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Dancing… or drinking through life

posted by David Kuo

I am not even sure that I know how to do a link anymore. I’m giving it a shot though so, three readers, please forgive me if I mess this up. So Rod Dreher’s sister is battling cancer. It is […]

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Back…

posted by David Kuo

I’m back here at JWalking after a bit of time because I just want someplace to record thoughts from time to time. I doubt that many of the thoughts will be political – there are plenty upon plenty of people […]

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Learning to tell a story

posted by David Kuo

For the last ten months or so I’ve been engaged in a completely different world – the world of screenwriting. It began as a writing project – probably the 21st Century version of a yen to write the great American […]

And just one more

posted by David Kuo

I have, I think, just one more round of chemo left. When I go through my pill popping regimen tomorrow morning it will be the last time for this particular round of drugs. Twenty-three rounds, it seems, is enough. What […]

“I wish I could see the angels”

posted by David Kuo

Livvy is going through an “I’m scared” phase at night. She wants us to sleep in her bed and check on her all the time. As I write, her shades are up, a little nightlight is on, and she’s hugging […]

Living Bare

posted by David Kuo

God is not surprised. God grieves. God mourns. God shares our grief. But but he is not surprised. And he has been here before… it was God, after all, who grieved over losing his own Son… and he knew the end of the story.

Battling blue

posted by David Kuo

I think I’m battling the blues… and wrestling with God. It is hard to figure out where one ends and the other begins. The blues part is fairly straightforward – nothing feels quite right, decisions are hard to come by, […]

I miss J-Walking

posted by David Kuo

For the past year I’ve been working with friends to help them put together a new website. It is called Culture11.com and it is a good place to go. I encourage you to make it part of your browsing. But […]

The best book (one of them)

posted by David Kuo

Two nights ago, in the midst of a grumpy, grouchy late night kitchen cleaning session during which I bemoaning everything from the state of the free world to who ridiculously dirty our dirty dishes get I said the simplest little […]

Obama’s very big night in the desert…

posted by David Kuo

Note – Most of my blogging now occurs at Culture11.com a new media company. My blog is here. John McCain had a good night at Rick Warren’s forum on faith and character and so on. Barack Obama had a better […]

Edwards

posted by David Kuo

I’m trying to find anger or bitterness or shock at all that John Edwards did and didn’t do and said he did and said he didn’t do. There is, of course, sadness – sadness for all those people who worked […]

“The Mystery Box”

posted by David Kuo

I’ve long been a fan of J.J. Abrams – Felicity, Alias, Lost, etc. This short lecture by him is wonderful, insightful, funny, and inspirational…

The ripping pain of innocence

posted by David Kuo

Our young daughter is engaging the world and loving it. Now 3 and aware that only most of the universe revolves around her she is exploring the other creatures she runs across – particularly those her size. This means that […]

Hating on The Three Little Pigs

posted by David Kuo

The Three Little Pigs are directly responsible for the degradation of American creativity and general childhood guilt. For the past several weeks the Golden Books version of The Three Little Pigs has made it onto Livvy’s high demand book rotation. […]

Shacking It

posted by David Kuo

Has anyone read The Shack? If so, what were your thoughts?

When God winks

posted by David Kuo

Twice in the last 48 hours God has winked at me. They were wry little winks – ones of the sort that I might normally miss. This evening a friend who I haven’t heard from in months and months texted […]

From Beliefnet

posted by bnet

Dear Readers– Due to a planned technical upgrade taking place on Wednesday June 11th, the Beliefnet Blogs will not display any new content, and commenting will be disabled. We aim to be back up and running by the end of […]

Out of the closet… or not

posted by David Kuo

I understand – in a small way – what it is like to come out of the closet. I say that because I feel like I have to continually come out of the closet and say, “Hey, wait, I’m a […]

Sen. Kennedy’s tumor… and mine

posted by David Kuo

This is not a time to get weepy or maudlin about Sen. Kennedy. He really has just begun to fight. I know what I’m talking about. Five years ago, in the earliest hours of Palm Sunday morning, a doctor informed […]

Peter Ahlstrom

posted by David Kuo

And now there is our friend Peter Ahlstrom: I’ve read your blog daily for about a year, and occasionally commented. Tempting Faith got me started. You caught my interest with your stand on helping the poor, and on fasting from […]

Aquaman

posted by David Kuo

I remember watching the Superfriends on Saturday mornings – back when Saturday mornings were good TV. Aquaman was always my favorite… still is… here is our own Aquaman, Matt: I’m a 34-year old corporate lawyer, married to my college sweetheart […]

Thoughts on suffering, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Tonight my father called a cousin in Chengdu who, we discovered with relief, is fine. His reports about the incredible destruction at the earthquake’s epicenter were anything but comforting. So mangled are the roads that getting there with any help […]

Canucklehead

posted by David Kuo

Canucklehead sent me his story but given his generally surly attitude I am tempted not to post it. Alas the invitation was for everyone, even… him. Hi all! I’m Canucklehead (aka Tim). I’ve spent most of my life in western […]

Here’s Doug

posted by David Kuo

This is a blast. Here is Doug Pascover’s story: From the ages of 10 months old until 7 years, my family lived on the South side of Chicago so the White Sox were my first religion. I became a Christian […]

Meet Thinker

posted by David Kuo

We have all come to love and appreciate Thinker. Now, a bit more about her: Thinker here. I went from nursing to teaching theology….figure. However, I teach in “Catholic” school so the community and administration are one. Not much in […]

