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October 2007 Archives

Umbert the Unborn

posted by David Kuo

And now… Umbert the Unborn – “the world’s most lovable unborn baby (next to yours!)”

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Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

A new thin place… There is nothing quite like getting away to a remote part of the Amazon jungle. Add to that the hunt for our fine finned friend, the peacock bass, and you have an amazing trip on your […]

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President Hillary Clinton

posted by David Kuo

I just had to see what it felt like to type those words – President Hillary Clinton. It doesn’t seem possible that it is a possibility save for one thing – right now it is the most likely of all […]

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Love the Internet, just don’t LOVE the Internet?

posted by David Kuo

A new poll from Zogby provides interesting insights into our use of and feelings towards, the Internet. The Zogby/463 Internet Attitudes poll found that 24% of Americans said the Internet could serve as a replacement for a significant other. Not […]

HIV origins

posted by David Kuo

I missed this yesterday and perhaps everyone has already seen it, but this made my jaw drop for several reasons. First, that scientists were able to put the pieces together to make this conclusion. That is just staggering to me. […]

God and sports, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Noted columnist EJ Dionne weighs in on sports and politics and faith and Giuliani. It must be noted here that Mr. Dionne is a passionate member of the Red Sox Nation, deliriously happy at a second World Series title in […]

Peanut butter… by jelly

posted by David Kuo

This is funny – a mock wikipedia entry about peanut butter written by jelly. Is there any end to American creativity? My favorite part: By 1904 people everywhere were tainting perfectly delicious Jelly sandwiches by smearing on greasy peanut butter. […]

“the one true gift”

posted by David Kuo

From my friends at Providence Ministries… read on here. It doesn’t look like it on Good Friday, but when Easter finally arrives it will be known that every single loving word and gesture done toward “the least of these” was […]

Evangelical principles?

posted by David Kuo

Over at the Evangelical Outpost, Joe Carter confronts the David Kirkpatrick article on the ‘evangelical crackup’ by saying it “is mostly a rehash of the dominant media perspective on evangelicals and politics, though it is noteworthy for Kirkpatrick’s style of […]

Watching sports to God’s glory?

posted by David Kuo

Ok, watching sports can be a lot of fun – particularly when the Patriots or Yankees are losing or the Steelers or Mets are winning. But here is someone who is thinking long and hard – too long and too […]

An apology

posted by David Kuo

Richard Land’s most important assertion in his post is correct. The language I used in my post on Mike Huckabee and evangelical leaders was, “unchristian, harsh and hostile.” While I stand by the substance of what I wrote – that […]

“The Opiate of the Morally Corrupt”

posted by David Kuo

Bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza has a new book out – What’s So Great About Christianity. It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with defending the Christian faith against the recent attacks of men like Sam Harris […]

D’Souza and Hitchens… on God?

posted by David Kuo

Last week Dinesh debated Christopher Hitchens. Here is a link to the full debate. Below is an excerpt:

Praying for (and writing to) Britney

posted by David Kuo

A church in Kentucky isn’t preaching to Britney, they are praying for her and writing to her: “Take a few minutes and write a note to Britney Spears,” [Southland Christian Church Pastor Jon] Weese said. “No preaching. No criticizing. Just […]

“The Evangelical Crackup”, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Three thoughts on the NYT piece entitled “The Evangelical Crackup”. 1. The evangelical political leadership we’ve known for the past 20 years is headed out. The founding generation of leaders like Falwell and Dobson, who first guided evangelicals into Republican […]

“The Evangelical Crackup”

posted by David Kuo

Long and brilliant piece in today’s NYT Magazine on the cracking up of the evangelical political world. I’ll write more later but here is the piece’s core: Just three years ago, the leaders of the conservative Christian political movement could […]

Anne Rice on New Orleans, still right

posted by David Kuo

I came across this piece that famed novelist Anne Rice wrote as New Orleans sank. It is as true today as it was two years ago. But to my country I want to say this: During this crisis you failed […]

