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Happy Thompson

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Fred Thompson’s stock is rising in Florida too – or so it appears. He’s tripled his support there. Good for him. Again, this isn’t about him. This is about a GOP field so weak, so without evident soul, that Fred […]

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NPR commentary

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A commentary I did today on Democrats, Republicans, and Jesus can be found here.

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Giselle – There are no virgins here…

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Yesterday ubermodel Giselle Bundchen spoke out against the Catholic church’s condom ban during Rio’s Fashion Week. That isn’t terribly surprising. I’m with her and we both may be with an increasing number of people inside the Vatican who are questioning […]

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Apple-izing the world

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Earlier today someone tosses me a little bottle of water. It is orb-shaped, a bit weird. I don’t look at it. Driving home from the meeting I take a look. It is from water-maker Poland Spring. It is called the […]

Rudy and the lightning

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Lightning interrupts Giuliani: What to say? Well, Giuliani’s joke that this was scary to him as a kid who went to parochial school was evident. He talked more about religion in the following minute than at any other point in […]

Christian Porn?

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A staggering item this morning: In a poll of 1,000 respondents, 50 percent of Christian men and 20 percent of Christian women were found to be addicted to pornography. Conducted by ChristaNet.com, a popular Christian marketplace website, the poll asked […]

The Dems and Faith – Three Mistakes and Three Ways to Win

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Listening to the three Democratic evangelists, er, presidential candidates at Monday night’s Sojourners’ Faith, Values, and Poverty Conference, I couldn’t help noticing some serious mistakes they are making in trying to sound like “Godly” political leaders. They need to repent […]

Great new blog

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Marc Ambinder has launched a new “reported blog” on politics. It is worth the daily read. Take, for instance, his take on Fred Thompson and his penchant for campaigning from, um, comfortable surroundings.

“How comfortable naiveté can be”

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From a dear friend who took his first trip out of the country… I recently returned from a missions trip to Guatemala. I went with a group from my church to do a construction project for El Verbo church, a […]

Foreshadowing 11/4/08

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June 2008’s conventional storyline: the religious right is dead, the religious left is growing, the Republicans are cratering, the Democrats will win the White House. It is possible that all four of those things are true. But take a look […]

The Faith Forum – Roundup

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Snapshots from the forum that might not have been seen on TV: – Spontaneous and sustained applause for Elizabeth Edwards when she walked into the auditorium. She was mobbed by people all around her – mobbed not for autographs but […]

The Faith Forum – wondering about poverty

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Midway through – Jim Wallis has tried to interject discussions of poverty into the forum and, to some degree, has succeeded. But this is less a forum about faith and poverty and more a forum about faith and divisive social […]

The Faith Forum – a first thought

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Evangelical Christians get regularly fired up by all the perceived ways the media and Hollywood make fun of them or misrepresent them. Frequently the slights are imagined or are trumped up by Christian leaders to raise more money. Sometimes, however, […]

Clinton, Edwards, Obama – Faith and the poor

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http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif I’ll be providing blog updates during and after the event.

The abortion industry

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From today’s WP, a rift within the pro-life movement: “Over the past seven years, the partial-birth abortion ban as a fundraising technique has brought in over a quarter of a billion dollars” for major antiabortion groups, “but the ban has […]

The fruit of the spirit

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Just watch: What a beautiful man and what a beautiful life. Paul’s words in Galatians come to mind:“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no […]

Dreher on Noonan on Bush

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Rod Dreher posts today on Peggy Noonan’s lambasting of President Bush: …it seems to me that we conservatives need to avoid falling into a historical revisionism that allows us to portray ourselves as passive victims of a feckless president. Not […]

I didn’t know it was possible

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So, I broke a toilet seat. We’ll spare too many details other than the disclaimer that there were no injuries but I guess I just sat too hard on our toilet seat and there was a fairly loud breaking sound […]

The Intractable Romney Problem

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Today in New Hampshire, Gov. Romney heard this from a restaurant patron: “I’m one person who will not vote for a Mormon,” Al Michaud of Dover shouted at Romney when the former Massachusetts governor approached him inside Harvey’s Bakery. Romney […]

The Compassionate Conservative He Might Have Been

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I watch and listen to President Bush of late and am thrilled at the compassionate conservative he is again. On immigration he has worked out a bill that to fix a broken immigration system by granting a path to citizenship […]

Microsoft and hope

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I’ve been asked why I love things like the iphone or why something like Microsoft’s new “surface” make me smile. I realize the answer. Hope. Every new device, every new bauble and fangle and jingle and jangle give this sense […]

President Bush on Darfur

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This morning, President Bush following up on Darfur with sanctions – good for him for upping the pressure. Please, please more.

