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March 2007 Archives

“A loss of faith”

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This New York Times story speaks for itself. It is about a senior Bush official who is speaking out because of his loss of faith in the president. I know of what he speaks. Even now when I say or […]

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Perfect holy week art?

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So, imagine this – an “artist” has created an “anatomically correct sculpture” of Jesus crucified. Yes, fully naked, out of chocolate as if on a cross. I am generally pretty laid back about such things – artists should be able […]

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More of this!

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From today’s New York Times, news of new thinking to help the poor. The concept is simple – encourage poor families get out of poverty using financial incentives to get them to do the things that will help in the […]

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A bit more of the light hearted…

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After Elizabeth Edwards and Tony Snow and deep discussions of life and faith and meaning, I find myself in the need of some levity…and so, this. A friend sent it to me as justification for his changing positions on various […]

A good speech…

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Last night’s speech by President Bush was a great one.

Republican cluelessness…

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…A long article about Republican fears for meltdown in 2008 is found here at thepolitico. What I find most striking about the article that talks about Republican drops in money raising, in candidate recruitment, and general chaos is this – […]

Jesus has to be horrified…

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…at man’s cruelty to his creation. But we should also applaud what one company is doing to change things. Along these ends, a book recommendation – Matthew Scully’s Dominion.

Ooops

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Ashes to ashes and dust to dust – even for a million dollar Ferrari… Why is this worth looking at given Iraq and Tony Snow and Elizabeth Edwards and Darfur and on and on? Because there is actual eternal significance […]

perspective

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From a faithful reader: When my little girl’s cancer returned after 2 years – I can say I was very angry with God. I was angry with doctors, with my husband (he was very convenient and I was pissed), with […]

No, no, no, no, no…

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White House spokesman Tony Snow has cancer that has spread to his liver. This hits close to home. Four years ago I was working in the White House when a brain tumor hit and four years ago a young White […]

Dear Thinker

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I am so sorry for your loss. David

Listen to Elizabeth

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Today at a Cleveland appearance, Elizabeth Edwards, She said her greatest hope is that the thousands of people who sent her emails and letters of support will redirect their kindness and concern to families in their own communities who are […]

Questions for Sen. Sam Brownback?

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Wednesday morning I will be interviewing presidential hopeful Sen. Sam Brownback. Let me know if there are questions you would like asked (email or comments box). Thanks.

60 Minutes, the Edwardses and Katie Couric

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I know something of 60 Minutes. I’ve been through the hours of interviews and have talked to a team of producers, and have watched myself on air after edits and splices and with a voice over. It is an odd […]

The way it should be…

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…would that it didn’t take cancer to have such things happen: Just one day after John and Elizabeth Edwards announced that Mrs. Edwards’ cancer has returned, they’ve phoned another prominent Washington figure who’s had his own run-in with cancer. An […]

A good way to live…

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“We made the choice to live,” Mrs. Edwards said. “We don’t want to do it surrounded by a veil of tears.” …this from an article appearing today. That choice is a conscious one and the right one. It is a […]

and Tony Snow too…

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Little noticed in the news is the fact that White House spokesman Tony Snow is having surgery on Monday for a growth in his abdomen. Snow had colon cancer two years ago. He needs our prayers as well.

The (Need a name) Award – first nominee

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Ok, so here starts the (Need a name) Award for behaving most like Jesus would want people to behave. “Samaritan” is fine but I’ve heard it used too many times… Regardless, here is the first nominee: Dorie-Ann Kahale and her […]

Do not mourn Elizabeth Edwards

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I’ve noticed the articles appearing on websites discussing the statistics with people who have stage IV breast cancer – which Elizabeth Edwards apparently has. Walking through the airport last night on my way home I glimpsed one of the evening […]

The other side

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Emails are flowing in from people wanting to let the Edwards know that people are praying for them. The notes are beautiful. But since I don’t really know the Edwards, may I suggest sending your notes to them. Here is […]