Meet Brian

posted by David Kuo

Brian Horan has been walking with us for a while now. Here’s a bit about him and the bonus pic too. Thanks Brian. I am 33 and am changing careers from public school teaching to nursing. The politics of public […]

What are our stories?

posted by David Kuo

For the past 18 months or so we’ve developed this community called J-Walking. The very best part of this for me has been getting to know many of you… even you canuckle. 😉 Everyone has gotten to know a lot […]

What is faith?

posted by David Kuo

As most of the readers of this blog – and yes, depite the lull in my blogging this is still my blog – know I’ve been dealing with this tumor-type object in my brain for the past five years. For […]

The temptation of Miley Cyrus

posted by David Kuo

Note – Most of my blogging now occurs at Culture11.com a new media company. My blog is here. It is hard to read about Miley Cyrus’ recent “issues” – in Vanity Fair, other slightly tart pics – and not fear […]

Thoughts on suffering

posted by David Kuo

I noticed the great blogalogue between NT Wright and Bart Ehrman. Ehrman writes: We live in a world in which a child dies every five seconds of starvation. Every five seconds. Every minute there are twenty-five people who die because […]

DIFJW

posted by David Kuo

Here is a beautiful, beautiful story from Friday’s Washington Post. Read it all, please. Kudos to the Post for running it. Thanks to the Pope for coming to Washington because I sense that his presence makes such talk of deeper […]

My Obama repentance

posted by David Kuo

Ok, I’m sorry. I was offended. I figured the bubble had been pierced and instead of finding a sort of Robert Kennedy on the inside I’d found Richard Dawkins. But then I heard Sen. Obama’s response to the question tonight […]

1,825

posted by David Kuo

It has been exactly five years since I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Last night as I lay in bed thinking about it I fixated on 1,825. That is the number of days I have been blessed with since […]

What’s happening in Haiti?

posted by David Kuo

Read Anne.

Christ-follower v. Christian

posted by David Kuo

I’m kind of thinking Jesus would dress a whole lot more like the guy on the right than the one of the left. You?

What redemption looks like

posted by David Kuo

In the fall of 1986 I was a college freshman away on some spiritual retreat. I had chosen God over the New York Mets because there weren’t any TVs around the weekend retreat and my beloved Mets were in the […]

In honor of Dickens

posted by David Kuo

10 days ago at 4:15pm a little boy name Dickens died in a small clinic in a poor city in a country called Uganda. I’ve scarcely been able to write since that day. I got the news on a text […]

Steve Waldman, Evangelist

posted by David Kuo

Writing about, reviewing, and discussing a book written by a friend who is also your boss is a no-win proposition. If you are too kind to the book you will be accused of being a suck up. If you are […]

Land v. Dreher on Wright… who is right?

posted by David Kuo

I just finished reading two pieces on Obama and Wright. One was by Richard Land, the other by Rod Dreher. The pieces were on different topics – Land’s more general, about the speech and about race, Dreher’s more specific, about […]

What does Jesus look like? part 2

posted by David Kuo

Carlos’ wife, Heather, writes of seeing Matt and Jefferson for the first time from a different perspective: We get seated, the music starts and the girls and I begin to grove. Then it happens, I see them. A couple cuddling […]

What does Jesus look like?

posted by David Kuo

What does Jesus look like? He looks like this: My only question is which one is he? The reality is that Jesus is both. Jesus is the poor and the broken and lonely and the lost. Jesus is the lover […]

The Speech, pt. 3

posted by David Kuo

Charles Murray has written a longer piece about the Obama speech. It is definitely worth reading: I understand how naïve it is to read a presidential candidate’s speech as if it were anything except political positioning, but that leads me […]

Thank you Eliot Ware

posted by David Kuo

Anna Grace has been sponsored by Eliot Ware. Thank you Eliot. I am so excited, so thrilled, so happy. I had been checking all day long to see if anyone had sponsored her and when I saw that Eliot had […]

Anne Rice on her faith

posted by David Kuo

Anne Rice has posted an extraordinary essay on her faith. Click here for the full text. Here are some key excerpts: Look: I believe in Him. It’s that simple and that complex. I believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person […]

Happy Easter

posted by David Kuo

Welcome to the most wonderful day of the year. Happy Easter. Get rowdy, get merry, pop the champagne and party and party and party. This is Easter. This is the day the universe changed. Easter. Think about it. Dead. Now […]

Can you help her?

posted by David Kuo

There are more than 270 Compassion International kids in Uganda waiting for someone to sponsor them. Anna Grace is one of them. Can any of you guys sponsor her? UPDATE Sunday evening – Anna Grace has been sponsored! Thank you […]

A good Friday?

posted by David Kuo

I’m writing my Good Friday post on Saturday. Considering that we haven’t yet sent out our Christmas cards I’m way ahead of schedule. The post begins on Wednesday. My phone buzzes while I am in a business meeting. It is […]

posted by David Kuo

Rod Dreher has written something beautiful about Holy Week and Jeremiah Wright… please read: I bring all this up because I am bothered by the idea that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright passes off his hatred of oppressors as somehow Christian, […]

Where should we look next?

posted by David Kuo

These are scary days. A minister says something, some things, that are reprehensible, awful. Because he is the minister to a presidential candidate the things are elevated, scrutinized, analyzed. Does the candidate share the minister’s views? Is the candidate just […]