Dissent in the academy allowed?

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An interesting article this morning about a very, very popular professor at Iowa State who was apparently denied tenure because he held positive views about intelligent design: An assistant professor who supports intelligent design and was denied tenure at Iowa […]

Dear reader

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A reader writes in response to my short post on Darfur: Rage? Why isn’t “Allah” doing anything about the suffering in Darfur? It is his Muslims causing it. This reader has posted frequently in the past about how liberals are […]

Rage

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It is hard to escape a sickening thought about the hell going on in Darfur – that one day Jesus will judge us for what we did and did not do to help. Question that? Read what he had to […]

Billy Graham 9/11

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Pacific231 reminded me of Graham’s speech at the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. I was there at the National Cathedral that amazing day and will always remember the aged Graham standing for peace amidst the cries to kill: Today […]

The rich debate continues…

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…another reader: When the richest 50% of our society owns 97.2% of all wealth and the bottom 50% owning only 2.8% of all wealth, it is difficult for me to sit here and agree with your reasoning. When 18% of […]

“Its not injustice to be rich”

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from a reader: Re: “Lets talk about big bucks” If I buy a new car or get a raise does that mean you are somehow worse off? Of course not! People in this country are so focused on how they […]

Let’s talk about big bucks

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From today’s NYT in an article about the amazing disparity in income between chief executives and those in proximity to them: But the widening disparities in business, which show up in a variety of other ways, reflect a dynamic that […]

The power of threats

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I have a friend – I will not reveal her sex, her liberal politics, or which website employs her, to protect her identity. We were talking recently about writing and the book that she longs to write. The only problem […]

Billy and Jerry

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Billy Graham’s library opening and Jerry Falwell’s funeral provide massive insights into the power of Jesus’s Gospel and its impact on politics. At Rev. Falwell’s funeral this week none of the important political people he spent his life trying to […]

A challenge for all the 2008 presidential candidates

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It is called the Food Stamp Challenge. Begun by a bipartisan group of congressmen, the challenge is to live: …on an average food stamp budget — just $3 a day – …for one week in order to raise visibility and […]

on John Ashcroft and Attorney General Al

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The most telling snippet of White House spin on John Ashcroft came at the end of of Sunday’s WaPo article on his “complex tenure:” “They resented some of his showboating,” said a former White House aide who did not want […]

The big questions…

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…from a reader: Are there “just” wars? What are the criteria? How do we respond to an “unjust” war and do we participate? This has been asked from the time of Augustine. I am saddened that so many evangelical Christians […]

Please Mr. President

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President Carter’s remarks about President Bush were further out of bounds than… (fill in a metaphor that works for you). In our day and age of political harshness, of the politics of divide and conquer, of everything else nasty going […]

President Bush’s Good Move

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Applause and applause for the immigration compromise. America needs to be known for our compassion – we once were. Newt Gingrich calls it a “compromise of every conservative principle” – if that is the case then conservative principles need a […]

Beauty at Liberty University

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At Jerry Falwell’s beloved university, a new generation of Christians are maturing and they are… not what you would think of when you think of Falwell students. Take, for example, this blog post by a student named Johnnie: When Christians […]

Media

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Ok, per comments, I will give heads up on future media appearances – there aren’t any. Here, however, are links to some I did this week: NPR “All Things Considered” Larry King Live – here and here and here and […]

The new Christian conversation…

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…if, as I hope, Rev. Falwell’s passing will bring about a new chance to define what it is to be Christian – something more than simply saying no to abortion, no to gay rights, no to alcohol, no to coed […]

