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Go Tony Go!

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Today Tony Snow returned to stand in front of the White House press corps. Don’t go writing any obituaries for him just yet. After his quick intro of the day he took the time to talk about his journey this […]

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and so the attacks on Obama begin…

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…it didn’t take long for the attacks to start. Catholic whiner (a factual rather than a judgmental term) Bill Donohue has sent around a blast email on the Obama article titled, “Obama – Theocrat?”: “If the same standard that was […]

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Obama’s faith

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There is an enormous story in today’s New York Times about Sen. Barack Obama’s faith and his relationship with his controversial minister. It is (or should be) politically insignificant. It is theologically controversial. The story doesn’t recount anything particularly new […]

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I’ve been away. I didn’t mean for there to be a blog gap, however. For the past few days I was off on a father-daughter trip with… here comes the shocker… my daughter Rachel. She’s 9 and tender and kind […]

“Questions define us”

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This past Sunday, in our wonderful little church, our pastor stood up and dealt with the hardest questions the previous week dealt. None, perhaps, more jarring than this one – why didn’t the killer’s gun simply jam during his killing […]

The new way to measure church growth…

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For the past 20 years or so church “progress” and “success” has been measured by a single factor – size. Now, there is a new trend – it isn’t about size, it is about reach. This is good news. I […]

Kudos to the Idol Makers

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So American Idol’s “Idol Gives Back” is in full swing. In case anyone missed it, American Idol, the wonderfully popular reality/talent show is hosting a two-night charity-oriented event called “Idol Gives Back.” The goal is to raise buckets of money […]

Facing death, finding faith

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In the face of death, faith is blossoming at Virginia Tech. The massacre forced people to the only place they could go in light of the horror – to their knees. Said one expert on faith, “The terrible scale of […]

Innocence

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My two-year-old daughter Livvy lives in a world without death. Nothing around her – save for the ants we regularly annihilate – has ever died. And even if something did die she wouldn’t understand it. Death is completely foreign to […]

Blessing

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“Every trial is a blessing. There have been times when I have been hard pressed through circumstances and it seems as if a dozen steamrollers were going over me but I have found that the hardest things are just lifting […]

Liviu Librescu

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Why isn’t there saturation coverage of this man? Why isn’t every paper, every website, every magazine and tv show digging into his background? Why isn’t his faith being explored and his family too? Why isn’t everyone who ever knew him […]

This week…

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As the week end, random thoughts: – No more Cho. If we are what we eat then we are also what we think. We have spent too much time thinking about Cho – about his madness, about… everything. Enough. – […]

Forgetting Satan

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We are obsessively trying to figure out what made Cho Seung Hui do it. Why? Because if we don’t label it, if we can’t categorize it, then the illusion of our safety and the dream of our control are both […]

Enough about the haircut

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Who freaking cares? John Edwards spent $400 on a haircut. And? So? The point about the haircut, of course, is to highlight (so to speak) two things – First, his vanity and second, his hypocrisy. Let’s deal with each. Vanity? […]

That rare thing that is truly holy

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There are no words for this save one – holy.

Partial truth

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It was supposed to be this way. In the early 1990s, the pro-life community, on the run after electoral and judicial defeats, chose to target partial-birth abortions because they were so heinous (though exceedingly rare), opposed by so many Americans […]

sadness extended

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…from an old friend who teaches fourth graders: “Sadly, my students know every detail, every personal story, have seen every video… there’s no innocence left in childhood.”