Huckabee on Obama and Wright

posted by David Kuo

If you haven’t seen this, watch Mike Huckabee talk about Sen. Obama’s speech and Rev. Wright’s remarks:Particularly important is this paragraph: …And one other thing I think we’ve got to remember: As easy as it is for those of us […]

My race problem

posted by David Kuo

I joke a lot about my race. My father is Chinese. My mother is American. I like to say that I had a unique upbringing – that I was raised on tofu and grits. Or, since I am a blood […]

Wallis on race

posted by David Kuo

Jim Wallis is all over this: There is a deep well of both frustration and anger in the African American community in the U.S. And those feelings are borne of the concrete experience of real oppression, discrimination, and blocked opportunities […]

Uganda, Happy Day

posted by David Kuo

The day before I flew to Uganda I ended up at Holy Trinity Brompton in London where I heard this song, Happy Day, by their worship leader Tim Hughes. It stuck in my head throughout the trip. The words and […]

Dreher: I’m whistling past the graveyard

posted by David Kuo

From Rod Dreher in response to my suggestion that Obama doesn’t need a big speech addressing Jeremiah Wright: Whether it’s fair to Obama or not, I think that’s whistling past the graveyard. David Broder was correct this morning when he […]

Obama and his church… the Biblical response?

posted by David Kuo

One of the biggest problems in modern American Christianity is the “church-hopping” phenomenon. People stay in churches for a certain period of time, get bored, find someplace new and repeat. I am a perfect example of this problem. I’ve been […]

Rev. Wright

posted by David Kuo

Rev. Jeremiah Wright is just another political rorschach test. My very conservative white evangelical friends – friends who smile and say, “golly” when someone like the late Jerry Falwell said gays and abortionists and people who had them were responsible […]

Solutions, day one

posted by David Kuo

Watch this:Meet them:Go here and get addicted to being a micro banker for the world’s working poor.

How does God allow evil?

posted by David Kuo

Ahhh, the age old question – why would a powerful, loving God allow bad things to happen to good people? Or, more simply – why does God allow suffering? The ancients and the moderns have written eloquently on these issues. […]

Another’s words

posted by David Kuo

I am having such trouble writing these days… commenting on politics feels about as worthwhile as commenting on the nearest pre-school playground fight, commenting on God seems WAY above my spiritual level… so I am glad to be able to […]

Anne Rice’s Road to Cana

posted by David Kuo

I did the following review for NPR’s All Things Considered today. I’m excited about it because it is one of the best things I’ve written in a long time. I’m more excited because it almost (almost) does justice to Ms. […]

The confessing church

posted by David Kuo

What if America’s ministers and parachurch leaders got together and published an article confessing their failures as spiritual leaders – their misplaced priorities, their idolatry of politics? Well, it has been done before. I found this at Pure Church today: […]

New old U2 song about Bono in Ethiopia during the famine

posted by David Kuo

Late last year U2 quietly (for them) released a previously unfinished song from their Joshua Tree about the trip Bono and Ali took to Ethiopia during the famine in the mid-1980s. Stunning.

from the serious to the ridiculous and laughing all the way

posted by David Kuo

Thanks to my two older mun-chickens (that’s ‘muchkins’ as heard by some Ugandan children) for helping me put my head on straight…

Focusing on the details

posted by David Kuo

This post is the body of an email I sent to my friends from the Uganda trip. One of the things that struck me about the trip was that “macro” poverty – what we could see from the street, for […]

Good words from Shannon

posted by David Kuo

My new friend Shannon – beautiful blogging brain behind bold, brilliant Rocks In My Dryer made this comment yesterday: Friends keep saying, “give yourself time,” and I think, “time for WHAT? Time to forget just enough of what I saw […]

The Uganda confession

posted by David Kuo

Thanks for your comments and emails about my blogging problem. Thank you too for the exhortations to keep talking and processing and exhorting and confessing. There is a single moment I cannot get out of my mind. It occurred on […]

My blogging problem

posted by David Kuo

I am having a blogging crisis. I don’t know what to write. I see the news, I see everything going on and yet I can’t muster much (any) passion to write about them. Yesterday I had a conversation with a […]

Baaaa or Maaaaaa?

posted by David Kuo

Being a dad, I am strong in the animal sounds category. Pigs oink and cows mooo and rhinos snort and snuff (astute readers of Moo, Baa, La la la will get that reference) sheep baaa and goats maaaa. Jesus warns […]

BooMama on nature

posted by David Kuo

One of the great discoveries of the last 100 years is BooMama. It is true – somewhere between the first Macintosh and the bass boat is BooMama. Who is BooMama? What is BooMama? Why is BooMama? Well, one must achieve […]

Meeting Grace, missing Jesus?

posted by David Kuo

On my first day at the unnamed hospital in Uganda, I met another little girl named Grace. I caught her out of the corner of my eye as I entered the children’s ward and was talking to another little boy. […]

Kuo’s brain is shrinking…

posted by David Kuo

The news is good – my brain is shrinking. During the past 15 rounds of chemo the tumor area has shrunk more than 30%. And that is that. I’ll go another four rounds and we’ll revisit this same conversation round […]

The Christian sex challenge

posted by David Kuo

So, I found this via my friend Carlos. It is a “30-Day Sex Challenge” started by the folks at Relevant Church in Tampa, Florida. Here’s the gist of the challenge: People are not having enough sex. An epidemic of breakups […]