Al Gonzales – Human Shield

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More and more news continues in about the attorney scandal and the morally reprehensible behavior of the man named Al Gonzales in trying to get John Ashcroft, in ICU in a hospital, to rubber stamp the noxious eavesdropping program. There […]

After Jerry Falwell: Recovering Our Faith

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Jerry Falwell almost presided over my wedding nearly a decade ago. The reason why he didn’t speaks volumes about why American Christianity will take a long time to recover from his kind of faith. It was 1999, during the dotcom […]

Billy Graham re: Jerry Falwell

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It is always worth reading what Billy Graham has to say: Statement by Evangelist Billy Graham On the Death of Rev. Jerry Falwell Charlotte, May 15, 2007 “Jerry Falwell was a close personal friend for many years. We did not […]

Jerry Falwell’s Mixed Legacy

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Jerry Falwell has died, and so the discussion begins. Usually words about those recently passed are whitewashed to extol every virtue and ignore every vice, but Jerry Falwell’s position and life demand as honest an examination as possible. Three Sundays […]

Jerry Falwell’s Death

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I want to extend my condolences to Rev. Jerry Falwell’s family, congregation, and university community. Death is always the enemy and it is the enemy here. One day, however, Jesus promises that those who follow him will live again. That […]

Falwell sick…

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…very sick.

Giuliani’s “Core Beliefs’?

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Mayor Giuliani’s abortion talk gets more and more muddled. For starters there was his debate performance where he was for and against and for and against abortion. Then, last week he gave a major speech saying he was absolutely and […]

Religious right dead? Not so fast…

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Last week my friend Cal Thomas highlighted the fact that D. James Kennedy’s Center for Reclaiming America for Christ and Center for Christian Statesmanship – long-time members of the conservative Christian coalition – was closing its doors. Cal wrote hopefully: […]

…and let’s not forget men…

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The Shoe-Blogger

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To: Women Who Love Shoes (note: I am foced to include my 20-month old daughter in this category. She can’t read – she does, however, LOVE her “pretty shoes” – and there are a growing number of them) From: Man […]

From the Pope

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At a mass in Brazil yesterday these words: You believe in the God who is Love: this is your strength, which overcomes the world, the joy that nothing and no one can ever take from you, the peace that Christ […]

The Pope’s “Abortion” Address

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Thanks to anonymous for supplying the text of the Pope’s address that the media reported was essentially about abortion: “I Send You Out on the Great Mission of Evangelizing” My dear young friends! “If you would be perfect, go, sell […]

Dear Donny (pt. 1)

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Thanks for your comments and your passion and your heart that is trying to find God. I noticed in a recent comment you wrote (in part): I have presented my case against them many times, trying to get David to […]

Listening to the Pope

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Pope Benedict’s trip to Brazil has proven very interesting. His comments about possible excommunication for politicians who vote to legalize abortion have been broadly reported – although the Vatican is now saying that he would not support such excommunication. What […]

Things you shouldn’t blog about…

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So I had this bizarre dream last night. Bizarre mostly because it was so absolutely random. So at the risk of being vivisected, here it goes: I was at some dinner party with random people. After dinner some folks headed […]

The Rev and the Gov

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Gov. Romney is taking it to Rev. Sharpton: “It shows that bigotry still exists in some corners,” said Romney, who spoke to reporters Wednesday after a campaign event. “I thought it was a most unfortunate comment to make.” I am […]

Hot, controversial, offensive political news

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…One thing I’ve learned from blogging these past months is that any time I blog on political controversy my blog traffic shoots up, there are lots of comments, I get emails, etc. But when I blog on other things – […]

Pharisee Al Sharpton Speaks

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Rev. Al Sharpton speaks on faith: “As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don’t worry about that; that’s a temporary situation,” Sharpton said Monday during a debate with […]

Senator Sam Brownback’s Plea for Kansas

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From Senator Brownback: I would like the take a moment and ask for your prayers for the people of my home state of Kansas. Over the last several days, the residents of Greensburg and the surrounding counties in Kansas have […]

Giuliani gave to Planned Parenthood

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And? This is supposed to be news? Is anyone really surprised? NYC paid for abortions when he was mayor. He has long been pro-choice. Why is it even remotely surprising that he gave to Planned Parenthood? It is a perfectly […]