New Orleans and Malibu and Ground Zero

posted by David Kuo

There is something about those awful California fires and our government’s response and President Bush’s response that is bugging me. I’ve isolated the problem. It is two words long. New Orleans. Our government’s response to the fires has been basically […]

What Christians should be combatting

posted by David Kuo

For all the talk about taxes and budgets and Supreme Court justices and gay marriage, here is something that Christians should be uniquely qualified to address – a ridiculously over-stressed nation. Forty-eight percent of Americans say they’re more stressed now […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

Ok, another random friday question: What is a cause for which you would be willing to give your life?

Honoring the World Series

posted by David Kuo

…see if prayer helps you win…Play Games at AddictingGames

Does Jesus want the Rockies to lose?

posted by David Kuo

The Colorado Rockies – the team losing 0-2 in the World Series – have garnered some attention for their faith-based baseball. My friend Patton Dodd, loyal member of the Red Sox Nation (no matter what he might say) even wrote […]

Terrified of Huckabee

posted by David Kuo

Wow, Mike Huckabee does have the front runners very, very nervous. Check out this piece in the WSJ by conservative (very, very economically conservative) John Fund hacking away at Huckabee as a conservative Bill Clinton. …I also know he is […]

Stumbling across wisdom

posted by David Kuo

I just discovered a brilliant oped – unfortunately I am a little more than five years late. In January 2002, former Bush (the first) and Reagan (the only) aide, James Pinkerton wrote a piece criticizing George W. Bush after his […]

Awe, pt. 3

posted by David Kuo

Here are more of Paul Potts’ performances:Semi-final:Final:Results:Today Show:

Awe, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

From my friend Pia who sent along Awe and watched the GodTube video. There is something that links the two videos you posted – vulnerability redeemed. Maybe it is this that makes our breath catch in our throat–seeing the manifestation […]

Dangerous daughters

posted by David Kuo

My fiendish older daughters showed this to me last night. I’m such a sucker for things like this. They knew that. I’ll have to ground them later. Right now I have to play some more. Helicopter Game

Sounds like something Jesus would say…

posted by David Kuo

Ever hear of “no impact man”? Short, short, short version – he and his family live in NYC and aren’t using electricity or any other modern convenience. He has a blog. Today he had this to say and it was […]

Christian Coalition v. Values Voter Summit

posted by David Kuo

Quite a lot has been made of last weekend’s “Values Voter Summit”. It was the largest DC gathering of Christian conservatives since the late 90s. All the major Republican presidential candidates attended. The media was all over it. Many are […]

Parental guilt

posted by David Kuo

We are actively deceiving our two-year-old daughter and my guilt is getting the best of me. The area of deception centers around food – specifically on “ice cream.” Last night I heard her saying “green ice cream, I want green […]

What’s on GodTube

posted by David Kuo

3.2 million hits, 2700 comments:…Jesus’ story will be told and retold and retold in every form for every age to come.

Awe

posted by David Kuo

More than anything anyone has written or said in recent memory, here is proof of God. No accident can explain this wonder or this beauty.

Dems, don’t count your votes…

posted by David Kuo

Are Democrats, buoyed by President Bush’s historically low approval ratings, counting their votes before they are cast? There is increasing evidence they might be: Some Republicans also drew confidence from Saturday’s election of Republican U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal as governor […]

What Muslims love about Jesus

posted by David Kuo

Between 1991 and 2007, Fuller Theological Seminary’s School on Intercultural Studies assembled a report on what drew Muslim converts to Christianity. The study of 750 people doesn’t claim scientific precision, but rather, a glimpse into what makes Jesus attractive to […]

Obama’s huge test

posted by David Kuo

Sen. Barack Obama is to embark on a gospel music tour of South Carolina. He won’t be singing and so he is bringing in some help. This is where things get interesting. One of the musicians on the tour, Grammy […]