I am being stalked… very weird

posted by David Kuo

Today, NIH, MRI. There’s a new policy in place there that requires a blood test before the MRI. So I went there late – I run late – got in line and was told to go to booth 13. I […]

Returning to life?

posted by David Kuo

I can’t quite bring myself to return to “normal” blogging. I’m not quite ready to return to “real” life. To do so feels like a betrayal of all that I’ve seen and, more importantly, all that I now know exists. […]

“I saw what I saw”

posted by David Kuo

NASA, we have splashdown

posted by David Kuo

Landed last night around 8:30, was on the phone with Kim by 8:30:01, out of customs (where no cell phone usage is allowed) by 9ish, in a car moments later, on phone with Laura and Rachel a nanosecond later. Though […]

Uganda, through Carlos’ eyes (and music)

posted by David Kuo

One of the great joys of the first four days of the trip was hanging out with the other bloggers who were there to visit Uganda. They were, to a person, extraordinary. Here are two of them – Carlos and […]

Back to Uganda – getting LOST?

posted by David Kuo

I’m sitting in a London hotel room having had a nice Lodon sleep after a nice London dinner. I am out of my skin excited about going home and seeing my family – I literally can’t wait. But there is […]

Uganda, Benny Hinn, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

A quick follow-up on Benny and Uganda. I just checked Benny Hinn’s website for upcoming events. There is absolutely no mention of his Uganda trip. At the same time, more and more of these posters are going up around Uganda […]

Uganda videos, pt. 1

posted by David Kuo

I’m going to be uploading some rough video shots to give a sense of the places… this short one ends with that little girl sitting alone on the blanket… Online Videos by Veoh.com

What can we do?

posted by David Kuo

Before I head back to the hospital this afternoon and before I begin the journey home tomorrow, some thoughts on what can be done here… initial thoughts I suppose: – Sponsor a child through Compassion International. The longer I am […]

Benny Hinn in Uganda

posted by David Kuo

I saw this poster on the wall of the cancer clinic today: Yes, this cancer clinic: And yes, this IS the same Benny Hinn who sent out a request for his followers to pay for his new Gulfstream jet. Benny […]

Sabbath from suffering

posted by David Kuo

I haven’t yet left the hotel today. It is now 3:30pm and today I slept in late and I went to the pool for 30 minutes and just allowed myself to eat a cheeseburger even though I am in Kampala. […]

Don’t read this post

posted by David Kuo

I’m not sure anyone should read this post. This is FAR from a happy post. It starts inside the gates of a Ugandan hospital. It starts getting out of the car and looking around convinced I must be in the […]

Crying for my poverty?

posted by David Kuo

This is one of the images I can’t get out of my head: It was being pulled through the filthy streets of a slum by a bald headed girl in a pale yellow dress wearing worn red flip flops. [I […]

Understanding the Gospels from Uganda

posted by David Kuo

For these past days as my fellow bloggers and I have gone through Uganda, I have gained a new appreciation for the Gospels. Read Carlos and Shaun and Anne and Randy and my other friends and see their different and […]

Meet Susan

posted by David Kuo

Today’s journey took us outside Kampala’s squalor and desolation and into creation. Uganda is a land of rolling hills carpeted by rich soil that births vibrant green life. I just didn’t know that yesterday. Today though, in Kisoga, I learned […]

Obama…Uganda, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

50 miles outside Uganda today, in the back of a school, in a town accessible only by bumpy clay roads, I looked down on the ground and found this: The Obama movement knows no geographic or cultural or political limits.

Poverty meditation

posted by David Kuo

I couldn’t escape the horror – that was the horror. That was my 2am realization. As I stood inside that 6′ x 6′ hell hole and as I walked through the slum the horror was that I couldn’t get away […]

Snapshots

posted by David Kuo

Tonight I am numb. I came to Uganda prepared to see suffering, to celebrate hope, and to provide – in the smallest ways through this blog – an insight for others into that mysterious thing called poverty. What I wanted […]

Into Uganda

posted by David Kuo

One night nearly five years ago I had a dream. I only remember bits and pieces of it but that it probably because I was only supposed to remember one piece of it. For the first time and for the […]

Practical forgiveness

posted by David Kuo

I used to think I was spectacular at forgiveness. For years, for most of my life actually, I thought forgiveness was a specialty. Then I slowly came to realize something – when I got hurt I didn’t forgive, I just […]

Huckabee’s opportunity

posted by David Kuo

Fresh off his Kansas caucus win and James Dobson’s endorsement, Mike Huckabee is chugging along in his presidential race. His chances of the winning the nomination are decidedly worse than his chances to win the Iowa caucuses last fall when […]

Pity… for being an American

posted by David Kuo

I’m the middle of a 36-hour stopover in London on my way to Uganda. The flight in last night was stunning – crystal clear skies and a route that took us directly over a glittering London. Breathtaking. Today I had […]

And Uganda…

posted by David Kuo

I am preparing for a little journey to Africa. I will be visiting Uganda starting next week and I’ll be blogging from there every day. I’ll be going with a number of other bloggers to visit the work done by […]

A must-hear sermon

posted by David Kuo

I don’t know of any fancy way to post this sermon so it looks interesting. It is something hugely important and worth talking about. In it, Greg Boyd talks about prayer and about why it is that we can pray […]

sort-of-interesting Tuesday

posted by David Kuo

Today is the Super Bowl for political junkies. More so than election day, this is the day that matters. Nomination battles will become – possibly – clarified. It is unpredictable, it is exciting, it is only sort of important, however. […]