We hate candidates who talk about poverty

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Back to those $400 haircuts. What is the difference between a few $400 haircuts and Sen. Clinton’s (very, very) expensive suits and Fred Thompson’s (very, very) expensive suits? Or what is the difference between those haircuts and the thousands spent […]

Love the Mac Ads

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Some of these ads just make me laugh out loud: Much of it is John Hodgman’s acting. Perhaps more is just Apple’s irreverence towards Microsoft – the perpetual little brother…in this case, however, the little brother who has become the […]

Edwards fights back

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John Edwards slaps back at critics who say that his wealth shows he doesn’t really care about the poor: “Would it have been better if I had done well and didn’t care?” Edwards asked. He is exactly right. So he […]

“We’re hoping we’ll be able to help…”

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From two great people in Sterling, Kansas – a place spared by the tornadoes but not the rain this message to Kim: We are fine and so fortunate. We’re hoping we will be able to help with the clean-up efforts […]

from Kansas

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My wife, Kim, grew up in the middle of Kansas. When people think of Kansas they think of a town just like hers – one square mile with a lone traffic light in the middle of it. From the air […]

Paris, God, Jail

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Paris is going to jail. Thank God…at least that is what she should be doing. First the social policy picture. Paris Hilton will now be just one of the 7 million Americans who are incarcerated or on probation or parole. […]

Some thoughts at graduation time…from Steve Jobs

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A friend sent me this link to a commencement speech Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave at Stanford a couple of years ago. As might be expected from a man who names his devices – Mac, iPod, iPhone – very simply, […]

Have a wonderful Sunday

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…and pray for the people of Greensburg, KS, who had their town destroyed by a tornado…and for all those in the midst of the current tornado outbreak. My wife grew up in the middle of Kansas – about 90 miles […]

The Religious Right Derby

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The most important constituency watching last night’s Republican debate is the broadly-defined religious right. It is a group in huge transition – more and more evangelicals are rejecting the abortion- and gay marriage-only focus – but, it is obviously the […]

The post-Bush world

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The Republican “debate” tonight wasn’t a debate – it was 10 guys on Hardball answering Chris Matthews’ questions. And if anything jumped out it was that President Bush has no philosophical coattails. There will never be any “Bush conservatives” and […]

Heaven bound: Angelina Jolie or Jim Dobson or me?

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Time has come out with its list of the 100 most powerful/influential people alongside that list is a list of the 12 most powerful givers. First on that list is Angelia Jolie. Here is the description of her efforts: Cause: […]

Illegal Americans

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There are 12 million people (give or take) illegally in America. Because they are here illegally and because they are poor and end up on welfare, some argue, they should be shipped home. Let’s move on from such details as […]

Of Fred and silence

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Will Fred or won’t Fred? Not quite poetic language, but clear – is Fred Thompson running for president? Reports are out that “opposition researchers” are out scouring for dirt on Thompson. They will certainly find something. Everyone has dirt. The […]

Dunderheadiness

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I’m fairly sure dunderheadedness is not a word. But it is what comes to mind when reading about this whole political “showdown” going on in DC at the moment. The Democrats are sending legislation to President Bush with a time […]

“Illegals”

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Some say that America is the “shining city on a hill.” If that is true then we are a pathetic city if we are trying to rid ourselves of “the illegals.” I have my own problems with that metaphor. There […]

So random as virtually unimaginable…

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Peter Gammons is one of the nation’s best writers and commentators on that sport/art/obsession known as baseball. It is worth reading his thoughts on the death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock. Hancock was killed in a car crash […]

Go Tony Go!

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

and so the attacks on Obama begin…

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

Obama’s faith

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

Back

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

“Questions define us”

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

The new way to measure church growth…

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

Kudos to the Idol Makers

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

Facing death, finding faith

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

Innocence

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

Blessing

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

Liviu Librescu

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

This week…

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

Forgetting Satan

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

Enough about the haircut

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

That rare thing that is truly holy

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There are no words for this save one – holy.

