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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March 21, 2017

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A saint sees the Lenten whole

I stumbled on a quote from St. Peter Chrysologus, a fifth-century  Bishop of Ravenna, that eloquently wraps private devotion and public obligation in a bow. Which wasn’t unusual for Peter: He was known for short, theologically rich sermons, understandable to laity and clergy alike. The quote gives us a great perspective as we plow through […]

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March 7, 2017

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Warning: Resistance fighters could sprout marmalade hair

It’s clear. Some of us , me included , should slow dance to Lent’s beat. Be cool. Chill. Stroll through the woods. Hear the water drip. And let’s trim our social media tirades to no more than one every 24 hours (I’d urge replacing all harangues with thoughtful, constructive criticism, but I’d be laughed out of the […]

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March 5, 2017

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Evangelical Environmental Network: Back the EPA

The Evangelical Environmental Network publish this 30-second ad encouraging us to contact our federal representatives and shore up the embattled Environmental Protection Agency. It erases the false dichotomy that pits the environment against the poor.

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March 5, 2017

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Somehow, Katharine Hayhoe says it like no one else can …

Katharine Hayhoe talks about myths in the climate change debate, and she sounds so inoffensive and friendly. Maybe it’s her awe-shucking Canadian heritage.

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February 4, 2017

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Stop invoking the “liberal” bogeyman

Trumpians are banging the “liberal” drum again: Alleged softy progressives whine because the ’16 election didn’t go their way. Memes pile on memes, like this one: Yup. It’s just liberals. Take Eliot Cohen, for instance: To friends still thinking of serving as political appointees in this administration, beware: When you sell your soul to the Devil, […]

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