Tune out

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Turn it off today. Turn off CNN and Fox and MSNBC. Don’t go surfing for more information. Don’t listen to all the people talking. Don’t let the media do it for you. There is this temptation with our saturated news […]

Contemplating the cross

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I asked a new friend for her thoughts on the horror at Virginia Tech. They are, as usual, worth reading. She is a teacher and this is what she wrote (unedited but with permission): I picture my classroom – 27 […]

The unspeakable

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…and the unconscionable and the unknowable have happened at Virginia Tech…and I have no wisdom. Perhaps that is because there is none to be had. All we know are intermittent facts about what happened today. In a year’s time we […]

Sermons once a month…

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…here is a thought. I’ve been listening to my dear friend’s sermons. I encourage, encourage, encourage you to listen to him. But that isn’t the point here. The point here is that I have been listening to just one of […]

On Imus

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From John Rutherford on Don Imus: The sensible response should have been to use the Imus incident as a springboard for a meaningful discussion on race relations. However, what we got were knee-jerk reactions by people who were quick to […]

Hard truths to face

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From 2008 presidential hopeful Gov. Mike Huckabee ‘‘If you said during Bill Clinton’s tenure that his personal behavior mattered and his character mattered and his activities in office and all of those things, if that mattered, you can’t come along […]

Nice surprises

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I just stumbled upon this review of my book from The American Conservative magazine, not exactly a bastion of left-wing liberalism… some excerpts: The Religious Right has long targeted those many Christians have seen as the devil’s political helpers—Bill Clinton, […]

Doing what Washington wouldn’t…

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China is now beginning to help counter the monstrous problems in Darfur. Why? US military pressure? Diplomatic pressure? No. Hollywood. Read on.

How Do You Read the Bible?

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Hey folks. Patton Dodd here, filling in for DK for the day. Next week I’m traveling to Boston to speak, along with Lauren Winner, at a little event at Boston University entitled “Writing the Spirit.” (If you’re in the area, […]

The luxury of our sensitivity

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We are pretty freaking lucky when the person who said, “nappy-headed hos” on air can be the subject of so much attention. We are even luckier when people like Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson can get so much […]

“Scary times” – wrong? right?

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There is now a lot of chatter about Prof. Walter F. Murphy here and here.

Scary times

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From Rod Dreher’s blog, a scary story. It feels absolutely true – I’m going to try and figure out if it IS true.

The nightmare dream

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What a follow-up to the Joshua Bell story. In that story, while the world famous violinist gave a free concert in the Metro, people were focused more intently on the lottery tickets.Now this story about a $315 million lotter winner. […]

Looking for stories

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I’m more and more intrigued by the stories of people who have experienced some of the worst that life has to offer – death of a child, horrible accident, cancer, HIV – and have changed; seriously, radically changed (for the […]

This is one of the greatest articles I have ever seen…

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From The Washington Post Magazine, an article about one of the world’s greatest violinists, his priceless guitar, and an hour playing incognito in a DC metro at rush hour. As I read it I thought not only about this brilliant […]

How to look at Easter

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…with significant help from my friend Tom (N.T.) Wright: I caught up with the foreman amongst the tea and scones at the back of the church. He introduced me to his workforce: a brother, a nephew, two or three sons, […]

Elizabeth Edwards

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A very moving interview with her in Newsweek can be found here. Of the many things that touched me deeply was this question: Let’s talk about what I think a lot of cancer survivors think of as being almost harder […]

This is part of a growing consensus…

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The news about the new Pope’s first book is compelling: Rich countries bent on power and profit have mercilessly “plundered and sacked” Africa and other poor regions and exported to them the “cynicism of a world without God,” Pope Benedict […]

The non-existent voice of the poor in DC

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A story in The Washington Post this morning on Wal-Mart’s lobbying (and other federal lobbying) set me off on a research trail. The Center for Responsive Politics – a non-partisan group – has released a study about lobbying the federal […]

Political temptations of Holy Week

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It is Holy Week for Christians and there is a lot of chatter about politics. Nothing changes it seems; 2,000 years ago the story was about politics too. This week it is about “the first primary” results for 2008 presidential […]

Holy Week

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I never know what to think or how to act during Holy Week. On the one hand I know how the story ends – it ends in resurrection. On the other hand the road to resurrection is unspeakably horrible. I […]

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