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December 2006 Archives

President Ford to a young kid

posted by J-Walking

It was December 1976 and I decided to write President Ford a letter. He had just lost to Gov. Jimmy Carter and I wanted to console him. I recall writing some very 9-year-old sort of things – something about how […]

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Christmas

posted by J-Walking

It can’t be true… – a virgin birth?- an old pregnant cousin?- angels appearing left and right?- God become not just man but a baby?- astrologers from the east?- a murderous king?- a loyal husband?- a birthing room attended by […]

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…the true importance of Ted Haggard

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My colleague and friend Patton Dodd wrote a beautiful article for the Financial Times. It is titled simply, “My pastor disgraced our church.” Please read. My favorite paragraph: Even when I winced over things Pastor Ted would say as a […]

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Bono beware?

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News reports like this one reveal that U2’s Bono was “…alarmed we could not get a commitment from the Democratic leadership to prevent the loss of $1b in the continuing resolution to fight AIDS, malaria and extreme poverty.” The problem, […]

A private response to a public letter

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A couple of weeks ago I posted an open letter to James Dobson and Chuck Colson. It was in response to various misrepresentations about my book and about my argument for a Christian “fast” from politics. This week I received […]

“Happy Feet”, Frank Rich, and abominable snowmen smacking penguins with a baseball bat

posted by J-Walking

My daughters (9 & 11) are leading me astray: 1. Click on the link below.2. Click once on the snowman to activate the penguin3. Click again on the snowman to hit the penguin as he descends from the cliff. Click […]

New Life Church email…

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here is the email that went around this morning to the New Life staff: Dear Staff, Wow, what an amazing week! Wonderland [New Life Church’s Christmas program]was attended by more people this year than ever before. Sunday morning wasan incredible […]

New sadness at New Life Church…

posted by J-Walking

The Denver Post reports this morning that another member of New Life Church’s staff has been asked to leave because of sexual misconduct. An executive staff member at New Life Church in Colorado Springs has resigned after admitting to sexual […]

The end of things… the beginning of things

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I came across a very moving article via Andrew Sullivan’s site – it is entitled Surprise Ending and is found in The Christian Century. The author is reflecting on the end of his life and writes: If ever there were […]

Getting it on to make John

posted by J-Walking

I saw The Nativity and wanted to love it and be moved by it and have my life transformed by it. Such wasn’t the case. It was fine. That, I suppose, is a view shared by most people, as the […]

The FRC says, “Fighting liberals is expensive!”

posted by J-Walking

Opened my mail this afternoon to find a desperate fundraising plea from the Family Research Council. Plastered on the outside in big letters: “Liberals have revealed their 2007 agenda for America.” Inside, “94 percent of congressmen who stood with FRC…were […]

Just curious…

posted by J-Walking

…to all those parents out there… is it wrong for a father (me) to conspire against his wife, his bride, the love of his life so he gets more of the tuck-ins of their little girl than she does? I […]

Back from errors

posted by J-Walking

Beliefnet blogs – with the exception of my colleague Rod Dreher who must be truly living right – were down all weekend through yesterday afternoon. In a way it was a bummer because I didn’t get to write, and in […]

From an Oprah and Friends listener

posted by J-Walking

I heard part of your interview on XM as I was driving to pick up my daughter from Kindergarten today. Thank you for what you said. Especially poignant to me was your discussion of abortion and our society’s failure to […]

Evangelicals away from politics – Guest blog

posted by J-Walking

When I saw that John W. Whitehead of the controversial and Christian Rutherford Institute had written an article after the election about evangelicals and politics I figured it would be fairly predictable – Christians need to be more engaged, Republicans […]

“Christian American Idol” winner

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Christianpost.com reports, “College student Carli Marino won this year’s “American Idol” style “Gospel Dream” talent contest with her debut album slated for 2007. “Youngest of 10 finalists, 19-year-old Marino launched her new gospel music recording career with millions of viewers […]

A voice of conscience…

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My Beliefnet colleague Alana B. Elias Kornfeld is a guest blogger – a blogger of conscience on Darfur: I am Jewish and I’ve often felt an inexplicable, magical power when I am in temple and worshipping with members of my […]

Oprah and Friends interview

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For those of you with XM and interest my interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz (better known as simply Dr. Oz) airs today at 1pm and 7pm on channel 156. I think it was the best interview of the past several […]

Better mom – Britney or Mary?

posted by J-Walking

Andrew Sullivan has posted a wonderful piece from a reader: go here to read it.

Rod Dreher on Iraq – must read

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My colleague Rod Dreher has written a brilliant entry about Iraq and today’s report. I encourage you to read it. Here is how it begins: Well, I’ve read as much of it as I can manage this afternoon, and it’s […]

Mary, Heather, congratulations

posted by J-Walking

Arguably this isn’t the best time for me to be writing this. This just isn’t a good health day. I think day one of chemo does that to a person. Of course, this could be the perfect time so here […]

I Blog Therefore I Am

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Apart from not being Caucasian, not working in an office, and not answering calls, this could be me.

Jesus definitely cares about this

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This from the Financial Times: Personal wealth is distributed so unevenly across the world that the richest two per cent of adults own more than 50 per cent of the world’s assets while the poorest half hold only 1 per […]

Ralph Reed responds to frmr. Sen. Danforth’s book on faith and politics

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Writing for the small but influential newsletter put out by The Gathering, Ralph Reed writes about Sen. John Danforth’s book on faith and politics. Danforth argues that the Republican Party is unduly beholden to the religious right. You can read […]

Dr. Dobson, time to apologize to your readers

posted by J-Walking

I notice a new piece on the Focus on the Family website called “Tempting Bitterness” by Gary Schneeburger, editor of something called Citizenlink. It is important for me to address its accusations and point out its staggering number of inaccuracies, […]

The best words

posted by j-walking

Last week I spoke at American University. I just talked about the book — the intensely personal one I actually wrote as opposed to the purely political one some people think I wrote. Below is a note from a young […]

Bible? Koran? Marley and me?

posted by J-Walking

A Muslim is coming to the United States House of Representatives, and he wants to be sworn into office with his hand on a Koran and not on a Holy Bible. Some conservatives have decided this may well be the […]

Busted Halo interview

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For my interview with Busted Halo, an online magazine for spiritual seekers in their 20s and 30s, click here. Here is one of the exchanges: BH: This seems to be a theme in your life: the struggle between political differences […]

More on Warren and Obama

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David van Biema in Time.com has just posted a very interesting article: The Real Losers in the Obama-Warren Controversy. He says, “Rick Warren’s invitation to have Barack Obama speak at his mega-church’s AIDS conference has sparked a furor in the […]

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