Trump and his minions, once again, left many slack-jawed, with key […]

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A Woman For All Seasons

September 5, 2017

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Okay, so I’m not a Roman Catholic. Why should that stop me from celebrating laudable brothers and sisters in the Mother Church? Saint Teresa of Calcutta is one of them. Today, September 5th, is her feast day. I could be an obnoxious Baptist and use this moment to riddle Catholics for lifting up certain individuals […]

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I’m no fan of Joel Osteen, but …

September 2, 2017

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In the words of Damon Linker,  “Twitter is destroying America.” It victimizes even the offensive. Take Joel Osteen, the senior pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church, which holds 16,800 seats and plays host to 52,000 weekly attendees. Despite his disclaimers , Osteen at least veers close to promoting the Prosperity Gospel, which says God inevitably blesses the […]

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A Methodist & Church Father Walk Into A Pub …

August 11, 2017

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Maybe John Wesley wasn’t such a doctrinal avant-gardist after all. It seems esteemed church fathers anticipated his most hot-potato teaching, the one that squirms prim Calvinists. The 18th-century Anglican priest, British evangelist and accidental founder of Methodism confounds some of John Calvin’s die-hard fans, who often conceive themselves as Protestant orthodoxy’s guardians and weigh all […]

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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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