Great quote

posted by David Kuo

“My commitment to the Kingdom of God has to be greater than my commitment to the Declaration of Independence.” Greg Boyd Woodland Hills Church St. Paul, MN Boyd, in a sermon called “revolting beauty”, talking about how the radical cost […]

Defending the Values Summit agenda

posted by David Kuo

My rant against the Values Voter Summit Straw Poll “agenda” question encouraged Donny to write defending it: Christians have been REALLY helping the poor since Jesus gave Peter the keys. It is done by changing the immoral into morally sound […]

Amy Sullivan’s Huckabee exploration

posted by David Kuo

Amy Sullivan, Time’s brilliant new political editor, writes the definitive piece on Mike Huckabee and what his tremendous weekend performance at the Values Voter Summit means to him and the rest of the Republican field. Never count out a man […]

Global warming hysteria?

posted by David Kuo

In today’s Wall Street Journal, a fascinating piece by a long-time, pro-environment scientist who does not deny the reality of global warming but rather tries to put in perspective… in hopes that we don’t forget to take care of things […]

America’s wealth from God or…

posted by David Kuo

What an extraordinary exchange about my furious post on the Values Voter Summit “agenda”. Thanks to everyone for both posted comments and private emails. Here are just two: Eleanor: We need to start with the vision. When you start with […]

Smart Christians

posted by David Kuo

An important point from Aquaman. I know, hard to believe Aquaman could make profound points But since we don’t discriminate against anyone on this blog: It’s my privilege to worship each Sunday with a renowned scientist who teaches at Harvard. […]

And Dumbledore

posted by David Kuo

And so Albus Dumbledore is gay. As most of our solar system has now heard, Mr. Dumbledore was outed by author J.K. Rowling. No one has heard anything from Mr. Dumbledore. That is probably because he is a fictional character. […]

Rudy’s new tack

posted by David Kuo

Family Research Council’s chief, Tony Perkins, is saying Rudy Giuliani told him: “if the Defense of Marriage Act appeared to be failing or if multiple states began to legalize same-sex marriages, then he would support the constitutional amendment.” Given Giuliani’s […]

Huckabee rising

posted by David Kuo

Andrew Sullivan has a terrific recap of the Values Voter straw poll showing that the true winner was Mike Huckabee. It makes sense. Now that Brownback is gone, his supporters are most likely to go with his ideological and theological […]

The Teacher

posted by David Kuo

A beautiful tribute to former Steelers head coach Chuck Noll – winner of four Super Bowls. No, he’s not dead, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is doing a history of the Steelers in their 75th year and the tribute is just […]

Christian conservative confusion

posted by David Kuo

Mitt Romney won the straw poll conducted at Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit with 28 percent of the 5,776 votes cast, just 30 votes ahead of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Rudy Giuliani got 2% – or 107 – […]

Values Voter Summit Straw Poll

posted by David Kuo

Just in case there was ANY doubt about how little Christian conservative leaders care about the poor, here is their list of big issues on their presidential straw poll being taking this weekend: 3. Please indicate which issue is the […]

Giuliani at “Values Voter Summit”

posted by David Kuo

Leaving aside the surreal and throughly un-Biblical mixing of Jesus and politics at the Values Voter Summit – replete with worship leader Ron Freeman jazzing up the worship hymn with “We’ve got the right Senate and the Congress!” Some thoughts […]

Learning forgiveness

posted by David Kuo

This is forgiveness. Thanks Erica for sending.

Good for Mitt Romney

posted by David Kuo

Today at the Family Research Council’s “Values Voter Summit“, Mitt Romney said this: Bill Cosby related that in some inner cities: “There are whole blocks with scarcely a married couple, whole blocks without responsible males to watch out for wayward […]

An ORU grad on “ORU-gate”

posted by David Kuo

This post comes from Ian Spier, an ORU graduate: The ORU scandal has many an alumni concerned–concerned that a university with already questionable credibility has now lost whatever shred of it remained, and concerned, as a result, that their degree […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

This moves me to no end… and I’m not sure why. Thank you HAK.

