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A challenge to self-righteous evangelicals: get with it on climate change

June 29, 2013

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Many evangelical denominations and churches still bury their heads in the sand.  Climate change?  No thank you.  We’ll read our pre-packaged scripts from the Koch brothers, oil industry, and the Cornwall Alliance.   Evangelical leader Richard Cizik issues his tribe a gentlemanly challenge in this morning’s Washington Post.  I’ve pasted the first paragraphs with a link […]

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Can the past point us to the future?

October 24, 2012

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Swartz guides us down the baby boomer’s memory lane, evoking images of flames in Watts, Newark, and Detroit – and black arm bands and student marches and tear gas and police riots and F-4’s and B-52’s and U.S. marines dodging Hue’s snipers in the Tet Offensive. Through it all, I couldn’t help but mourn over the what-if’s: What if the Evangelical Left saw nuances and shades? What if some of its youthful, bulldog leaders possessed the politician’s wisdom and forged alliances with enlightened conservatives? What if the American Old Left, grounded in pro-religious New Deal liberalism and often embraced by evangelicals, had survived the assault of the fervently secular New Left, which scared off many Americans and tainted the “liberal” label?

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New Evangelicals free a hijacked movement

February 19, 2012

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A telling statistic: In 2009, 35 percent of evangelicals identified themselves as Democrats and 34 percent as Republicans. The rest were independents. In other words, most evangelicals aren’t even voting in this year’s GOP primaries. Another: 64 percent of all white evangelicals don’t believe church officials should endorse political candidates.

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Liberating Advent and escaping the mire

December 10, 2011

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I feel the ground rumble as the panic-stricken advertisers stampede. Someone just told them we should rescue Advent from its kidnappers and let it roam all year. Advent was meant to be a season of prayer and fasting, with the look and feel of Lent. The shopping malls would open late and close early. We would slow down and dwell in Christ. Activists would join contemplatives in the ancient disciplines of stillness, meditation and contemplation — all of which would kindle a cool fire enflamed with resolve, conviction, compassion, and contentment. We’d be peaceful enthusiasts, free from the allure of gaudy knick-knacks forged from the fossils’ ooze.

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What is an evangelical?

October 22, 2011

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Lisa Sharon Harper discusses the historic meaning of “evangelical.” Some of this will sound familiar — conversion to Christ within the context of a Bible-centered faith — but some will not. Social action was key to such teachers as Charles Finney. Given her description, one must ask: Are some so-called “evangelical leaders” truly evangelical?

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What Would Jesus Occupy, Part 2

October 20, 2011

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Life is hard for us maniacal egotists. The Pulitzer committee takes no notice of this blog’s journalistic and literary excellence while the panels in Stockholm and Oslo repeatedly fail to reward me my first Nobel Prize. I’m beginning to think they’ve never seen my Internet knoll. That’s harsh.

Thus my swelling head with last week’s pingback flood: Everyone was fawning over my insightful October 10th entry, “What Would Jesus Occupy?,” which speculated that our Lord would cheer the marchers as they echoed his cries against greed. At last, the sun was shining on my head. At last, my bald spot was gleaming. At last the committees would send me their e-mails while fumbling for their sunglasses (“Ever thought of wearing a hat on sunny days?”).

But the fawners suddenly vanished.

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Spirituality & Occupy Wall Street: Leaders at the scene

October 15, 2011

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Faith leaders have joined the “Occupy Wall Street” throngs and and have given us their thoughts. Some samples …

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Signs of the times …

October 12, 2011

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A multiple choice question: How should biblical Christians react to the current “Occupy” movement?

_____ Pretend we’re ostriches and hide our head in the sand …

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What would Jesus occupy?

October 10, 2011

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Do those protesting against greedy Wall Street barons know they’ve got a friend in Jesus? Sample the following texts from the Good Book:

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Wisdom from Pat Robertson

October 5, 2011

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This has been re-written.  Go here.

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