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D’Souza and Hitchens… on God?

posted by David Kuo

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

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Praying for (and writing to) Britney

posted by David Kuo

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

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“The Evangelical Crackup”, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

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

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“The Evangelical Crackup”

posted by David Kuo

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

What Christians should be combatting

posted by David Kuo

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

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

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

Awe, pt. 3

posted by David Kuo

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

Awe, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

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

What’s on GodTube

posted by David Kuo

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

Awe

posted by David Kuo

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

What Muslims love about Jesus

posted by David Kuo

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

Obama’s huge test

posted by David Kuo

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

Great quote

posted by David Kuo

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

Defending the Values Summit agenda

posted by David Kuo

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

America’s wealth from God or…

posted by David Kuo

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

Smart Christians

posted by David Kuo

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

And Dumbledore

posted by David Kuo

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

Rudy’s new tack

posted by David Kuo

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

Huckabee rising

posted by David Kuo

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

Learning forgiveness

posted by David Kuo

This is forgiveness. Thanks Erica for sending.

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

What Ralph Reed is thinking…

posted by David Kuo

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

Prayer, again

posted by David Kuo

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

Faith-based baseball

posted by David Kuo

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

Kurt Warner, Pt. 3

posted by David Kuo

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

Richard Roberts taking a leave at ORU

posted by David Kuo

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

Romney’s evangelical opponents

posted by David Kuo

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

Tempting Faith

posted by David Kuo

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

Our world, like it or not

posted by David Kuo

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

Tyler Perry’s faith-based films

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

Sen. Obama’s increasing faith

posted by David Kuo

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

Kurt Warner’s prayers, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

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

John Paul II, 2?

posted by David Kuo

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

Colbert, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

A couple of my favorite Colbert moments.

Kurt Warner’s prayers

posted by David Kuo

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

Huckabee and the Bush backlash

posted by David Kuo

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

Erik Prince and Blackwater

posted by David Kuo

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

“Golden Prisons”

posted by David Kuo

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

DiIulionism

posted by David Kuo

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

Red-, blue-, and black-letter Christians

posted by David Kuo

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

New allegations against Richard Roberts

posted by David Kuo

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

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

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

Bad atheist books

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

Voices and Votes

posted by David Kuo

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

Rebutting Richard Roberts about ORU

posted by David Kuo

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

Nancy Pelosi, praying

posted by David Kuo

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

Evangelicals on Obama

posted by David Kuo

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

Poli-pastors

posted by David Kuo

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

Bush’s unintentional SCHIP sermon

posted by David Kuo

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

The Christian threat

posted by David Kuo

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

Life in Haiti

posted by David Kuo

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

An update from Mitch’s family

posted by David Kuo

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

Politics and JWalking

posted by David Kuo

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

Grassley on SCHIP and the Bush lies

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

on MSNBC

posted by David Kuo

A segment I did on MSNBC yesterday:

What’s the Hillary problem?

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

the religious left and Jesus, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

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

the “religious left” and fasting

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

The faith-based voter

posted by David Kuo

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

Baltimore Book Festival

posted by David Kuo

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

John McCain over the edge

posted by David Kuo

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

For a Friday smile

posted by David Kuo

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

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

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

Religious books back in prisons

posted by David Kuo

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

“Mitchell wins”

posted by David Kuo

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

More on Mitch at the end…

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

Why Christian whining?

posted by David Kuo

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

Two beautiful letters

posted by David Kuo

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

100,000 pieces of the Pope’s robe

posted by David Kuo

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

Awaiting Mitchell’s beginning

posted by David Kuo

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

The 23rd Psalm

posted by David Kuo

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

Jesus introduces Ahmadinejad

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

Mitch

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

Mitch – near the end

posted by David Kuo

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

My Mormon visitors

posted by David Kuo

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

God on trial

posted by David Kuo

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

From Donny…

posted by David Kuo

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

Why we are parents

posted by David Kuo

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

Mitchell at night

posted by David Kuo

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

More Mitch

posted by David Kuo

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

Meet Burns Strider, Sen. Clinton’s Faith Adviser

posted by David Kuo

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

The Dobson speaks

posted by David Kuo

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

Christians for deportation

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin places

posted by David Kuo

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

Morality in our genes?

