May 6, 2017

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A fiend leers from the US House

Other nations would grumble “general strike” after last week’s malevolent health care monster lumbered out of the US House. Grim police would rim the streets in riot gear. Prime ministers would tender resignations and governments would collapse. And I’d growl in my living room, infuriated by my own enforced passivity. I’m rendered incapable of marching […]

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April 29, 2017

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A quote from Billy Graham

Here’s some encouragement for those marching in The People’s Climate March today:

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April 27, 2017

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Eco-friendly evangelicals take it to the streets

Cross published on Huffpost Who says a climate-denying cult entrances all evangelical Christians? Brian Webb’s faith has propelled him into pro-science action. He’s a mover and a shaker, an organizational hombre, a managerial mahatma with a Bible. Webb directs Climate Caretakers, a network founded in August 2015 to mobilize the faithful, and he’s leading a […]

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April 17, 2017

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When the future invades the present

Note; This is an expanded meditation of Easter’s posting.  Jesus was launching a subtle rebellion at his resurrection, the day when Eternity invaded Temporality and Life swallowed Death. He upended the norms of Death and played by his own rules. He declared one of his norms in Matthew 20:16: “The last will be first, and […]

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April 16, 2017

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The Great Reversal

Jesus was launching a subtle rebellion at his resurrection, the day when Eternity invaded Temporality and Life swallowed Death. He upended the norms of Death and played by his own rules. He declared one of his norms in Matthew 20:16: “The last will be first, and the first last.” He immediately implemented that rule when […]

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April 15, 2017

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A meditation for Holy Saturday

This is an enigmatic day wrapped in an unpopular doctrine. The day: The Church universal has always remembered Christ’s descent “into Hell,” per the fifth article of the Apostles Creed. The enigma is bound with the question: “Why would God send Jesus to Hell?” The unpopular doctrine is Hell itself.  Perhaps the enigma becomes more […]

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April 11, 2017

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A dim ray of hope in climate change

Perhaps the path to clean skies and calm seas snakes past Washington and toward Sacramento, with California Governor Jerry Brown blazing the trail. Such speculation arises even as activists book buses for the People’s Climate March in Washington DC on April 29. No doubt they’ll brandish signs and rally against the Trump administration’s evisceration of […]

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April 10, 2017

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Hope in the cauldron

I confess. I’ve sometimes joined maudlin evangelical Christians in their fashionable despair. Our tribe seems to have drifted far from its moral, theological, intellectual, and spiritual roots, which once entwined themselves in the great Protestant luminaries and summoned all Christians back to the Bible. The more congenial rolled out the carpet to sympathetic Catholics and […]

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March 23, 2017

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The myth of “open-ness” at PTS

Nothing matches the closed-mindedness of the supposedly open-minded. I say that as the authorities at Princeton Theological Seminary smear gobs of egg off their faces. The school’s Kuyper Center was about to grant its Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Witness to the Rev. Tim Keller, the soon-to-be-retired lead pastor of Manhattan’s Redeemer Presbyterian […]

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March 22, 2017

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

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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