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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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The Prayer of Saint Francis, relevant though the holy man didn’t write it

July 24, 2017

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A prayer, often attributed to Saint Francis but traceable only to the early 20th-century, reminds us of who Christians are meant to be and how we are meant to act. This prayer is especially appropriate in eras of flinging accusations. I’ve begun praying it in hopes that God will shape me more into the image […]

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Thomas Jefferson: Catching a Glimmer a Dream

July 4, 2017

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I hoop and holler over America’s Independence Day with all the enthusiasm of a six-year-old saluting the flag and applauding the fireworks. After all, this nation has stood for freedom and faced down tyrants with global ambitions. But I don’t primarily celebrate for what happened in 1776. To be sure, the thirteen former colonies beheld […]

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Gotta love those hilarious people at Fox News

June 28, 2017

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As a 60-year-old with incurable cancer — forced out of a career, dependent on disability payments and Medicaid — it’s always good to know someone’s got my back. Take commentator Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, for instance, and her ever-so-compassionate Fox News colleagues.

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Patriotism’s Call Under A Rogue Government

June 27, 2017

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Silly me. I dreamed the GOP-sponsored health care travesty passed in the US House would die in the Senate. The Congressional Budget Office just released a report dashing my innocence: 22 million stand to lose their insurance over the next ten years under Mitch McConnell’s cynicism. This comes atop more revelations about Russian election meddling […]

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Is God happy with baseball? As usual for a fan, I fear plagues

June 26, 2017

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Let’s pause. Let’s ponder the truly important. Let’s think about our nation’s pastime and why we’re seeing strong evidence of divine displeasure. First, it’s obvious: God designed baseball so starting pitchers would complete their games unless they absolutely need relief. Evidence: Saturday’s nail-biter pitting the New York Mets vs. the San Francisco Giants. Jason deGrom […]

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