The good weekend

posted by David Kuo

Last week’s darkness is gone. I woke up yesterday morning feeling mighty fine. The weekend has been spectacular – being chased by the littlest munchkin in the park, rolling around on the floor with the wee little man, eating too […]

Bono quoting

posted by David Kuo

A friend – a dear, wonderful friend – gave me an autographed copy of Bono: in conversation with Michka Assayas a few years ago. I gave it a very quick read and put it on my list of books that […]

Thank you

posted by David Kuo

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 hard week

posted by David Kuo

So this last week was a hard one. I started by 15th (?!?) round of chemo a week ago yesterday, finished it this past Tuesday and have been pretty much laid out since Monday. It isn’t that I’ve been sick […]

new Bono quote

posted by David Kuo

Fantastic quote: “Joy is the hardest thing, always, for any artist, for any writer, for any photographer,” Bono says. “It’s the hardest thing to capture because it’s impossible to contrive, whereas despair — you can have a good go at […]

Sad about Edwards

posted by David Kuo

I am watching John Edwards suspend his campaign and I am sad. I’m sad that his relentless voice for the poor and against the two Americas in which we live is leaving this race. I’m sad because we live in […]

“The Faith to Outlast Politics”

posted by David Kuo

My friend John DiIulio and I have a piece in today’s New York Times about the 7th anniversary of the Faith-Based Initiative. Here’s a snippet: President Bush has promised much. It will be left to the next president to deliver […]

No heaven?

posted by David Kuo

My lighthearted random Friday question has elicited some very thoughtful (as all J-Walking comments always are) responses. I’m putting up this one because I am interested in all thoughtful responses: There is no heaven, and there is no hell in […]

Not change, not past, not future, hope

posted by David Kuo

Let’s think about the last week or so. What have we seen? We’ve seen the death of a young actor and the piranha press in the face of every mourning family member, friend, acquaintance. We’ve seen yet more pictures of […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

So, traditional Christian teaching about heaven is NOT that it is some fuzzy place in the sky. It is life here on a perfected earth – where heaven literally takes over earth. I’ve been thinking a lot about that. And […]

Sen. Obama and Jesus

posted by David Kuo

Want to know what Sen. Obama thinks about Jesus? Here’s a pretty blunt statement from an interview with Christianity Today: I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus […]

U2 3D – welcome to the revival

posted by David Kuo

U2 has a new film opening. It is a 3D take on them in concert. It was… stupendous. The film can only be seen on IMAX screens so right off the bat it is 60 feet tall. To make it […]

More whining Christians

posted by David Kuo

The American Family Association and Catholic League are all atwitter over a foul-mouthed ESPN reporter: ESPN and its parent company, ABC, have refused to take any action against ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobson for her hateful, slurring remarks against Jesus, saying […]

Three books to anticipate…

posted by David Kuo

For some blessed reason book publishers sometimes send me books. Books for free… imagine. Some of them are stunningly good. Here are three books I can’t recommend highly enough… more highly?… high ? You get the picture. Blogging is destroying […]

Praying like a begging dog

posted by David Kuo

Sam – our big Newfie – loves the food. Early in life she got too many people treats. Therefore she believes, truly believes, that if she hangs around a food-laden person long enough she will be rewarded. We have gone […]

New politics and religion survey

posted by David Kuo

Beliefnet is conducting a new survey on religion and politics. You can find it here. Please take a few minutes and fill it out. It is completely anonymous.

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

This from Eleanor: I don’t have a picture to share, just a memory of a time when God’s presence felt so close that it took my breath away and seemed, for a moment, to hold time still. The picture of […]

Evidence of God, again

posted by David Kuo

Several weeks ago I posted a story about our friend Roxanne who left her comfortable life in DC and headed to Uganda. Now comes this story from Roxanne: Five days ago two colleagues and I drove seven hours to Lira […]

Huck losing his way

posted by David Kuo

With every passing day Mike Huckabee behaves more and more like a candidate he once would have loathed. The man who once talked about the importance of compassion is behaving like a man trying to sound more conservative than Pat […]

The greatest power?

posted by David Kuo

I’ve been stuck on and struck by a small part of one of Paul’s letters…. We’re in Ephesians (which, for some reason the spell check on Movable Type doesn’t recognize – along with Galations and MacBookAir) and in the 3rd […]

Obama’s fall

posted by David Kuo

What might Barack’s Obama’s fall look like were he to win the Democratic presidential nomination? Look no further than this lambasting from two prominent Christian conservatives: Obama, who won the Iowa caucuses and came in second in the primary, was […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

A friend sent this picture to me – a father, a son, snow, Baghdad…. the first time in a 100 years. My friend wrote, “After all Baghdad’s people have suffered in the past few years, God gives them a gift […]

Rove on Hillary and Obama, pt. 1

posted by David Kuo

Karl Rove’s oped on Hillary’s New Hampshire victory contain all sorts of tasty nuggets… and that is before the fun stuff – analyzing why he is saying what he is saying. Here’s my first pass. Karl Rove is a political […]

Christians embarrassed by Jesus?

posted by David Kuo

A new study out by Lifeway Research – an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention – examined how the “unchurched” feel about Christians and about Jesus. Some of the results aren’t very surprising. For instance, 72% of those polled thought […]