What Ralph Reed is thinking…

posted by David Kuo

I ran into Ralph at a conference last week after not seeing him for a long time. He agreed to a quick interview: Should we just hand the keys to whichever Democrat wins the nomination? It sure seems like the […]

Evangelicals fearing evangelicals

posted by David Kuo

A recent meeting of leading evangelical leaders issued a statement about evangelicalism that read, in part: “We have become deeply concerned about some movements within traditional evangelicalism that seem to be diminishing the church’s life and leading us away from […]

U2 Challenge

posted by David Kuo

Can anyone name everyone in this video?Thanks to Amy for suggesting. We were on the same wavelength today because I’ve been sending it around… I think it is the most wonderful video ever.

Prayer, again

posted by David Kuo

I watched Evan Almighty last night. I am on day four of chemo and so my views could be way warped but I really liked it. Of course the fact that I misted up at one point would suggest it […]

Top five U2 songs…

posted by David Kuo

I think this is the definitive list… my wife disagrees:5. Zoo Station – Probably just because Livvy and I dance around the house whenever it comes on4. Acrobat – Maybe it is just because it the first song on my […]

America’s heartlessness?

posted by David Kuo

Great journalism: In December, the United Nations took up a resolution calling for the abolition of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for children and young teenagers. The vote was 185 to 1, with the United States the lone […]

Faith-based baseball

posted by David Kuo

Everyone in the sports world is trying to explain the remarkable rise of the Colorado Rockies. The team was won 21 of its last 22 games and is 7-0 in the playoffs. This would be big news no matter which […]

Kurt Warner, Pt. 3

posted by David Kuo

As Larry Parker notes, the news out of Arizona is that Kurt Warner’s injury is less serious than feared and that means he might actually play on Sunday (my fantasy football team will be pleased although I didn’t actually pray […]

Richard Roberts taking a leave at ORU

posted by David Kuo

All the signs of unraveling scandal can be found at ORU where Richard Roberts has now asked his hand-picked Board of Regents to take a leave of absence. At a school where Roberts’ wife is seriously called “the first lady” […]

Romney’s evangelical opponents

posted by David Kuo

Those evangelicals opposing Mitt Romney on spiritual grounds are becoming more direct in their opposition. Concerned evangelicals oppose the belief that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s theological differences are less important than his seemingly shared conservative social values. They also […]

Tempting Faith

posted by David Kuo

The paperback version of my book is now out. A lot has been said and written about it – mostly from people who haven’t ever read it. That has been a challenge because the book is not fundamentally a White […]

Our world, like it or not

posted by David Kuo

From my friend Jen’s blog about her time in Haiti… She has managed to put words to something too awful for words… This was one of those days that just makes you wonder what the heck you can even do […]

Exploit the Beatles…and U2

posted by David Kuo

A great post on the commercial (literally) exploitation of the Beatles music… what got me is the horrifying thought that one day this could happen to U2’s music… Perhaps my fondness for the Beatles is slipping into dogmatic obsession, but […]

Tyler Perry’s faith-based films

posted by David Kuo

When Tyler Perry’s new movie buried the new George Clooney flick and the new Cate Blanchett and Mark Wahlberg films as well, a lot of people began to ask why. USA Today has a succinct answer: Perry has managed to […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

Here is an unusual thin place – or perhaps there are no unusual thin places: Charlottesville, Virginia 9:20pm, September 2007 I’ll admit this is a bit silly. But sitting as I was on a bench outside an ice cream parlor, […]

Obama altar calls?

posted by David Kuo

This is getting ridiculous: The invitation appeared one Sunday in Joanna Chase’s church bulletin: Come to a “faith forum” and join a conversation about the intersection of religion and politics. Living in New Hampshire, Chase is accustomed to pitches from […]