“Real Family Values”

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From Andrew Sullivan: What I saw in this press conference was the reality of family values – not the rhetoric, not the divisiveness, not the politics, just the reality of an actual family dealing with real issues. We all face […]

Cancer is Not a Political Issue

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“My MRI is on Thursday,” I said to Elizabeth Edwards a month ago. “I go in for my next round of appointments in a couple weeks.” she said. “Has everything been clear up till now?” “Yeah,” she said, knocking on […]

Cherokee Wisdom

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“Cherokee Wisdom” One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, […]

Passionate prayer

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A friend gave me a book entitled The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer a few years ago. He gave it to me again last fall. I started reading a few weeks ago and have been blown away by […]

Perspective.

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I am sitting in the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. I’ve just finished an amazing weekend as part of the first class of “Peter Jennings Fellows”. There is much more to say about that in days to come. But this […]

Everyone should hope this is true…

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…no matter anyone’s position on the war in Iraq, everyone should hope this poll is true: Most Iraqis believe life is better for them now than it was under Saddam Hussein, according to a British opinion poll published today. The […]

Dancing With My Father

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From a dear friend: “All my life’s a circle, sunrise and sundown. The moon rolls through the nighttime, until the daybreak comes around. All my life’s a circle and I can’t tell you why-the season’s spinning around again, the years […]

Big “religious” political gathering coming… would Jesus show up?

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Ahhhh, to not be surprised. In October there will be another “Washington Briefing” held by the Family Research Council and several other “pro-family” groups: As we face powerful attacks on our values, there is no better time to stand with […]

A different Jesus documentary

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A new documentary on Jesus is out – this one making The Case for Christ’s Resurrection: …experts explain new discoveries that will substantiate the claims that Jesus resurrected from the grave nearly 2,000 years ago. Among the many methods, the […]

LA

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A quote from a writer friend in Los Angeles, “LA is one of the few towns that will pay you to dream.” What she means is that with the TV and film business in LA, what you imagination is what […]

The firings

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I generally try and stay away from general politics – things that don’t touch issues of compassion, poverty, and faith. It is both because general politics is increasingly uninteresting to me and because if I were to start talking about […]

Our Yertle economy

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I watch news of secondary mortgage companies collapsing and stock market chaos and world stock market volatility and the continued reality of worldwide poverty and only one thing comes to mind – Yertle the Turtle. For those who might not […]

Evangelicals finding their voice

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Conventional wisdom would probably be that the National Association of Evangelicals should be tucked in a corner sucking its thumb with a “please don’t hit me” sign over it. In just the last few months it has endured seeing its […]

A prayer thought…

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…from Richard Foster in his book, Prayer. The truth of the matter is we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives – altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. Frankly, this side of eternity we […]

The interesting Sam Brownback

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It would be a mistake to glance at Sen. Sam Brownback (R- KS) and his upstart campaign for president and think, “ahh, just another fundamentalist running for president.” Yes, he opposes abortion and same-sex marriage. But – and this is […]

Does grace go there?

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Roy Ratcliff is an ordinary minister of Jesus Christ with a little church in Wisconsin called Mandrake Road Church of Christ. It is small enough to not even have its own website. But a story today reminds us that being […]

Anne Frank and “The Secret”

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A little story this morning tells the tale of a 150-year-old Chestnut tree that is about to be cut down. Sad news that such a grand tree will fall; sadder news that the tree is the one Anne Frank wrote […]

Google leads again

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Here’s to hoping that more American corporations begin to see their employees – and their responsibilities and debt to them – more like Google does. Well done Google. Looking for a blogger?

Two things I wish I’d said on Maher

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The experience last night on Bill Maher’s show was…memorable. I’ll eventually find and post youtube or transcript or something. There are two big things I wish that I had said; first, that so long as we demonize and hate our […]

The “other” African genocide

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James Kirchick reports on the “other” African genocide – the one going on in Zimbabwe. While millions of Americans are spending $16 to buy The Secret, people are living on mice in Zimbabwe: Less than ten miles from Zimbabwean President […]

Cure cancer? End poverty?

