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Edwards on health care

posted by David Kuo

Perhaps you’ve seen the clip below. If not, it is worth watching for its honesty and passionIt is easy to see John Edwards as a slick, rich, glossy politician defined not by the substance of his campaign – economic justice, […]

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Korean hostages

posted by David Kuo

Did the South Korean government go too far in negotiating for the release of the hostages? Talk about a hard case. Everyone should be celebrating the release of those men and women. How truly, truly wonderful. At the same time, […]

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Open Secrets in giving

posted by David Kuo

Here is an addicting site for the politically nosy – OpenSecrets.org. Type in a name and a city and you can find out who has been giving money. You can do it for yourself or for neighbors or for celebrities […]

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Larry Craig must resign

posted by David Kuo

A United States Senator is held – or should be held – to a higher standard. Sen. Larry Craig’s behavior doesn’t pass a lower standard. He should resign. Some will say that there is a double standard, that Democrats get […]

Sacrificing SUVs?

posted by David Kuo

John Edwards said that he would ask Americans to sacrifice their SUVs in favor of more fuel-efficient cars. I’m sure people will be mocking him – probably already are – but it is an example of honest leadership. Consider this […]

Mike Vick meet Darryl Strawberry

posted by David Kuo

In the mid-1980s, Darryl Strawberry was one of baseball’s elite. He won a World Series ring, he was selected to repeated All Star games, he was a rich man. He was a troubled man. There was a divorce, there were […]

The tectonic shift

posted by David Kuo

I am the son of a geophysicist. As such I know a wee bit (emphasis on “wee”) about plate tectonics. Plate tectonics is the theory that best explains how the continents came to be through slow but inexorable movement. [Note: […]

Republican affairs

posted by David Kuo

I’m sure that history is replete with examples of political parties going through almost comedically bad times. News of Larry Craig’s arrest and guilty plea just make it harder to remember those times. There is more to be said, I’m […]

Mr. Vick meets Jesus

posted by David Kuo

Michael Vick this morning: “We all make mistakes. I made a mistake for using bad judgement and making bad decisions,” Vick said. “Dogfighting is a terrible thing and I didn’t reject it. … Through this situation I found Jesus and […]

Gonzales

posted by David Kuo

Over the past few months as people asked the question, “Why hasn’t Gonzales resigned yet?” the answer I kept hearing was two words long, “Karl Rove.” The White House fear was that if Gonzales left all the Democrats firepower would […]

My Michael Vick question

posted by David Kuo

Today Michael Vick will face justice for his abominable actions. Abominable isn’t even the right word. Horrifying isn’t right. Nothing seems good enough to describe what he did. God gave us dominion over creation but that means he gave us […]

God’s stained glass

posted by David Kuo

I flew out to Colorado today for some meetings this week. On the drive from the airport, I saw this rainbow and pulled over and jumped out and snapped the pic. It was breathtaking. The Bible promises that one day […]

An honest woman on porn

posted by David Kuo

Anne Jackson is a writer at Relevant Magazine>. She has written a beautifully honest piece about her addiction to online porn and God’s grace and mercy. I’m still a girl who struggles. I’m still a girl who lives one day […]

Blogging

posted by David Kuo

As fall – the most wonderful time of the year – approaches things will heat up. I’ll be blogging a lot more. Because fall will mean a rapid upturn in political coverage that means I’ll be blogging more on politics […]

Observations from my period

posted by David Kuo

Forthwith, random observations from my period. Hannah Montana didn’t do it for me even though the premise of a pop star kid disguising herself as normal is cute and BIlly Ray Cyrus is affable. That I watched Hannah Montana says […]

The joys of iTunes and AppleTV

posted by David Kuo

So, per my last post, I’m kind of tired. So I’m lying in bed watching a most glorious thing that I downloaded from iTunes – game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The whole game. I was 18 at the […]

My period

posted by David Kuo

Once every 28 days, for five days, I have my period. I haven’t really written much about it because, I suppose, I am not sure what to make of the whole thing. My period is different from and similar to […]

Social Gospel, part deux?

posted by David Kuo

Over at SoMA, Paul O’Donnell revisits Social Gospel creator Walter Rauschenbusch on the 100th anniversary of his famed book, Christianity and the Social Crisis. The book has been re-issued with new essays by Jim Wallis, Stephen Carter, and others. Rauschenbusch’s […]

Apocalpyto, Iraq, Satan

posted by David Kuo

I have become a huge fan of Greg Boyd, pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, MN. Huge. Read his blog, listen to his sermons, this guy is real. Yesterday he wrote about watching Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto. It’s a […]