Sen. Obama’s increasing faith

posted by David Kuo

Sen. Obama’s faith-based politics seem to be intensifying: Speaking before religious leaders and others at what he called an “interfaith forum on climate change,” the Illinois senator said God has entrusted humans with the responsibility of caring for the earth, […]

Kurt Warner’s prayers, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Two different points made on my first Warner post – PatientWitness writes: Ironically enough, I think that if God had miraculously cured the elbow injury of a football player after not healing young Mitch last month, I might have ceased […]

John Paul II, 2?

posted by David Kuo

Is this a picture of Pope John Paul II appearing in a fire in Poland at a cerermony marking the second anniversary of his death?

Colbert, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

A couple of my favorite Colbert moments.

Stephen Colbert, columnist

posted by David Kuo

Stephen Colbert took over Maureen Dowd’s column in yesterday’s NYT… I’d like to thank Maureen Dowd for permitting/begging me to write her column today. As I type this, she’s watching from an overstuffed divan, petting her prize Abyssinian and sipping […]

The penguin returns

posted by David Kuo

The penguin (and the abominable snowman) are back. As with their original appearance last fall, I want to say again that I do not endorse abominable snowmen smacking penguins and think this is just an artistic metaphor showing something…and is […]

Kurt Warner’s prayers

posted by David Kuo

Former NFL MVP and Arizona Cardinals QB, Kurt Warner tore ligaments in his left (non-throwing) elbow yesterday during a game. Last night he apparently sent out an email to family and friends saying he expected God would miraculously cure him […]

Huckabee and the Bush backlash

posted by David Kuo

In yet another article wondering why Mike Huckabee isn’t the Christian right’s darling, there is a hint as to the real answer. Christian conservative leader, Mark DeMoss, who is helping Romney recently wrote to fellow activists: “If I believed similar […]

Erik Prince and Blackwater

posted by David Kuo

An intense article about Blackwater and its founder Erik Prince in the newly-remodeled version of Newsweek. Prince’s casual mingling of his Christian faith with his “private security firm” has always struck me as just a little bit odd. I try […]

“Golden Prisons”

posted by David Kuo

I was talking to my friend Pia last week about poverty. She is an extraordinary woman committed to serving God with mind, heart, and hands. As we talked, she raised a question about the nature of poverty – about what […]

DiIulionism

posted by David Kuo

John DiIulio, famed political scientist, Godfather of the faith-based movement, President Bush’s first (and only effective) head of his faith-based initiative, has a new book out. It is entitled Godly Republic and no review I could give it could top […]

Red-, blue-, and black-letter Christians

posted by David Kuo

There is a great exchange in Christianity Today about the so-called “red letter Christians” and their political and cultural positioning. Writer Stan Guthrie argues: …while Christians should not be beholden to any political party, our politics must be informed by […]

New allegations against Richard Roberts

posted by David Kuo

There are shocking new allegations against Richard and Lindsay Roberts. There is something about the specificity of these allegations that has the smell of truth and a bigger scandal behind it.

Why we should dig Al Gore

posted by David Kuo

We should dig Al Gore. We don’t have to agree with everything he says – or anything he says for that matter – but we should give him major kudos. The guy suffered the most vexing and difficult defeat in […]

Random Friday question, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Here’s the second random Friday question: Whatever happened to plain old soap in hotel rooms? I’m up here in New Haven and I’m staying in a perfectly nice (but in no way fancy) hotel. When I looked for the soap […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

The random Friday question returns courtesy of Doug: I wonder if free will is hereditary. Ok, it isn’t exactly a question but it feels like a question.

