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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Fasting

posted by David Kuo

A year ago I wrote about the need for Christians to take a fast from politics. Tonight I write about my need to take a fast from watching sports. I honestly don’t do it very often – with young kids […]

Hate

posted by David Kuo

Hate: v., hat·ed, hat·ing, hates. v.tr. 1. a) To feel hostility or animosity toward. b) To detest. I hate the New York Mets. I do. I feel hostility towards them. I feel animosity towards them. I detest them. I hate […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

Here is one from Larry. It is Peter Gabriel’s Solsbury Hill. He writes that it is a thin place for him because “there is a hill in my hometown where a life-changing event took place for me, and I immediately […]

The faith-based voter

posted by David Kuo

Thank you Holly for finding this one. It sort of speaks for itself.

Baltimore Book Festival

posted by David Kuo

I’ll be at the Baltimore Book Festival tomorrow, Saturday, on a panel talking about… yes!… faith and politics. It should be a good discussion. I’ll be joining former Md. Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, PBS’ Ray Suarez, and others at […]

John McCain over the edge

posted by David Kuo

It appears that Sen. McCain has gone over the religious edge. In a new, exclusive inteview with Beliefnet, McCain reveals to my new colleague Dan Gilgoff – welcome Dan! – a remarkably sectarian view of America. When John McCain ran […]

For a Friday smile

posted by David Kuo

Here is the link for the San Diego Zoo Panda Cam – it isn’t the peace that surpasses all understanding I find when I watch the pandas but there is definitely peace… enjoy.

Where is the church headed?

posted by David Kuo

Relevant Magazine has an interesting feature about the future of the church. It features Rick Warren, Rob Bell, and other Christian leaders. Here is their take on politics: How should Christians be involved in the political system? Rob Bell: At […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

Are there parallel universes? And if so does it prove or disprove God’s existence? Look here first.

My new favorite blog

posted by David Kuo

My new favorite blog is written by a 29-year-old woman, who loves U2, is a Lost-fanatic, loves Napolean Dynamite and Jesus (not in that order), is a pediatrician, and decided to give up the lure of American luxury to practice […]

Pope euthanized?

posted by David Kuo

There is a provocative new article in an Italian magazine speculating that Pope John Paul II was actually euthanized – at least according to the definition of euthanasia used by the Catholic church: In a provocative article, an Italian medical […]

Religious books back in prisons

posted by David Kuo

After saying it was sticking by the policy to only allow “approved” religious books in prisons, it seems the government has changed its mind: After the details of the removal became widely known this month, Republican lawmakers, liberal Christians and […]

“Mitchell wins”

posted by David Kuo

That is what his parents wrote after Mitchell died this morning at 3am. 9/27/2007 Mitchell Wins……… Friends, Mitchell went to be with the Lord at 3am this morning. It was very peaceful and we both got to watch him pass […]

More on Mitch at the end…

posted by David Kuo

I read this post about Mitch late yesterday afternoon, closed my laptop and headed home to be with my family and revel in the fact that we are together. This is the other side of heartbreaking: 9/26/2007 Day 23………Peace and […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

This from Marcia: I experience “Thin Places” in the people we meet in Haiti. A Haitian proverb “Lespwa fe viv” translates to “Hope makes us live”. Seeing this kind of hope in poverty has allowed me to realize my own […]

What the $$ means for R’s…

posted by David Kuo

Inside all the numbers analysis surrounding the latest round of presidential campaign money raising is this amazing statistic: According to an August analysis by the Campaign Finance Institute done in partnership with Politico… among Republican givers, 89 percent of donors […]

U2 goose-bumps

posted by David Kuo

I found this tonight. Spectacular.

Why Christian whining?

posted by David Kuo

Is there Biblical justification for Christians protesting “anti-Christian” behavior? I ask because of the reaction by some about the poster affiliated with the Folslom Street Fair. “Folsom” as it is known, is described by organizers as “the world’s largest leather […]

Two beautiful letters

posted by David Kuo

I repost something beautiful from the comments section attached to my last post about Mitch. Please read to the end: My heart is melting. It is pooling in the same place in my body that it did less than a […]

Terrence Howard on the Bible

posted by David Kuo

Check out this interview with noted actor Terrence Howard in New York Magazine – not exactly a hotbed of conservative activism: Do you align yourself with any party? No, I firmly believe in what the Bible set out: that God’s […]