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World Community Grid is an initiative backed by IBM and others to create a massive “computer grid” for select projects that benefit mankind in a variety of ways. Your role? Allow the time your computer’s unused time to make small […]

Amazing site

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A friend sent me the link.

HBO’s BIll Maher Show

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I’ll be on Bill Maher’s show tonight on HBO with fellow panelists… Roseanne Barr (!) and Dana Milbank of The Washington Post. Tune in.

The mystery

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The beauty of a cross-country flight is the wonder of no Internet connections. As such, I was able to start to dig through old emails. Whenever you dig, you find gold and I found this from a dear friend last […]

Newt and Dobson…

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…forthcoming today on James Dobson’s Focus on the Family radio show, Newt Gingrich acknowledges and says he has gotten on his knees to seek God’s forgiveness for, the extra-marital affair he was having while simultaneously leading the charge against President […]

Do I agree with Pat Buchanan?

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I don’t know. Honestly. However, this column of his is very interesting.

Rudy meet Richard but listen to Bill

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Richard Land, public policy head for the Southern Baptist Convention, took some swipes at Rudy Giuliani saying: “I mean, this is divorce on steroids,” Land said. “To publicly humiliate your wife in that way, and your children. That’s rough. I […]

Thank you

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Thank you for your prayers and kind notes yesterday. Ick of a day. Lying here in this little hotel room, however, I did have the advantage of in-room movies. Why, exactly, one can get movies in your hotel room months […]

The truth…

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…about blog posts yesterday and today. I am sick. I seem to have a lovely combo of the flu mingling with my last two days of chemo and about that enough said. There is so much I would love to […]

Pray for New Life Church

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Word out of Colorado are cutbacks at New Life Church. Lost in all the “big” news about Haggard is the big and very hurt church that still lives in Colorado Springs everyday. They need our prayers.

Bono goes editing

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Bono will be guest editor for a July issue of Vanity Fair focusing on Africa. “Hey, I’d meet with Lucifer if I thought it would do any good,” Bono said of his commitment to helping alleviate suffering in Africa. That […]

The Dobson letter

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Below the full text of the letter from 25 evangelical leaders requesting the dismissal of Richard Cizik, VP of Governmental Affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals. It is an extraordinary letter that shows how scared the old line evangelical […]

Wondering…

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A church that I very much like, run by people I very much like, here in DC, has women in the church on a “prayer and fast” Tuesday. The purpose of the fast is to pray for the nation, for […]

“my tumor”

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This from a reader: Praise God for his faithfulness and loving kindness – to both of us. Though you have a tumor in your brain that is discernible by doctors we all have tumors. I have mine, and it eats […]

Is John Edwards for real?

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I believe John Edwards. I believe his passionate statements on behalf of the poor. I believe that the faith he says animates him is real. I believe that he has made quiet and selfless trips to care for the suffering […]

My faith, my health

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So I sit here waiting for a phone call; a doctor’s phone call to tell me about the state of my brain and the small tumor invading it. I slipped into the MRI machine yesterday evening for an hour and […]

Our daily bread

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Another quote from N.T. Wright on a different topic: Jesus is… the one who would encourage us to pray not only that God’s kingdom would come on earth as in heaven, but also that God would give us this day […]

N.T. Wright on “Jesus’ Tomb”

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My favorite NT scholar but more importantly one of the world’s most respected NT scholars, Bishop N.T. Wright, has weighed in lightly on the James Cameron documentary and accompanying book. Dr Wright dismissed the claims, saying that every few years […]

What will the boy bring?

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Kim and I are starting to be a bit concerned about our prospective baby boy (codename: Jumbo) due in June. Consider last night at 3:00am. I’m sleeping. Kim is sleeping. Somewhere in my subconscious I hear quiet words said, “Dear […]

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