posted by David Kuo

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

More Mitch

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

Gorbachev and Louis Vuitton – did I miss the apocalypse?

posted by David Kuo

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

More on Mitch

posted by David Kuo

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

Anne Rice on Jesus, vampires, writing

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

The theology of heaven

posted by David Kuo

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

Slate-ing it

posted by David Kuo

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

Democrats = Republicans = Icarus?

posted by David Kuo

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

The man who SING(s), pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

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

Please pray for a boy named Mitch

posted by David Kuo

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

The man who SING(s)

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places, con’t

posted by David Kuo

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

Two portraits of grief and forgiveness

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places, back again

posted by David Kuo

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

On 9/11

posted by David Kuo

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

Prison book purging

posted by David Kuo

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

My slight email problem

posted by David Kuo

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

A good Sunday Saturday

posted by David Kuo

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

Tired of hypocrisy “exposes”

posted by David Kuo

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

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

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

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

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

Apple humility

posted by David Kuo

So yesterday Steve Jobs announces the “iPod Touch” – basically everything an iPhone does just minus the phone part. It takes great pictures, has great music, a gorgeous screen, browses for WiFi, etc. It costs either $299 for an 8GB […]

Christians for Huckabee, not for Fred

posted by David Kuo

I just got this note in my inbox from Stephen Strang, head of Strang Communications, one of the largest Christian magazine companies. Dear friend, Since I am a networker in the Christian community, I am contacting you on behalf of […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

Westgard Pass overlooking Deep Springs Valley, Eastern California, thanks to Doug who writes that he has spoken his “most articulate prayers” and had his “most vivid dreams” near here. (featuring Walela the dog)

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

Celtic Christians had a term for those places or for those moments where the veil between heaven and earth was lifted or was thinner. They called those spots, those moments, “thin places.” They worshipped there, they celebrated them. I’d like […]

JWalking

posted by David Kuo

Welcome back to JWalking. As this week passes you’ll notice some new features on the blog. One will be the appearance of a continuing feature called “Thin Places.” That will be a daily picture, movie clip, song lyric (or song […]

Happy Labor Day

posted by David Kuo

Happy Labor Day. I’m going to be off this weekend but will be back on Tuesday. And when I return it will be with many more posts every day and several other things including short interviews with interesting people. So […]

Edwards on health care

posted by David Kuo

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

Korean hostages

posted by David Kuo

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

My Michael Vick question

posted by David Kuo

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

God’s stained glass

posted by David Kuo

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

Observations from my period

posted by David Kuo

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

My period

posted by David Kuo

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

Social Gospel, part deux?

posted by David Kuo

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

Stunned by “God’s” politics

posted by David Kuo

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

Huckabeeing

posted by David Kuo

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

The mystery deer

posted by David Kuo

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

The worst question in heaven

posted by David Kuo

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

On drawing nearer to God

posted by David Kuo

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

More on Imus lawsuits

posted by David Kuo

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

Spiritual epiphanies

posted by David Kuo

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

Our Christian nation

posted by David Kuo

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

God isn’t like duct tape

posted by David Kuo

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

Dreher on Rove

posted by David Kuo

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

Huckabee rising

posted by David Kuo

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

“the ultimate reality”

posted by David Kuo

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

St. Springsteen?

posted by David Kuo

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

More on Gerson

posted by David Kuo

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

The Gerson Story

posted by David Kuo

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

20/20 on Graham and the Presidents

posted by David Kuo

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

Billy Graham and the Presidents

posted by David Kuo

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

Broken evolution

posted by David Kuo

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

Bonfire of the Vanities, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

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

Jesus people

posted by David Kuo

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

Sad story of George Steinbrenner

posted by David Kuo

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

Barry hits, Aaron scores

posted by David Kuo

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

Karl Rove funds the Democrats (indirectly)

posted by David Kuo

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

“Godly” money?