100,000 pieces of the Pope’s robe

posted by David Kuo

A cassock worn by Pope John Paul II is being cut up into 100,000 pieces and given away to people (some of whom make a donation) who use them to augment their prayers: The relics on offer are known as […]

Jesus, Mahmoud, con’t

posted by David Kuo

Different thoughts on what Jesus might say to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: From Saadaya: Jesus didn’t go for rhetoric, like the Iranian President’s, he was straightforward and direct. He was the very embodiment of Truth. I can see some of Jesus in […]

Awaiting Mitchell’s beginning

posted by David Kuo

For Mitch and for his family and for all who pray for him it is now time to wait for his rebirth: 9/25/2007 Day 22 As parents we begin making decisions for our children long before they are even born,what […]

The 23rd Psalm

posted by David Kuo

I’ve said the 23rd Psalm countless times but last night, for the first time, a new thought and a new image – a smiling shepherd. Every time I have said that Psalm and reflected on the Psalm I’ve thought of […]

Jesus introduces Ahmadinejad

posted by David Kuo

You may have seen Columbia’s president, Lee Bollinger, introduce Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday. It wasn’t exactly a love-in. That introduction plus all of the protests got me to thinking about how Jesus might have introduced Ahmadinejad. Would he have listed all […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

Eight years ago tonight I married Kimberly Ann McCreery. As with all weddings I was left with snapshots in my head that I tried to take throughout the busy day. They were the kind of snapshots the hired photographer never […]

A Jewish lesbian’s crush on Ahmadinejad

posted by David Kuo

You really can find absolutely anything on the Web. Anything. For instance, an entry entitled “Why I Have a Little Crush on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad” . The writer, Sally Kohn, begins: I know I’m a Jewish lesbian and he’d probably have […]

Bush says Hillary will win…and?

posted by David Kuo

Perhaps it is all the Welch’s grape soda but I am not sure why it is a big deal that President Bush has reportedly said Sen. Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. It is all over the news and blogosphere. […]

Gore, Nobel Peace Prize?

posted by David Kuo

Christopher Hitchens predicts that Al Gore will win the Nobel Peace Prize this year: On Oct. 12, we shall hear again from Oslo, and I will be very surprised indeed if the peace prize is not awarded to Albert Gore […]

Mitch

posted by David Kuo

More on Mitch. He is still battling: 9/24/2007 Day 21…….. We are still making every effort to keep Mitchell comfortable. Last night was very trying……….Mitchell was very unsettled. That strong will of his makes him so hard to sedate……..he went […]

Appreciating pregnancy

posted by David Kuo

I think I am a pregnant woman. No, I think I appreciate what it is like to be a pregnant woman. Sort of. So I finished another round of chemo last week. For two and a couple days afterwards I […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

A reader writes: “From this balcony I heard from God for the first time in a very, very long time. I remember thinking, ‘This is a holy place.’ I guess it was a ‘thin place.’” Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico Please […]

Iranians loving Christian TV

posted by David Kuo

Interesting story – a Christian satellite channel is apparently one of the more popular channels in Iran. This stood out: …SAT-7 [has] deliberately chosen not to tackle political issues and focuses instead on the message of hope and peace. “I […]

High cows (not Hai-kus) – win iTunes gift certificate

posted by David Kuo

Thank you Andrew Sullivan for finding this. Can someone come up with a good haiku for high cows? Winner will get a $15 iTunes gift certificate.

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

Today’s thin place is one that can only be reached by words. Thank you Thinker: Watching your child suffer is the worst – it comes no more painful than that. But those days in the hospital were often times of […]

Mitch – near the end

posted by David Kuo

9/22/2007 Day 19………and so it goes….. All, Mitch’s chance for a meaningful recovery are beyond bleak. Mitch’s breathing difficulties continue to worsen and the infection is getting worse. We can not start chemo with Mitch in this condition because I […]

Jena

posted by David Kuo

If you are like me and don’t understand what happened in Jena, here is a helpful timeline.