Who do you really want to be President?

posted by David Kuo

Here it is, the definitive way to choose your presidential candidate – a policy-based survey that matches up your views of how the world should be run with what the candidates are saying. Do you think anyone will end up […]

Bad atheist books

posted by David Kuo

An interesting attack on the rash of militant-atheist authored books in the LA Times: Voltaire and his colleagues attacked the dominant values of their day, at great risk to themselves. By almost comical contrast, the new anti-religionists are safely needling […]

1/5 pregnancies end in abortion

posted by David Kuo

A new study reports: One in five pregnancies worldwide ends in an abortion, amounting to a significant fall compared with the mid-nineties, but nearly half these terminations still take place in unsafe conditions, a study says. In 2003, the latest […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

Today’s thin place from Blue Delliquanti Ticino, Switerland There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. — G. K. Chesterton Continue to send your thin places to me at dkuoblog@mac.com.

Voices and Votes

posted by David Kuo

I’m off this evening to attend a conference on faith and politics up at Yale. It should be truly fascinating. It starts (and ends) tomorrow. Click here for a live webcast of the public parts of the forum.

Something good that works

posted by David Kuo

Here’s a concept, something positive and a bit original to help people and there isn’t any controversy. What a deal! State government and the Arkansas Interfaith Conference will work together in a pilot program to help Arkansans obtain their share […]

Rebutting Richard Roberts about ORU

posted by David Kuo

Earlier this week Richard and Lindsay Roberts made an appearance on Larry King Live to discuss allegations made against them by three former professors at Oral Roberts University. The evening the Roberts appeared on Larry King, a friend sent me […]

Nancy Pelosi, praying

posted by David Kuo

I missed this on Sunday – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was being interviewed on Fox News Sunday and was asked about her comment that she was praying for President Bush to change his heart on SCHIP legislation. Here is the […]

Do genetics excuse everything?

posted by David Kuo

I’m reading a story in today’s NYT about kids being picky eaters: A week’s worth of dinners for young Fiona Jacobson looks like this: Noodles. Noodles. Noodles. Noodles. French fries. Noodles. On the seventh day, the 5-year-old from Forest Hills, […]

Politics and Jesus

posted by David Kuo

I believe that pastors have gotten way too involved in politics. The evidence is growing that political involvement is increasingly an impediment to people discovering who Jesus really was. But what I struggle with are questions like these: If you […]

Want to go back to college?

posted by David Kuo

Check out this new offering from YouTube – college courses. Here is a question, if you could take college courses online from your favorite writers or thinkers or profs would you do it? Would you pay for it?

Evangelicals on Obama

posted by David Kuo

Obama’s religious talk is bugging some evangelicals: Like his predecessor Howard Dean before him, Sen. Obama must have been reading from the DNC’s pamphlet “How to Speak Like an Evangelical.” Trouble is, whoever wrote the Democrats’ book on evangelicaspeak probably […]

Attacking Hillary Clinton

posted by David Kuo

During yesterday evening’s Republican debate, Hillary Clinton’s name was mentioned 12 times. Barack Obama’s? 0. Why? Because Republicans still think that merely mentioning her name in a critical way will make them look good to their Republican base – they […]

Polar bears on global warming

posted by David Kuo

The polar bears speak:

ORU’s problems

posted by David Kuo

The newest controversy at Oral Roberts University is most easily summarized this way: Three professors, John Swails, Tim Brooker and Paulita Brooker, were fired for allegedly voicing concerns about the university’s involvement in Tulsa’s recent mayoral race — a move […]

I see naked people

posted by David Kuo

So what is it with us and naked people? People have been sending around photos of “naked” people discovered on Google Earth for the last year. Keep in mind that these figures are, at best, really, really, really tiny figures […]

Halo outreach?

posted by David Kuo

Wondering if this pushes the limits of ‘Christian outreach’? Another massively popular Halo video game is out, which means another controversial opportunity for churches to outreach to youth. Already passed $300 million in sales, Halo 3 is being picked up […]

What would Jesus support?

posted by David Kuo

Great, great comments on the last SCHIP post. So here is the question. What would Jesus support? Would he support universal health care? I think the answer is absolutely, unequivocally yes. Jesus would want every single person covered by a […]

Was(Is) Jesus cool? Let’s debate

posted by David Kuo

Was Jesus cool? What do you think? Our friend Elvis (the alive one) wrote this: I think Jesus was always sitting with the weird kids at the proverbial 1st-century Palestine lunch table. Tax collectors? They’re not cool. And Jesus was […]

The heat wave

posted by David Kuo

I’ve finally found a decent explanation for why it will be 90 here today and why it is 85 in Buffalo. Here it is.