Which Republican won?

posted by David Kuo

Who won? Wrong question. Who did better, McCain or Romney? Right question. Both had their moments. Romney was very strong when he was talking about his experience, about his record. He was comfortable at those moments and believable and compelling. […]

“A Very Un-Republican Race”

posted by David Kuo

Got this last night from a senior Republican official… Over the holiday Time Magazine ran an article that most either missed due to the festivities or dismissed because of its apparent similarity to numerous other articles reporting on the Republican […]

Lily

posted by David Kuo

Take a peek at a girl named Lily:Lily has a brain tumor. Here is her story. Amidst blaring headlines about things we will not long remember, there are things happening far from headlines that – if we pay attention – […]

2007’s end – Things I know, Things I doubt, Things I want to know

posted by David Kuo

At the end of this year there are things I know more assuredly than I did at the year’s beginning, there are things I doubt more than ever, and things I am grateful for (too many to list actually). Things […]

Evangelicals, say no to poli-pastors

posted by David Kuo

Evangelicals are being seduced back into the GOP not by a politician, but by a pastor. Spiritually speaking, they should resist. At the moment President Bush ascended to reelection in 2004, Christian conservatives had attained political power almost unequaled in […]

Hello again

posted by David Kuo

I’ve been enjoying some time away from computers and email. Sometimes it is good just to shut the stuff down. But with 2007 closing and 2008 dawning, I’m excited to be back.

Roxanne

posted by David Kuo

Our friend Roxanne now lives in Uganda working among the poor and hurting. No one saw it coming. She had a safe job at a prestigious Washington association. She had friends and went to a nice, safe church. But then […]

Magi, Pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

From Aquaman: The Magi left Bethlehem and return home by another route, blissfully unaware of the Slaughter of Innocents their well-intentioned actions had unleashed. Today, we bask in the glow of our Christmas celebrations, and we are too often unaware […]

Disappointed Magi?

posted by David Kuo

Were the Magi the first disappointed Christmas gift givers? At the end of the day, after they had left their very expensive gifts, when they were heading home, do you suppose one of them turned and said, “You know, after […]

And then there was Christmas

posted by David Kuo

I’m looking at the headlines from tomorrow’s papers – they are the same as any other day… a combination of politics and international affairs and economics. CNN and Fox and MSNBC are running similar stories – the Iowa countdown is […]

Oh holy night, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

My friend Martha Williamson, who was executive producer of Touched by an Angel, has started a video blog (it is actually much more than that) here on Beliefnet. She tells an extraordinary story about a night she sang “Oh Holy […]

Oh holy night…

posted by David Kuo

Beautiful…

A man at peace

posted by David Kuo

One of my dearest friends left DC some months ago. He is a great man in a world where good men are rare. I know of few people who leave DC with greater faith than they came here with. He […]

“…the opposite of my life…”

posted by David Kuo

Scott Harrison was a nightclub promoter in New York – successful, attractive, intelligent, and by his own account amazing self-absorbed. He sold $350 bottles of vodka and dated women who bought $5,000 handbags. Then, one day on a beach in […]

Courageous Ms. Spears (the younger)

posted by David Kuo

Britney Spears’ sister is pregnant. She’s 16. Britney Spears’ 16-year-old sister, who stars as a schoolgirl in Nickelodeon’s popular TV show “Zoey 101,” is pregnant. The cable channel confirmed a report in the forthcoming edition of celebrity gossip magazine OK! […]

Grateful for every day…

posted by David Kuo

A few months ago, Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett was paralyzed from the neck down in a freak football incident. The doctors were gloomy about his prognosis. Medicine and quick thinking and a bit of faith changed their prognosis. […]

New Life

posted by David Kuo

Here is the sermon Senior Pastor Brady Boyd preached yesterday in response to the shootings at New Life Church last week. I couldn’t find a direct link but it is prominently featured in the upper left hand corner. It is […]

Big, breaking news

posted by David Kuo

Huge news. Here’s a story bigger than the impact Huckabee/Romney have had in the past month. It is the story of someone living out their faith. It is the story of “the Eggman”: Thanksgiving nearly two decades ago. He looked […]

Anonymously Hearting Huckabee… returns

posted by David Kuo

Back in July, a well-placed conservative Christian friend sent me a post about how Huckabee was really the man. Well, my friend clearly has some political sense. He’s back: Until just a couple months ago, the only thing most people […]

The apology

posted by David Kuo

After yesterday’s debate: Immediately after the debate, in which he wasn’t questioned about the remark, Huckabee apologized to Romney. The timing of the apology suggested that he might have done so in the debate, had it come up. “I said, […]

Remembering 1988

posted by David Kuo

Here’s a little bit of recent history – a January 1988 Time article about Pat Robertson (and Jesse Jackson), their runs for president and church/state matters. Let’s remember that Robertson ended up finishing second in Iowa – beating the sitting […]

A message from Jesus about Christmas?

posted by David Kuo

I saw this comment from Jesus (perhaps through Liz) and had to pass it on: Dear Children, It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe […]

Romney’s sad state

posted by David Kuo

I actually like Mitt Romney very much. I admire his record. He is an impressive man. But his appearance this morning on the Today show was pathetic. He tried to play vicitm of religious discrimination: “But I think attacking someone’s […]

A religious “war”?