My Mormon visitors

posted by David Kuo

This morning as I got ready for a short family walk I grabbed a t-shirt off the top of my t-shirt stack in the closet. I put it on without looking at it. On the way out the door two […]

God on trial

posted by David Kuo

It is hard to look at all the Mitchell is going through and not question and challenge and even, shamefully, accuse God. My friend Greg Boyd examines just this sort of thing in his blog today. Regarding that lawsuit against […]

Thompson/Dobson

posted by David Kuo

Well, it wasn’t the most powerful response – more like, “Uh, huh, yuh” but Fred Thompson pretty much blew off James Dobson’s critiques. Maybe what it shows more than anything else is Dobson’s declining influence and current Republican disregard for […]

From Donny…

posted by David Kuo

From Donny, about Mitchell: If faith were just a wish upon nothing, I would not be crying right now. I would not pray for Mitchell. I would see Mitch through my tears and move on as if nothing were before […]

Why we are parents

posted by David Kuo

In response to my post on the $1000 football helmet, Charity writes: …the primary purpose of our job as parents is NOT to protect our children. The primary purpose (I believe) is to raise them into adulthood to be functioning […]

A little satire

posted by David Kuo

From the people at Slate… very funny.

Mitchell at night

posted by David Kuo

I can’t get this little boy out of my thoughts…and prayers. Last evening’s wrenching update: 9/20/2007 Thursday night in the ICU Family, Friends, & Fans……. The day that was Mitchell’s breathing has improved exponentially. He is as comfortable as a […]

More Mitch

posted by David Kuo

Go here for the latest on Mitch. Things don’t look good right now – please pray

Meet Burns Strider, Sen. Clinton’s Faith Adviser

posted by David Kuo

I did not expect Burns Strider when I met Burns Strider. I knew he was Senior Adviser and Director of Faith Based Outreach to Sen. Clinton and her campaign for President. I knew he had worked on faith and values […]

The Dobson speaks

posted by David Kuo

James Dobson has spoken – written, actually – about Fred Thompson. Note – he doesn’t like him: “Isn’t Thompson the candidate who is opposed to a Constitutional amendment to protect marriage, believes there should be 50 different definitions of marriage […]

Christians for deportation

posted by David Kuo

A friend sent this to me. It kind of speaks for itself I went back home last week and had dinner with some old friends. It was fun chitter chatter about all the expected things. Now that we are a […]

Thin places

posted by David Kuo

Sometimes, perhaps most of the time, our thin places will be found in the simplest of places. I know that my most intense moments of meditation and prayer with God have come in prayer in my home office or in […]

The OJ-free zone

posted by David Kuo

There will be no OJ posts in this blog. None (apart from this one). I can’t stand to think about it – about any of it. I remember back in the “summer of OJ” I had a colleague who watched […]

Collins v. Dawkins, God and evolution

posted by David Kuo

In response to some of the discussion about my last post re: genes and morality, I’m posting an interesting section of the debate between Richard Dawkins and Francis Collins Time printed last year. The full article can be found here. […]

Morality in our genes?

posted by David Kuo

The NYT has a thought-provoking article on whether morality – “do unto others” for instance – is written in our genes. Sexy premise – evolution offers the answers to morality: Where do moral rules come from? From reason, some philosophers […]

Faith of our Fathers

posted by David Kuo

A thought from the old hymn, “Faith of Our Fathers” about what it means to love Jesus and love others: Faith of our fathers, we will love Both friend and foe in all our strife; And preach thee, too, as […]

More Mitch

posted by David Kuo

Sometimes it is harder to pray for a person without seeing their face. Here is a picture of Mitch and his family… let’s keep praying that God keeps them whole. Go Mitch go.

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

This morning a thin place of a different sort from Deacon Greg Kandra:Thanks Greg and thanks for your terrific blog too. Check out Greg’s blog, The Deacon’s Bench. Please continue to send your thin places to me at dkuoblog@mac.com.

My last Slate post

posted by David Kuo

I’ve posted my last email to Hanna Rosin over at Slate. It has been a wonderful exchange and I look forward to her final response later today. Here is part of what I had to say. To read it all, […]

Gorbachev and Louis Vuitton – did I miss the apocalypse?

posted by David Kuo

Is it possible that I missed the apocalypse? Seriously? Did it come and go? Was it nice? I ask because of this: Gorbachev is the new face of Louis Vuitton, luxury bag/clothes/etc. maker. My friend Rod Dreher calls it the […]

More on Mitch

posted by David Kuo

Here is a bit more on Mitch, the boy battling leukemia: Dear Friends, As I write this, Mitchell is recovering beside me in his bed……..resting in relative comfort (which means minimal discomfort). All of the procedures we performed successfully today […]

