July 15, 2019

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A Correction

I’m writing this so e-mail subscribers will get it. Yesterday, I said Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were all born in the United States. While that’s true of the first three, Omar was born in Somalia in 1982, spent four […]

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July 14, 2019

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Donald Trump Saves The Democrats

President Donald Trump has, once again, rescued the Democrats from falling off their self-constructed political cliff — and he did it before his Sunday morning golf game.

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July 13, 2019

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Cracks In The Foundation: Why American Evangelical Christianity Soured

My name was lit up in lights last month with a 3,000-word article published on The Anxious Bench over at Patheos. I trace the devolution of American evangelical Christianity to the heart of the mid-twentieth century evangelical resurgence, supposedly before political partisans hijacked the movement. In fact, the partisans were already there, paving the way […]

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July 7, 2019

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Free Press Needed Then & Now

Billie Truitt of Windsor, CT, posted this on her Facebook page a few days ago. I pasted it with her permission. On July 6, 1944, my mother was a young newspaper reporter working in Hartford. She had taken the day off for a dentist appointment. The dentist had just fastened the bib around her neck […]

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June 26, 2019

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Seeking Social Ethicist; MBA Required

Jerry Falwell, Jr., is making life impossible for recovering sarcasm addicts.

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June 24, 2019

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God In The Nightmare

I preached a testimonial sermon on Sunday, June 16, at St. Paul’s Church in Willington, CT, with my cancer struggles serving as a launching pad for a talk on suffering. As I explain, reconstructive surgery blessed me with a speech impediment. I sound like a space alien. Here are some of the sermons opening lines, […]

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June 10, 2019

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Falwell: “I have never been a minister”

What do courtiers say when the emperor brags, “I’m wearing no clothes!”?

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June 8, 2019

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Before I solve every problem …

I’m pondering the implications of this verse. I’ll get back to you when I figure it all out. Don’t wait up.

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June 4, 2019

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Prayer does not = endorsement

The snarks are at it again, vilifying a good man because he didn’t see the entire universe in a split second. 

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May 22, 2019

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“There is something extraordinary about their lives …”

Throw out the fish, keep the wrapping. That’s what I always say — especially after I came across the following passage in the Liturgy of the Hours. It was discovered in Constantinople in 1436, where its larger manuscript was employed as wrapping paper in a fishmonger’s shop and called The Letter from the Disciple to […]

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