posted by David Kuo

Scary times. The newest salvo in the burgeoning religious “war” in our country comes from an AP article about a story that will appear Sunday in The New York Times. In the article, Huckabee apparently asks: …”Don’t Mormons believe that […]

De-Christmasing America – so?

posted by David Kuo

Some people are pretty ticked that there is less “Christmas” in Christmas – at least publicly. It used to be that retailers would call the famous holiday plant for what it was – a “Christmas tree.” But current trends in […]

Fast

posted by David Kuo

Every so often I just have to turn it all off. Turn off the computer, turn away from newspapers and magazines, turn off the radio and switch off anything that resembles news on the television. If I don’t, I begin […]

Ridiculous Christmas

posted by David Kuo

We are beginning our ridiculous Christmas weekend. For the first time we’re actually doing Christmas in our own home. We typically fly or drive to our childhood homes and have wonderful times of celebration. Because we do that, however, we […]

Romney’s results…

posted by David Kuo

The degree to which he succeeded or failed won’t be found in blogs, columns, polls, or talk shows. It will be seen in church pulpits in the coming weeks. If pastors across the nation feel the need to do sermons […]

Romney’s one paragraph gaffe, our big problem, a suggestion

posted by David Kuo

I went into the speech thinking that if it were a purely political speech he’d probably done his job but if it were a spiritual speech he’d be hosed. As with all things political, it wasn’t quite either one. It […]

Today

posted by David Kuo

I’ll be doing live commentary on the Romney speech on MSNBC starting a 10am (EST) and will be on CNN again in the 1:30 hour.

Huckabee politician and pastor

posted by David Kuo

I like Mike Huckabee the politician. He’s affable, funny, positive, and has a broad definition of what it means to be a conservative. He thinks, for instance, it is sound policy to ensure that poor children are insured. He would […]

Faith week

posted by David Kuo

I caught a few minutes of a chat on a major news network tonight between four of their reporters. It offered evangelical Christians with plenty of grist for their belief the mainstream media is either out to get them or […]

The New Oral Roberts University?

posted by David Kuo

This from a current ORU employee who wishes to remain anonymous: As an alumni and current employee of ORU, I have come to learn that the culture on campus is unlike any other I have experienced. It isn’t a surprise […]

Do people really want God?, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Maybe Jesus answered yesterday’s question a long time ago when he told the story of Lazarus and the rich man. Note his last line. “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in […]

Do people really want God?

posted by David Kuo

Do people really want God? I mean do we, today, in our enormously rich country surrounded by standard amenities like hundreds of television channels, this Internet, shopping, food, cars, celebrities really want God? I’m not talking about god – about […]

Dogs or Darfur, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Thanks for the great discussion about my last post on Darfur and Michael Vick. I want to start with a great and honest comment from one reader: …humans are not “of greater worth” than animals. Humans *are* animals, and we […]

Giuliani falling, Romney stuck, Huckabee rising

posted by David Kuo

I watched tonight’s debate a couple of times – once on TV and then once online. I reached the same conclusion in both places. Mike Huckabee is on a huge roll, Rudy Giuliani is sucking wind, and Mitt Romney sounds […]

Dogs or Darfur?

posted by David Kuo

Federal prosecutors have gotten disgraced NFL star Michael Vick to set aside $928,000 for the care and placement of the 54 pit bulls rescued from his horrendous dogfighting operation. That is quite a lot of money by every standard – […]

Monday’s period

posted by David Kuo

Today was my first day on my latest chemo cycle. It was, as the days go, fine. I got to get some rest in the afternoon and watched a couple movies… Knocked Up and Shooter. No joke. It was a […]

Huckabee – “Believe”

posted by David Kuo

I am beginning to wonder if Mike Huckabee is the Republican Barack Obama. Obama’s appeal is based, in no small part, on his optimism, on the sense of hope that he offers. He doesn’t come across as a jaded pol. […]

Thanks giving

posted by David Kuo

In our bit of the world it is Thanksgiving as it ought to be – save the 70 degree temperatures. The trees are orange and yellow and… brown. The leaves are falling. All the kids are under our roof and […]

Odd, odd, odd McCain commercial

posted by David Kuo

John McCain’s new ad highlights his courage as a POW but also tries to mix in faith… oddly: “A higher being”? Those words are toxic to the Republican base. They are akin to saying, “a great spiritual force” or “Shirley […]

Conservatives fighting over Huckabee

posted by David Kuo

The continuing conservative fight over Mike Huckabee’s candidacy is escalating. National Review just published a scathing critique: …what Huckabee offers by way of solutions is a mixture of populism and big-government liberalism; the common theme of his policies is that […]

Jesus test, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

“For unto you this day is born…” a) a family values proponent b) an emperor c) a potential Congressman d) a Savior e) all of the above Thanks canucklehead

5 spiritual things to do during the TV strike

posted by David Kuo

After my time in LA I am more convinced than ever the writers strike is likely to be around for a while. Of course, given some of my past prognostications, it may be over by 2pm. So, here are 5 […]

“The Jesus Test” email

posted by David Kuo

I got an email over the weekend and subject line was, “Paintings of Christ & I scored 100. I’m not ashamed.” The email began with a number of paintings of Jesus. I’ve provided a selection below: And then came this: […]

President Romney?

posted by David Kuo

Mitt Romney appears to have given his “religion” speech already. Suddenly, those who decided to use “push polls” in Iowa to attack his Mormon faith are seeing him take the moral high ground, calling such tactics “un-American,” especially as we […]