Thin place…not

posted by David Kuo

I would love to post this picture and wax nostalgic about how in the midst of really impressive kitchen mess (created, believe it or not, just since lunch today) I felt God’s presence and fell to the ground in holy […]

The heresy of cool?

posted by David Kuo

Can you be “cool” and be into Jesus? At least one person thinks not: Coolness is heretical. Or at least the pursuit of it is. This is because an inverse relationship exists between our attempts at being cool and our […]

My Monday morning habit (Sept-Feb)

posted by David Kuo

My guilty pleasure every Monday morning during football season is Peter King’s “Monday Morning QB” on cnnsi.com. King is a terrific, terrific writer and his insights and thoughts about the NFL – and other random topics from time to time […]

Poli-pastors

posted by David Kuo

Beware the poli-pastors. Politicians have always been chided for promising anything during a campaign, even the moon in the form of manned lunar bases, and metaphorically in the form of economic bliss, health care nirvana, and two-sentence solutions to Iraq. […]

Bush’s unintentional SCHIP sermon

posted by David Kuo

Perhaps President Bush is teaching a most unintentional lesson to Christians with the ear to hear. I’m obviously upset with his SCHIP decisions and have written about it here and here and here and here. But read what Pudge writes: […]

unChristian

posted by David Kuo

Here are two quick videos about the new book, unChristian: and

The Christian threat

posted by David Kuo

A new book is out from the president of the Barna Group – an evangelical polling, consulting, uber group. His name is David Kinnaman and along with Gabe Lyons he has written a book that is a sober read for […]

“Help us stop Hillary”

posted by David Kuo

It appears that NRO (National Review Online), the standard-bearer of conservatism is having financial problems. Their solution? Plaster a huge banner atop their stories that reads “Help us stop Hillary” to get people to donate to their “Fall 2007 Webathon.” […]

Life in Haiti

posted by David Kuo

I found this on my new friend Jen’s blog… it is a quick description of daily life in Haiti: –If your child is sick or has a medical emergency, there is no 911 to call. No ambulance service. Let’s hope […]

An update from Mitch’s family

posted by David Kuo

I found this note from Mitch’s family: Tracy and I are doing alright…….in light of the road we now travel. Meredith is off the chart good…….which is no surprise. It is nice to be able to breathe and grieve, but […]

“Deadly virus of Christian Celebrity”

posted by David Kuo

From Charisma Magazine’s editorial page a devastating critique of “Christian celebrity”: One friend of mine in Texas recently inquired to see if a prominent preacher could speak at her conference. The minister’s assistant faxed back a list of requirements that […]

Is capitalism ending poverty?

posted by David Kuo

Stephen Moore, opines in today’s WSJ about a new United Nations report, “State of the Future”. Of it he says: A new United Nations report called “State of the Future” concludes: “People around the world are becoming healthier, wealthier, better […]

Politics and JWalking

posted by David Kuo

A quick note on politics on this blog. There are times such as now that I get ticked off at a particular political occurrence (see my SCHIP rants). I want to emphasize that when I write about those things I […]

Grassley on SCHIP and the Bush lies

posted by David Kuo

I won’t tackle President Bush’s lies about SCHIP, I’ll let someone else do it. I choose conservative Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley from Iowa tackling the White House assertion – no, the White House lie – that Bush vetoed the bill […]

