August 16, 2018

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A Memorial’s Curative Power

Maya Lin’s design illuminates the intrinsic worth of those 58,220 slain men and women: Each bore a name, which means each possessed an identity and humanity and, therefore, nobility.

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June 27, 2018

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A snowflake-mossback embrace

Talking heads often bicker over immigration through a left-right grid: Snowflake “libturbs” abhor President Trump’s anti-immigrant travel ban and policies; government-suspicious conservatives supposedly rally to his cause. Think again. Some of the most eloquent Trump bashers – David Brooks, David Frum, Kathleen Parker, Michael Gerson, Ana Navarro, Bill Kristol, Evan McMullin, Peter Wehner, and Jennifer […]

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June 8, 2018

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Cowboy, preacher, nature-lover

There’s a documentary slated for release featuring Tri Robinson, founding pastor of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Boise, Idaho, and a leader in his denomination’s creation care movement. He wouldn’t like it if I called him a “hero,” so I won’t — even though he is.

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May 21, 2018

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Reclaiming Jesus

Leaders from across the theological spectrum have gathered under the banner, “Reclaiming Jesus.” They denounce religious nationalism and bigotry and remind everyone that our God favors no nation. The full statement is found here. Several of those leaders read from the statement in this video:  

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May 19, 2018

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When “thoughts & prayers” void real prayer

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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April 4, 2018

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Ain’t no such thing as a useless human

I’m living proof that God uses damaged goods. Here I am, a victim of incurable cancer (yes, I’m a victim: it is what it is), and I’m scheduled to lead a two-day seminar on healing prayer at St. Paul’s Church on 156 River Road in Willington, CT. So God really does use wounded healers. 

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March 30, 2018

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Death Between Thieves

Today, Good Friday, compels us to remember the death of deaths, when the incarnate God — the essence and source of life itself — chose death so we could participate in his essence. Christian thinkers stand in awe of this day and often drop in profound insights. Sample the following quotes. CS Lewis, from The […]

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March 24, 2018

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The Week of Weeks

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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March 19, 2018

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Patrick: A saint for all Brits

Written on Saint Patrick’s Day, 2018 I’m swilling a Guinness while listening to Pandora’s Irish music on Saint Paddy’s Day. I’d say my Celtic ancestors were smiling, but many of them came from the very nation that oppressed the Irish for centuries. Then again, so did Saint Paddy. He was a Brit kidnapped by cruel, […]

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