Christians sending a political message

posted by David Kuo

Some of the most insightful people grace this blog, taking time out of their lives to read and comment and send emails. It is such a privilege to be part of it. Rjohnson posted something yesterday that I am particularly […]

The church, the memorial service, the gay man

posted by David Kuo

As you probably heard last week, an Arlington, TX church rescinded its offer to hold a memorial service for the brother of one of its employees after the church discovered that…. this is where it gets confusing. The church has […]

Stunned by “God’s” politics

posted by David Kuo

Long article in yesterday’s NYT Sunday Magazine on how the West’s march towards rational secularism is stopped dead in its tracks by the political fundamentalism of radical Islam. A little more than two centuries ago we began to believe that […]

Huckabeeing

posted by David Kuo

David Broder’s column in yesterday’s Washington Post highlighted Mike Huckabee’s strategy for upending Mitt Romney in New Hampshire – surprise him just like Buchanan surprised George H.W. Bush in 1992 and like BIll Clinton surprised Paul Tsongas that same year. […]

Hymn 78, “One Love” by Bob Marley

posted by David Kuo

The Anglican Church in Jamaica has added songs by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh to their hymnals: Church leaders said that Marley’s “One Love,” and Peter Tosh’s “Psalm 27” will be the first reggae tunes to be added to the […]

The mystery deer

posted by David Kuo

Across the street from our house is a fairly densely wooded 7-acre park. Every spring migrating birds swoop in for a month and the park is overrun with very dedicated birders who can be found arguing about whether a particular […]

The worst question in heaven

posted by David Kuo

I was having lunch with a brilliant friend who also happens to be a wonderful storyteller. He is a philosopher and a lawyer and a Catholic. What, he asked me, is the question I would least like to hear from […]

Christians

posted by David Kuo

Whenever there is a disaster it is Christian relief and development organizations that are among the first on the ground. This is a fact too often lost in “sexier” conversations about politics or theology. But in Peru and in Southeast […]

On drawing nearer to God

posted by David Kuo

In response to my post on God’s stickiness – or lack thereof – Jillian writes this: At times, when I feel unable to reach that inner place in which prayer is completely genuine, freed of worldly dross, when I feel […]

More on Imus lawsuits

posted by David Kuo

Following up on yesterday’s post on Kia Vaughn’s lawsuit against Don Imus, I received this wonderful email from our friend Thinker who has found a perfect and profound quote from Richard Rohr: “The psychological age has found a surprising and […]

Spiritual epiphanies

posted by David Kuo

Over on CrunchyCon, Rod Dreher has a wonderful post about those moments in life that direct you to God. He tells the story of Bob Novak – the conservative commentator once known as the “prince of darkness” – being confronted […]

Our Christian nation

posted by David Kuo

There is a Christian nation. It just isn’t America. It is the global nation of those who follow Jesus. It is hard for me to think that way but I think it is the right way to look at the […]

God isn’t like duct tape

posted by David Kuo

I wish God was more like duct tape. Once you adhere duct tape to something it absolutely sticks and getting away from it is hard. Even when it is removed it leaves a residue. God isn’t that kind of sticky […]

Imus lawsuits won’t restore dignity

posted by David Kuo

The first lawsuit against Don Imus and no fewer than a half-dozen corporations has been filed. Why? The attorney speaks: “This is a lawsuit in order to restore the good name and reputation of my client, Kia Vaughn,” said her […]

Karl Rove’s spiritual legacy

posted by David Kuo

Karl Rove made religion sexy for every politician and political strategist. More than any other person in the past generation Karl Rove is responsible for the faith-based politics we see around us. His influence is greater than Robertson or Dobson […]

Little girl, big love

posted by David Kuo

We’ve been at the beach the past few days. With a newborn and a two-year-old that means we’ve mostly been at the house looking in the general direction of where we know the beach is located. Wonderfully we have managed […]

Elvis’ view on Congress

posted by David Kuo

Elvis provides a different take on Rove’s resurrection: If you look at the polls, the collapse in Congress’s approval rating is due to extremely low levels of support among Democrats, around 19 percent as of a few weeks back. By […]

Dreher on Rove

posted by David Kuo

Over at CrunchyCon Rod Dreher has a good overview on various thoughts about Rove plus good ones of his own including: And so, it turns out that the house the Architect built was constructed on sand. It cannot have been […]

Karl Rove’s impending resurrection

posted by David Kuo

The permanent Republican majority may be closer than we think. It is easy right now to think that Rove leaves as a failure. After all, the great initiatives have failed. Social Security failed, permanent tax cuts failed, immigration failed, Democrats […]

Huckabee rising

posted by David Kuo

A couple months ago I was talking to one a major political reporter who said their predicted Republican candidate – as crazy as it may sound – was still Mike Huckabee. This is a person with a very good track […]

“the ultimate reality”

posted by David Kuo

Thinker has this to say about faith: Religion and its teachings are sometimes intellectual and emotional, but the imagery of stories forms our spirits. We water down religion by keeping it a strictly intellectual pursuit. James Fowler teaches about the […]

For everything Ames

posted by David Kuo

For the best coverage of the straw poll in Ames visit Marc Ambinder – he has summaries of every speech and will report all of the results as they occur. He is really, really good.