The $1,000 football helmet

posted by David Kuo

Found in Time: Coming soon to a worried parent near you: a sales pitch for a $1,000 football helmet that can monitor the precise location and severity of impacts to little Johnny’s head. Leading helmetmaker Riddell plans to begin flooding […]

Anne Rice on Jesus, vampires, writing

posted by David Kuo

On her website, novelist Anne Rice offers a lengthy and fascinating and important defense of her “earlier” (pre-Christian conversion) works within the context of her Christian faith. She writes in part: Let me begin by saying that I see my […]

Bush losing more conservatives

posted by David Kuo

What is the old saying? Hell hath no fury…? Well, conservatives are increasingly feeling like that scorned lover. The latest is over Bush’s nominee for Attorney General. Powerline blog covers it best: I wasn’t going to write anything more about […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

Thanks to Linda for this thinnest of places: Makaha Beach, Hawaii Please continue to send your thin places to me at dkuoblog@mac.com

The theology of heaven

posted by David Kuo

Re: heaven, John E. makes some great points: The theology of heaven needs some work. As it stands in the layman’s mind, it currently appeals mostly to the very young or simpleminded: Yes, there will be ice cream, and puppies, […]

Slate-ing it

posted by David Kuo

I’m having a public email discussion with Hanna Rosin, author of God’s Harvard over on Slate. It will be running the next several days, check it out.

Democrats = Republicans = Icarus?

posted by David Kuo

Apparently some Democrats aren’t only excited about their political prospects in 2008, they are really excited about their prospects in 2010. Sizable gains next year over the party’s current 51-49 edge would put it within striking distance of a filibuster-proof […]

The man who SING(s), pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Here is my interview with John Scanlon, the man behind SING. You were a lawyer and a banker and you read a Washington Post article  and a month later you were in Uganda. Huh?   I know, it sounds nuts!  […]

Please pray for a boy named Mitch

posted by David Kuo

There is a little boy in a cancer ward in Oklahoma who is in dire need of a miracle. There is a family caring for the little boy who needs that same miracle. His name is Mitch and he has […]

The man who SING(s)

posted by David Kuo

John Scanlon was an attorney and a banker and lived a happy life in DC’s Georgetown community. Then one day he opened his Washington Post and read an article about AIDS in Uganda. It was the sort of article we […]

The GOP muddle

posted by David Kuo

The latest AP poll puts into sharp relief what everyone already knows – the GOP is a grandly opposed party: White men, conservatives, evangelicals and other pivotal blocs are divided among the Republican Party’s leading contenders for president, leaving the […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

Continuing with the wonderful thin places posts, thanks to Denise for this: Pioneer Cemetary, Ft. Davis, TX Denise writes: I was struck by the beauty and serenity of these final resting places. I couldn’t choose among the photos taken that […]

OJ

posted by David Kuo

Is it fate? Guilt? Repressed guilt? A subconscious desire to be punished? Monumentally bad luck? Someone please find us a psychologist or psychiatrist so we can have a chat about OJ because this whole arrest thing on the heels of […]

Converted by Clinton

posted by David Kuo

Bill Clinton’s new book, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World is out to much fanfare. I haven’t read it yet and frankly wasn’t planning on reading it. But then a friend send me a note saying, “So […]

Best tribute to Luciano

posted by David Kuo

A little belatedly I’ve stumbled across the best eulogy to the late Luciano Pavoratti. It is, perhaps not surprisingly, from another dramatist named Bono. If the purpose of a eulogy is to capture a person, to celebrate a life, to […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

Is there sex in heaven? Stay with me here. Jesus makes it clear that there is no marriage but he says nothing about sex itself. We are told that we are getting resurrection bodies that have the ability to eat […]

Thin Places, con’t

posted by David Kuo

This is, in a way, a very different kind of “thin place.” In another it is the thinnest of places. Thanks to Greg.

Two portraits of grief and forgiveness

posted by David Kuo

I opened the Washington Post yesterday morning to find a big story on Fred Goldman, father of Ron Goldman, the man murdered alongside Nicole Brown Simpson in 1994. He got the rights from OJ Simpson’s never-published book, If I Did […]

Stripped

posted by David Kuo

Yesterday I had a chance to interview Jud Wilhite, senior pastor at Las Vegas’ Central Christian Church. He is the author of a new book called Stripped: Uncensored Grace on the Streets of Vegas. The interview will be appearing later […]

Good for the NFL*

posted by David Kuo

The NFL has done the right thing regarding the NE Patriots cheating last weekend. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called the cheating what it was: “This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