Evangelicals staying home, pt. 12,940

posted by David Kuo

Ok, I may not have posted on this 12,940 times but I think I’m close. Anyway, an interesting piece in the Los Angeles Times: A fundamental shift is transforming the religious right, long a force in presidential politics, as aging […]

Praying for a baby named Rachel

posted by David Kuo

There is a little baby who needs our prayers… She was born a week ago and immediately whisked off to ICU at another hospital because she didn’t have enough oxygen in her blood. She’s been on an aspirator and more […]

Hello again

posted by David Kuo

Egads – I’ve been having blog problems that were computer problems or computer problems that were blog problems or some such. Anyway, things are working for the moment (I think). I’ll know more if this post actually goes live. Please […]

Brownback – “pro life and whole life” and a GOP church

posted by David Kuo

Sen. Sam Brownback has an oped in the Washington Post today on what Republicans should be focusing on in order to win: I believe the biggest threat to our future as a movement is a negative public face, when we […]

DiIulio returns, Faith-based alive… despite Bush

posted by David Kuo

Two things of note. First, John DiIulio is back. In the 1990s, DiIulio emerged as one of the most consequential voices in public policy. Articles like this one and this one and this one and scores of others challenged the […]

Five Christians, Pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Thinker suggest the study suggesting there are “five kinds of Christians” missed one. Here is a a snippet: Let us include the “anonymous” Christians… …A friend of mine was once a missionary in Guatamala for an evangelical church. There could […]

Mitt’s Quandry

posted by David Kuo

There is a debate going on inside the Romney camp over whether or not he should give a “religion” speech. The concern is that such a speech would simply draw attention to the “religion issue.” I hope he gives the […]

Five Christians?

posted by David Kuo

A new study says that there are five different kinds of Christians: Active Christians 19% Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ Committed churchgoers Bible readers Accept leadership positions Invest in personal faith development through the church Feel obligated to share […]

on Robertson and Dobson

posted by David Kuo

Robertson’s Giuliani endorsement yesterday has some in the Christian conservative shaking their heads and their fists. Read this from a top person at the Dobson-founded Family Research Council: “This is a man whose supporters basically are pro-family, pro-life, pro-traditional-marriage, and […]

A soldier on waterboarding

posted by David Kuo

A former soldier, a Christian, continues the conversation on waterboarding and the Christian conscience: For me, there are some fundamental challenges that national security issues present to a Christian world-view. Being a former citizen soldier, I have already been forced […]

Robertson hearts Rudy

posted by David Kuo

Pat Robertson just endorsed Rudy Giuliani: The other major effect of Robertson’s support for Giuliani is that it will quiet talk in social conservative circles that nominating Giuliani would lead “values voters” to abandon the Republican Party. The stamp of […]

Evangelicals not ‘cracking up’?

posted by David Kuo

A new Gallup study out suggest that white evangelicals aren’t running away from President Bush or the Republican Party. All Americans have become less likely over the last three years to identify with the Republican Party, and less likely to […]

Televangelists being investigated

posted by David Kuo

CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct. Letters were sent Monday to the ministries demanding that financial statements and records […]

God or money?

posted by David Kuo

It is still hard to serve both: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Results from a recent survey may agree with […]

The essentials for salvation?

posted by David Kuo

What are the essentials for salvation? Here is one person’s take: 1. Belief in the existence of God: Duh, right? In short, as relativised as the term “Christian” has become, there is really no such thing as an atheistic Christian. […]

Who rules this world? God? Satan?

posted by David Kuo

In response to an earlier post on who rules creation, Charity asked whether I was advocating an old heresy: You are saying that you are a Cathar or Arian? Those are REAL old heresies that believe that this world was […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

From Tim: Lahaina, Maui, HI – Sunset

on GodTube

posted by David Kuo

A clip I did on MSNBC about GodTube:

Satanic snakes and scorpions

posted by David Kuo

Some thoughts from my friend Greg Boyd: I’m preaching through the book of Luke these days (actually the last several years), and this last week was on Luke 10:17-24. In this passage the 70 disciples that had been sent out […]

Waterboarding for muggers?

posted by David Kuo

Got this in an email from Jim Pinkerton this morning – If “waterboarding” is such an effective technique at thwarting evil-doers, as the President and Vice President keep reminding us, then surely it is unconscionable that we are NOT using […]

Deadly Viper

posted by David Kuo

I think – think – this is something very interesting and cool. I say ‘think’ because I am not entirely certain what it is…

Living a worthy life

posted by David Kuo

I’ve been given an extra four-and-a-half years of life. By most statistical accounts I should probably have been killed in April 2003 when I had a full-blown seizure while driving my SUV down a windy, twisty parkway. The car hit […]

“The Exchanged Life”

posted by David Kuo

This from Nicole: We are learning about the “Exchanged Life” meaning Christ laid down his life for us and we are listing the benefits that come with such a love as this. One of them is that he took his […]

And then I went to NIH

posted by David Kuo

Yesterday was verdict day for me after a year of chemo. Three times a year, I drive to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where I lie in a whiny, clanky, buzzing, whirring, pulsating machine that stretches and pulls and […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

God and sports, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

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

“the one true gift”

posted by David Kuo

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

Evangelical principles?

posted by David Kuo

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

Watching sports to God’s glory?

posted by David Kuo

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

An apology

posted by David Kuo

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

“The Opiate of the Morally Corrupt”

posted by David Kuo

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

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