posted by David Kuo

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

Obama and Clinton friends no more

posted by David Kuo

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

God is not a bat

posted by David Kuo

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

The “new Ted Haggard” isn’t

posted by David Kuo

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

What draws us to God?

posted by David Kuo

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

Anteaters and Us

posted by David Kuo

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

Giving God His due

posted by David Kuo

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

Republican voters and Giuliani

posted by David Kuo

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

The (Need a name) Awards – nominee

posted by David Kuo

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

The lesson of forgiveness

posted by David Kuo

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

Making no sense of the bridge collapse

posted by David Kuo

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

Tom Wolfe: pornography and birth rates

posted by David Kuo

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

Iraq – we’re winning!?

posted by David Kuo

I’m not sure the last time Republicans were directing people to the NY Times op/ed page. But count today as one of those days. There is a remarkable piece by two formerly fierce critics of the Iraq War – Kenneth […]

Stomp

posted by David Kuo

I woke up with this in my head… I love this song.On a mostly unrelated note – Apple used it in a promotional video…

Potter – the anti-Dobson approach

posted by David Kuo

The Church of England has published a guide for using Harry Potter as a springboard for talking about Jesus and the big issues that kids face. Brilliant. Recognizing the books as works of fiction that draw on important spiritual and […]

Dobson, Potter, Christians

posted by David Kuo

Last week, a Washington Post article speculated that the next great Potter-type book might just be an explicitly Christian-themed book. In the article, the reporter incorrectly stated that Focus on the Family head James Dobson embraced the Potter books. Yesterday, […]

Newt…Yowza…

posted by David Kuo

Kuodos to Newt who just unloaded on politicians but more significantly on the political process as it now stands. To wit: Gingrich mocked Republican presidential candidates for subjecting themselves to a May debate hosted by Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s “Hardball.” […]

Giuliani – the anti-Bush

posted by David Kuo

Was talking to a friend over the weekend about Giuliani. My friend is a very serious Christian by anyone’s measure. He is also politically conservative and likes Giuliani. Why? Giuliani: – cleaned up NY from the window washers and graffiti […]

Grace for Barry?

posted by David Kuo

Barry Bonds is two home runs away from Hank Aaron’s home run record. He is reviled by many baseball purists convinced by evidence that ranges from the physical – Bonds physique and head have changed quite a bit during his […]

Anonymously hearting Huckabee

posted by David Kuo

This from a conservative Christian friend who works in Washington but can’t yet let his presidential preferences be known. He makes a good case: If you are like me, you are pretty dissatisfied with the current so-called “frontrunners” in the […]

Republican denial

posted by David Kuo

2008 is approaching and things aren’t looking better for Republicans. The man that many had hoped would be the next Reagan, – not based on performance, vision, or ideology but on the fact that he is also an actor – […]

Adam, Eve, Harry, us

posted by David Kuo

Harry Potter’s publisher is suing a book distributor and an online bookstore, there are “spoilers” aplenty available on the Internet telling who died and how they died and when they died and the media is atwitter. People want to know […]

American v. Christian

posted by David Kuo

It isn’t easy being both an American and a Christian sometimes…maybe most of the time. At least that is my experience. This is particularly true when it comes to matters like protecting America. Case in point word that we have […]

Bush and Jesus and freedom

posted by David Kuo

Yesterday, NYT columnist David Brooks wrote about the two-hour session he had with President Bush last Friday on Iraq. He didn’t find the president beleaguered but rather “assertive and good-humored” and “unshakably committed to stabilizing Iraq.” Where does the confidence […]

I need an airsickness bag

posted by David Kuo

A new ad from Mitt Romney is airing in Iowa:The key phrases are these: “I’d like to keep pornography from coming up on their computers.”I’d like to keep drugs off the streets.”I’d like to see less violence and sex on […]

Fun book

posted by David Kuo

A publisher sent me a fun book today, The Original Dr. Steve’s Almanac of Christian Trivia: A Miscellany of Oddities, Instructional Anecdotes, Little-Known Facts and Occasional Frivolity Fully Incomplete, Unalphabetical, With No Consideration Given to Chronology. Forthwith random snippets: – […]