$100 million less

posted by David Kuo

The Republicans have reported their fundraising numbers for the last quarter. Rudy Giuliani is in with $11 million, Mitt Romney raised $10 million, Fred Thompson a little more than $9 million and down the line John McCain raised $6 million […]

more on Bush SCHIP/health care

posted by David Kuo

President Bush’s veto of SCHIP legislation impacts lives in cities and in suburbs and in rural areas. Read what Charity has to say: Speaking as a citizen of a very red state (Nebraska) – I was on a conference/town hall […]

“You are making a killing in genocide”

posted by David Kuo

A powerful new ad from Save DarfurThe offenders? Click below…

Bush, SCHIP, his shame

posted by David Kuo

President Bush has vetoed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) legislation to his moral shame. History will not be kind to his compassionless presidency. The best critique I’ve read is found here: Last week, Bush threatened to veto a […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

I’m not sure this is a “thin place“. It seems more along the lines of a miracle…. You be the judge. Thanks to Holly for the story. She writes: “A very thin place – the living room of a bunch […]

on MSNBC

posted by David Kuo

A segment I did on MSNBC yesterday:

What’s the Hillary problem?

posted by David Kuo

So why do people have such a problem with Sen. Hillary Clinton? One reader, Jillian, puts the question this way: Ask people about Hillary Clinton and you get the same range of admiring and abyssmally jealous/resentful/ego-violated scornful responses as you […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

A thin place from a reader: Kruger National Park, South Africa “An evening ride in an open Land Rover and a stumble across a small pride and a roar and the tremble and the sense I had come across the […]

Dobson and Giuliani, Pt. 3

posted by David Kuo

I got this from a friend senior in politics and senior in his faith as well: My observations about having a third party candidate from the christian right: – It would seal the deal for the D’s winning the White […]

A book for Britney

posted by David Kuo

Every cliche about the challenges of parenthood is true. Kids test your patience, your pride, your selfishness, your love, your sleep and everything else. Kids give boundless joy, knee-bending grace, and truly unconditional love. They are life. And as I’ve […]

Chewbacca lives…in a Hoover

posted by David Kuo

Priceless:

Nice words for President Bush

posted by David Kuo

Nice words on President Bush from Bono as he received the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center: I want to say that the current President Bush was not only gracious, he was passionate — passionate about doing more for […]

Classic childhood moment

posted by David Kuo

Time: 9am Date: Today Place: Bathroom I walk into our upstairs bathroom and find our two-year-old, Livvy, looking at our toiler saying, “Where is my flusher?” “Where did my flusher go?” Her arms are out at her side in bewilderment. […]

the religious left and Jesus, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Following up on yesterday’s post on the “religious left,” I found a brilliant and thought-provoking post on Greg Boyd’s blog. He begins this way: Someone e-mailed me with a question worth wrestling with. He said he heard a well known […]

SNL – “Iran So Far”

posted by David Kuo

From Saturday Night Live – a love song for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad… more than speaks for itself:

A “winger” on Dobson and Giuliani

posted by David Kuo

I got this from a dear friend… this is a must read if you want to understand why Dobson and co. are so terrified. My friend is, as you will read, a self-described “winger” – very conservative. As a winger, […]

Dobson v. Giuliani, Rd. 1

posted by David Kuo

Ok, it isn’t really round one but for my purposes it is. After news broke this weekend about the – all to predictable – call from James Dobson and friends about a third party for Christian conservatives, I started emailing […]

High cows haikus – vote now

posted by David Kuo

Following up on the “high” cow haiku contest that began with the story about how marijuana inhibits mad cow disease, here are your choices. Winner wins an itunes gift certificate. Either post comment below or email me at: dkuoblog@mac.com 1) […]

the “religious left” and fasting

posted by David Kuo

A year ago, when Tempting Faith was published, one of the things that received a lot of attention was my call for evangelicals to “fast” from politics. Here is a snippet: I’m not talking about a permanent retreat from politics. […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

Perhaps following up on my mopey posts about the Mets and the Steelers, someone sent me this picture as (they say) a genuine thin place. They wish to remain anonymous. Here is what they write: Not too long ago I […]

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