St. Springsteen?

posted by David Kuo

I have many Bruce Springsteen fans who are friends. They speak of him and of his concerts with glory in their voices and wonder in their eyes. I’ve never been blessed by him in those ways even though I have […]

Protestants losing their kids

posted by David Kuo

A jarring report in USA Today: Protestant churches are losing young adults in “sobering” numbers, a survey finds. Seven in 10 Protestants ages 18 to 30 — both evangelical and mainline — who went to church regularly in high school […]

The Graham/Gibson picture

posted by David Kuo

After seeing the picture of Billy Graham and Charles Gibson in my interview with Gibson, Wendy Wonderful wrote: WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PIC.. YOU CAN SEE THE LIGHT OF GOD ON THEIR FACES LIKE IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN WHEN MOSES CAME […]

More on Gerson

posted by David Kuo

Pete Wehner, once Mike Gerson’s deputy in the White House, and a friend of colleague of Mike’s (and mine) since the early 1990s writes a fact-based response to Matt Scully’s piece attacking Gerson at National Review Online. Wehner, someone singled […]

The Gerson Story

posted by David Kuo

Matt Scully’s thoroughly devastating piece documenting Michael Gerson’s great talent at self-promotion is breathtaking in its scope, even tone, and fact-based reality. During my nearly three years in the White House, I can attest that what Matt states as fact […]

20/20 on Graham and the Presidents

posted by David Kuo

I got a chance to screen the 20/20 piece on Billy Graham and the presidents and it really is a must-watch. More than any other article or TV program of late, it tells the story of faith and politics in […]

Billy Graham and the Presidents

posted by David Kuo

Tonight on 20/20, Charles Gibson devotes the hour to Billy Graham and his unique relationship with every American president since Harry Truman. Gibson had the opportunity to sit down with Graham and three of his friends – Jimmy Carter, George […]

Broken evolution

posted by David Kuo

An evolution bombshell is going off right now. Since it is an “evolution bombshell” that means it is exploding very slowly and deliberately through the pages of academic journals and the press. The bottom line is that the iconic theory […]

Rudy resisting religious chatter

posted by David Kuo

Yesterday in Iowa Rudy Giuliani kept up with his practice of not talking about his religious practice: “My religious affiliation, my religious practices and the degree to which I am a good or not so good Catholic, I prefer to […]

Finding the next Billy Graham

posted by David Kuo

Many people wonder who will become the next Billy Graham. Mark Batterson, a pastor in Washington, DC, doesn’t answer the question. In highlighting the possibility of new technology to communicate Jesus like never before, he does show where we should […]

Bonfire of the Vanities, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Tom Wolfe has written a romp of an article following up on the “masters of the universe” he wrote about in Bonfire of the Vanities 25 years ago. He focuses his eye on hyper-aggressive, hyper-status conscious, hyper-hyper hedge fund managers […]

Jesus people

posted by David Kuo

It is easy to look back of 21 centuries of Christendom and figure its rise was inevitable. The fashionable arguments of suppressed gospels, altered Gospels, corruption, conspiracy, and the like are well known to most moderns. But what is easy […]

Sad story of George Steinbrenner

posted by David Kuo

A new article on Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner – the mythical “Boss” who has lorded over the team for 34 years – offers a sad snapshot into the aging man’s life. ive minutes later, a solitary figure emerges out of […]

Barry hits, Aaron scores

posted by David Kuo

Barry Bonds hit # 756 tonight in San Francisco. He is the home run king. But on this night where he is crowned, it is the man he passed who stands out. Hank Aaron was not at the ballpark and […]

Karl Rove funds the Democrats (indirectly)

posted by David Kuo

Steve Jobs couldn’t be much more loyal to the Democratic Party. A review of his giving finds more than $250,000 going to Democratic candidates. He did give $1,000 to a Republican once… in 1982. Karl Rove couldn’t be much more […]

“Godly” money?

posted by David Kuo

More on “In God We Trust” on our currency. John E. points out: American presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt strongly disapproved of the idea of evoking God within the context of a “cheap” political motto. In a letter to William […]