Walking

posted by David Kuo

A friend created this. No words, just watch: Click To Play Maybe it is because of my three young daughters and my increasing awareness of their too rapid growth; maybe it is because this so clearly a glimpse of how […]

Sexy stats – everyone is right

posted by David Kuo

Interesting new data out on teen birth rates and teen sexual activity: Birth rate decline was particularly steep among Black, non-Hispanic and Asian or Pacific Islander adolescents, ages 15-17, according to the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, […]

Grief

posted by David Kuo

My friend is getting sicker. Little by little his hands and his arms and his body is deteriorating. It is the stuff that we take for granted that becomes so precious – the ability to pick up a phone, to […]

On earth as it is…

posted by David Kuo

The natural gas leaks our son has been experiencing have improved dramatically. Not coincidentally, I am sure, the east coast of the United States has been cooler this week. Perhaps it is because she no longer fears being in his […]

The president who cried wolf

posted by David Kuo

Growing up my father told me the stories that he was told as a boy growing up in China in the 1920s. I don’t remember all the details but I do remember that the stories lacked in subtlety. They scared […]

Why John Edwards bugs us.

posted by David Kuo

John Edwards is a rich hypocrite. He is vain. He spends too much money on his hair, his house and everything else. He isn’t believable. He shouldn’t be talking about the poor – he is just using them. These are […]

The Edwards poverty tour

posted by David Kuo

John Edwards is taking a break from fundraisers and a break from campaigning in primary states. Instead, for three days next week he will be going on a poverty tour: Edwards’ “Road to One America” tour will take him through […]

Pope Document Day +1

posted by David Kuo

A day after the hubbub. A few thoughts: We live in a day and age where Christians of every kind need to understand that their theological statements are more than theology, they are evangelism. To a world conditioned to think […]

Spoiled by John Paul

posted by David Kuo

I have a friend who is pretty much a fundamentalist. She wraps it in intellectual garb but he is a fundamentalist and he knows it. She pretty much believes that the earth is only about 6000 years old. A couple […]

A challenge

posted by David Kuo

Ok, this will require an honor code. While thinking this morning about Christians and politics this jumped to mind. As one who tries to follow Jesus and one who talks about the importance of the spiritual first and the political […]

Christus Victor

posted by David Kuo

A wonderful discovery – Gregory Boyd, his book The Myth of a Christian Nation, his church, and his blog and his ministry website. Though we haven’t ever met, we share the same concern – that Jesus is more important than […]

Who was Richard Owen?

posted by David Kuo

I got this note from a friend: I visited Indiana University in Bloomington last week and saw an unusual bust of an Union Colonel that was commissioned by Confederate soldiers who were interned at Camp Morton near Indianapolis…. I was […]

My friend the cat killer…

posted by David Kuo

I got this in an email from a dear friend and it struck me as being one of the funnier things I’ve read in a very long time – funny in description and tone if not in subject matter: I […]

Bishops, Dems, and Iraq

posted by David Kuo

Fascinating article – basically a bunch of Catholic Members of Congress are appealing to the Catholic Bishops to get more involved in standing against the Iraq War. The lawmakers, all Democrats, wrote to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asking […]

I hope

posted by David Kuo

Jesus, many have said, didn’t come to usher in a new set of rules or a new set of morals. He came, John says in his Gospel, to “bring life and bring it in full.” So much of the world […]

Let’s save our throats

posted by David Kuo

I read the comments and sometimes I smile, sometimes I am deeply moved, sometimes I cringe, and sometimes I am befuddled. Perhaps we should call a momentary truce – perhaps just till the end of July? Let’s try and engage […]

“thank an L-word”

posted by David Kuo

While I am increasingly against “conservative” and “liberal” as terms because I think that they are increasingly meaningless, I was particularly struck by this post from PatientWitness. I don’t agree with every item and I don’t think it is fair […]

Derek Fisher for President

posted by David Kuo

The Founders never intended us to have the professional political class we now have – heck, they didn’t intend for a two-party political system but that is another matter. So, after reading a wee bit more about my new favorite […]

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