Thanks to Norm for this: Norm writes: Texas has many such Thin Places. I’ve felt it in the majestic vistas and friendly people of Palo Duro Canyon near the panhandle town of Canyon, TX. I’ve felt it gazing at the […]

Pain, con’t

posted by David Kuo

More thoughts on that article on the lack of pain relief for the poor from Thinker: When I was a nurse, there seemed to be an unofficial kind of medicine for poor people – who might become addicted and for […]

Our consumption in art

posted by David Kuo

Chris Jordan is a Seattle-based photographer who is using art to give us a glimpse at our consumption. He writes: This new series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity […]

The New England Patriot cheaters

posted by David Kuo

Let me begin with a disclaimer. I do not like the NE Patriots. Part of it is subjective – they’ve beaten a team I do like very much, the Steelers, with regularity. But part of it is objective – they […]

Thin Places, back again

posted by David Kuo

After my email disaster, thin places returns and it returns with such beauty…New Smyrna Beach, Florida Thanks to Amy who writes, “Something about the power, the consistency, the enormity of the ocean: it’s such a tangible representation of a majestic […]

On 9/11

posted by David Kuo

Today I will meet two friends for lunch. The last time we were together on a 9/11 it was in the West Wing of the White House and it was 2001. That day began like others at the time. I […]

Prison book purging

posted by David Kuo

This one is beyond puzzling. The Bureau of Prisons has assembled a list of “acceptable” religions books. That means that in prisons across America libraries are being stripped of religious texts not on the approved list. You couldn’t have sold […]

Dying without relief

posted by David Kuo

Horrifying story: The World Health Organization estimates that 4.8 million people a year with moderate to severe cancer pain receive no appropriate treatment. Nor do another 1.4 million with late-stage AIDS. For other causes of lingering pain — burns, car […]

Ms. Britney

posted by David Kuo

Some months ago, when Ms. Spears was crashing, I wrote a bit about her as a prodigal daughter – about the prayer that she was, perhaps, turning away from the destructive and to the beautiful. Last night she “returned” to […]

Hypocrisy, con’t

posted by David Kuo

Great points in comments and via email (before my email went poof) about my hypocrisy exhaustion. I’m going to focus on two for now: Zirk wonders: …don’t you think we should make a distinction between someone who is honestly striving […]

Useless knowledge

posted by David Kuo

Was talking to my newly-minted junior high school daughter last night about life and school and changes and such. Out of nowhere came this: “I love middle school. I haven’t been asked to walk single file once. What a wasted […]

My slight email problem

posted by David Kuo

Remember all of those great pictures that you’ve sent me for “thin places”? And all those emails you’ve sent voicing opinions on this and that? Well, they are, as my two-year-old likes to say, “Alllll GONE!” I’m not quite sure […]

A good Sunday Saturday

posted by David Kuo

Something good: More than 1,000 children will be spending a fun-filled, God-centered day with their imprisoned fathers in one of the nation’s most notorious jails on Saturday. The grounds of Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola has been transformed into a […]

Tired of hypocrisy “exposes”

posted by David Kuo

When did hypocrisy become the greatest of all vices? I obviously overstate but to look at the news is to see joyous revelry at revelations of hypocrisy – Larry Craig, Al Gore’s flying around in private jets, John Edwards driving […]

Christian “attack dogs”

posted by David Kuo

Author and former Time journalist David Aikman writes in Christianity Today about the increasingly “attack dog” mentality of some Christians: What disturbs me… is the extent to which some Christians have turned themselves into the self-appointed attack dogs of Christendom. […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

Did Adam have a belly button? He wasn’t “born”…so? [Note – send me your random questions at dkuoblog@mac.com and i’ll post the best of the best random questions on Friday afternoons]

Bush’s gaffes

posted by David Kuo

Who cares? Wires and blogs and commentators are atwitter at what the AP called President Bush’s, “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at the Sydney Opera House. The problem? Verbal gaffes – saying OPEC instead of APEC and Austria […]

Bush’s lack of humility

posted by David Kuo

Christians and war make odd bed fellows. Theologians of every Christian stripe basically agree on a few things and one of them is that war is something to be undertaken as a last resort and is to be undertaken with […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

When I asked people to send the pictures or videos or poems or movies that represented the “thin places” in their lives, I didn’t know what to expect. I hoped that you would send things but wasn’t sure. After all, […]

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