Obama and Clinton friends no more

posted by David Kuo

Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama were once the most collegial of colleagues today’s NYT reports. Now? They don’t talk save for trying to look friendly when the camera is trained on them. A big deal? Anything unusual? Of […]

God is not a bat

posted by David Kuo

The scene: Sitting with my two oldest daughters (11 and 9) playing “Dogopoly” (think Monopoly for dogs where Boardwalk and Park Place are a St. Bernard and a Great Dane and where hotels are out but massive dog bones are […]

the new iMacs

posted by David Kuo

Apple is holding an “event” today at 10am PST… a church service of sorts. It won’t be about iPods or iPhones – anything about them will come later this fall. This is about new iMacs. I’m probably Mac’d out – […]

No “In God We Trust”?

posted by David Kuo

An email is making its way back around about the new dollar coins – not that anyone really knows we have the coins or cares that we do – omitting “In God We Trust” from them: Subject: DO NOT ACCEPT […]

The “new Ted Haggard” isn’t

posted by David Kuo

New Life Church, in Colorado Springs, is the mega-church founded by now-disgraced pastor Ted Haggard. It was the collateral damage of last fall’s revelation of Pastor Haggard’s relationship with a gay prostitute. Membership fell by more than 30%. Those remaining […]

The Sunday morning debate

posted by David Kuo

Is the complete mess of the Republican party any clearer than with the fact that all of these men who are trying to compete for votes and attention – and are really trying to mobilize the completely disinterested conservative Christian […]

What draws us to God?

posted by David Kuo

John asked a question in response to my anteater ditty: “Ah David, is there anything that doesn’t draw you closer to God? Collapsing buildings, anteaters, the Red Sox?” Thinker gave a great answer. Here it is in part: One of […]

Anteaters and Us

posted by David Kuo

The National Zoo here in Washington will be unveiling “Little Schnozzy” – a new baby anteater. The WashPost has a fantastic article about the little guy, his parents, and anteaters in general that will absolutely suck you in. Here’s my […]

The Bible Biz

posted by David Kuo

I recently bought a new Bible – a TNIV translation that is supposed to be a bit more accurate and a bit more gender accurate. A friend noticed it – still unread – and after teasing me about whether the […]

Giving God His due

posted by David Kuo

When the bridge went down on Wednesday night, the fears for massive loss of life were great. I talked to a reporter friend on the scene and she said that the sense was it might be pretty bad. Now comes […]

Hucka-back – another perspective on Christians

posted by David Kuo

From Doug about my post on the idiocy of the Hucka-back controversy: I don’t think this reflects Christians, Christianity or Christ. It reflects what happens when the Church becomes a tribe with political aspirations. But I agree with this: political […]

Unaware citizens

posted by David Kuo

Thanks to Jillian for the link to this article about 50% of Americans thinking we found WMDs in Iraq. The article is a year old but is still a jaw-dropper – a much more powerful example of how little we […]

Republican voters and Giuliani

posted by David Kuo

Check this one out – Republican voters don’t know that Giuliani is pro-choice. Hello? McFly? Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll shows that over half of Republican voters can’t identify that Rudy Giuliani is the lone GOP presidential candidate […]

Rude Christians in politics

posted by David Kuo

The juvenile exchange between the very evangelical Mike Huckabee and the very Catholic Sam Brownback continues. The New York Times political blog captures the whole ridiculous situation here. In hugely condensed form, it began with a pastor – not affiliated […]

The (Need a name) Awards – nominee

posted by David Kuo

Several months ago I posted a story about a man in Hawaii who was giving away houses and suggested he be nominated for an award for his kindness. I haven’t paid nearly enough attention to finding such stories. I came […]

The lesson of forgiveness

posted by David Kuo

Four years ago, a little girl in Boston was shot, partially paralyzed, and sentenced to life in a wheelchair. Last year she entered a Boston courtroom and said to the man who shot her, “I forgive you.” It so moved […]

Making no sense of the bridge collapse

posted by David Kuo

The collapse makes no sense. It simply shouldn’t have happened. People driving home from work should not die because a bridge suddenly buckles. The engineers may well find an explanation, a technical explanation, for what occurred. That explanation will still […]

Tom Wolfe: pornography and birth rates

posted by David Kuo

In an interview earlier this year with Rolling Stone, famed author Tom Wolfe opined on the tragedy of religion’s fall from societal graces. A snippet of the audio interview can be found here. At the end of that audio clip […]

Poll: too busy for God

posted by David Kuo

People of the world are too busy for God, so says a major new five-year study: In data collected from over 20,000 Christians with ages ranging from 15 to 88 across 139 countries, The Obstacles to Growth Survey found that […]

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