Partial truth

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

sadness extended

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

Tune out

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

Contemplating the cross

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

The unspeakable

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

Sermons once a month…

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

On Imus

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

Hard truths to face

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

Nice surprises

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

Doing what Washington wouldn’t…

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

How Do You Read the Bible?

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

The luxury of our sensitivity

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

“Scary times” – wrong? right?

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

Scary times

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

The nightmare dream

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

Looking for stories

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

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

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

How to look at Easter

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

Elizabeth Edwards

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

This is part of a growing consensus…

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

The non-existent voice of the poor in DC

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

Political temptations of Holy Week

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

Holy Week

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

“A loss of faith”

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

Perfect holy week art?

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

More of this!

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

A bit more of the light hearted…

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

A good speech…

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

Republican cluelessness…

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

Jesus has to be horrified…

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

Ooops

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

perspective

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

No, no, no, no, no…

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

Dear Thinker

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I am so sorry for your loss. David

Listen to Elizabeth

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

Questions for Sen. Sam Brownback?

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

60 Minutes, the Edwardses and Katie Couric

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

The way it should be…

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

A good way to live…

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

and Tony Snow too…

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

The (Need a name) Award – first nominee

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

Do not mourn Elizabeth Edwards

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

The other side

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

“Real Family Values”

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

Cancer is Not a Political Issue

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

Cherokee Wisdom

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

Passionate prayer

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

Perspective.

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

Everyone should hope this is true…

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

Dancing With My Father

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

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

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

A different Jesus documentary

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

LA

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

The firings

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

Our Yertle economy

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

Evangelicals finding their voice

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

A prayer thought…

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

The interesting Sam Brownback

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

Does grace go there?

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

Anne Frank and “The Secret”

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

Google leads again

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

Two things I wish I’d said on Maher

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

The “other” African genocide

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

Cure cancer? End poverty?

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

Amazing site

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A friend sent me the link.

HBO’s BIll Maher Show

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

The mystery

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

Newt and Dobson…

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

Do I agree with Pat Buchanan?

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

Rudy meet Richard but listen to Bill

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

Thank you

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

The truth…

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

Pray for New Life Church

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

Bono goes editing

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

The Dobson letter

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

Wondering…

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

“my tumor”

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

Is John Edwards for real?

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

My faith, my health

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

Our daily bread

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

N.T. Wright on “Jesus’ Tomb”

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

What will the boy bring?

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

Basic Jesus?

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This ought to be a lot of fun. Perhaps Verhoeven has concluded Jesus was killed with an ice pick?

Holding feet to the fire

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The Discovery Channel, Harper Collins, and those associated with the “Jesus Tomb” project may come to regret it. Add The Washington Post to the list of newspapers highlighting the “fraud”: Leading archaeologists in Israel and the United States yesterday denounced […]

On prayer

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From Gordon Lindsay, author of yesterday’s quote on faith: We should make an eternal consecration to God and then every day commit ourselves completely in His hands, even as we must eventually do at the moment of death. “Why should […]

Startling new evidence that James Cameron was right

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A friend sent me this link this morning. My faith is deeply, deeply shaken.

Faith defined

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I came across this quote from an old charismatic evangelist: We must remember that faith is not feelings, it is not sight. You do not exercise faith after the answer has come. It is then sight. You only exercise faith […]

Want more Jesus? Churches should serve the poor

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Andrew Sullivan points the way to a discussion of whether government welfare spending reduces the church’s impact on culture. One of the old conservative arguments has been that too much government displaces the positive, powerful, private societal institutions. While that […]

JC > JC

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At the end of a day where James Cameron (JC) presented his best case for finding “Jesus’ tomb,” it can once more be clearly stated that Jesus Christ (JC) is in no particular danger of being dethroned as the King […]

Booze, the Red Sox, and Lent

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I have a dear friend who loves – loves – the Red Sox. Generally he can tell you whether a particular player had enough fiber on the previous day. He recently thought of naming his son Matsusaka after the Red […]

Tucker Carlson show @ 4:45

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I’ll be on Tucker Carlson’s show on MSNBC at 4:45pm… tune in.

“Think Jesus meets Titanic”

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I can almost see the conversation that James Cameron had with fellow filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici (aka, the Naked Archeologist) some years ago, “We need a project.” “Yeah, something sexy and big.” “Well, you know that DaVinci Code thing is big.” […]

Interviewing John Edwards

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I interviewed John Edwards yesterday on a snowy Washington Sunday – a surprise snow of the sort that clings to everything and is another of God’s reminders that one day all will be new again (and with no slush). Thank […]

Yawn and double yawn

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The bottom line from the whole, “Hey, I found Jesus’ bones in a box!” thing by James Cameron – yawn and double yawn. There really isn’t anything new – although I have no doubt that there are those who will […]

Wilberforce movie review – The New York Times doesn’t hate it

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Click here for the full review. An excerpt: “Amazing Grace,” a prettified take on the life and times of the 18th-century reformer William Wilberforce, carries a strong whiff of piety. It isn’t a bad smell; there are notes of roses […]

The challenges of naming a son…

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I am the father to the three most wonderful girls in the world. Now, come June and with God’s mercy, I will be the father of a son. My excitement grows daily. I think that I didn’t know how much […]

Questions for Sen. John Edwards?

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I’ll be interviewing John Edwards on Sunday for Beliefnet to kick off our interviews of presidential candidates. Email me or post comments with any questions you would like asked. I can’t promise I will be able to get to them […]

Rick Warren no go North Korea

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Last summer, Rick Warren surprised his congregation by announcing he was going to go preach the first-ever Christian event in reclusive and oppressive North Korea. To all criticism, Warren simply said: “I know they’re going to use me,” Warren said, […]

Madonna hearts Jesus?

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From her interview on Sirius: “For me we all need to be Jesus in our time. …Jesus’ message was to love your neighbor as yourself, and there are people in need. I hope that people got that message” Then, lest […]

Are we as lost as Britney?

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From a reader: why is the main stream media even writing about this? 35,000 children die every day from preventable things: like starvation and diarrhea…but the media, you and I…all we focus on is this Crap. It is demeaning to […]

…found the backstage Britney pic

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Per my “prodigal post”, I found a picture that Kim took backstage that night in DC. I had forgotten about the pic taken seconds before she headed onstage and was again reminded of her discomfort best shown here by her […]

re: Britney

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…from a reader: Do you wonder why Americans are so fascinated with celebrity? Poor Anna Nicole, Britney, Lindsay Lohan, and so many others. We create little mythologies out of such nonsense – little gods and goddesses – living these bigger […]

The Prodigal Daughter

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I have two snapshots of Britney Spears stuck in my brain. The first is from the late 1990s. I was living in Atlanta and had started attending a cool new church. It was a church “unplugged” – the pastor was […]

Goodbye girlhood…

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The Washington Post has a troubling article today called “Goodbye to Girlhood” highlighting the nauseating trend of younger and younger girls being taught to be “sexy” with their bodies, their clothes, and their attitudes. Some of the more jarring quotes […]

McCain/Falwell ’08?

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In February 2000, in the heat of the primary campaign with George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain launched an angry attack on what he saw as religious intolerance aimed at him and other like him. He famously called Jerry Falwell […]

The “Preacher Primary”

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Down in Orlando, FL this weekend, the National Association of Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is gathering to talk about faith, technology and way to increase their audience. But behind the scenes, the real action is political. John McCain, Mitt Romney, and […]

…and then faith returns…

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yesterday’s discouragement diminishes in God’s presence. We returned this morning to our simple little church full of really wonderful people who love God and who love us. For lots of reasons – some good, some not – we haven’t been […]

Faith

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I wonder sometimes if faith is still faith when you feel like you don’t have much faith left. Sometimes the enormity of having a slow-growing tumor in my brain overtakes me. It seems simultaneously impossible and terrifying. Those moments seem […]

Sen. McCain and the conservative Christians

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AP reports on Sen. McCain’s on-going battle with some Christian conservative political leaders over his record, his priorities, and his ‘faith.’ While McCain has managed to pry open some of the doors that slammed shut in his rift with the […]

Love

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Andrew Sullivan links to a series of indescribably moving photographs of a Marine and his bride on their wedding day as well as pictures of the Marine in every day life. Meditate on them because in them love emanates even […]

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