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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 […]

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I’m not the devil

posted by David Kuo

Several months ago – around the time I stopped blogging with any regularity – someone accused me of being the devil. And if it wasn’t the devil, then it was certainly one of his minions. It is hard to shake […]

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Meet Barack Dobson

posted by David Kuo

How different are they? Really? James Dobson and Barack Obama? On the face of it there is little, save their shared humanity, that seems to unite the two men. From their skin color to their positions on abortion, gay marriage, […]

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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 […]

Politics and Jesus

posted by David Kuo

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

What would Jesus support?

posted by David Kuo

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

Was(Is) Jesus cool? Let’s debate

posted by David Kuo

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

The heresy of cool?

posted by David Kuo

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

unChristian

posted by David Kuo

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

The Christian threat

posted by David Kuo

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

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. […]

My new favorite blog

posted by David Kuo

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

Jesus, Mahmoud, con’t

posted by David Kuo

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

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 […]

Converted by Clinton

posted by David Kuo

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

Stripped

posted by David Kuo

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

Pain, con’t

posted by David Kuo

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

D. James Kennedy – “more alive” than ever

posted by David Kuo

I was struck by this statement from D. James Kennedy on how he wanted others to view his death: “… I don’t want them to cry. I want them to begin the service with the Doxology and end with the […]

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 […]

Mike Vick meet Darryl Strawberry

posted by David Kuo

In the mid-1980s, Darryl Strawberry was one of baseball’s elite. He won a World Series ring, he was selected to repeated All Star games, he was a rich man. He was a troubled man. There was a divorce, there were […]

The tectonic shift

posted by David Kuo

I am the son of a geophysicist. As such I know a wee bit (emphasis on “wee”) about plate tectonics. Plate tectonics is the theory that best explains how the continents came to be through slow but inexorable movement. [Note: […]

Mr. Vick meets Jesus

posted by David Kuo

Michael Vick this morning: “We all make mistakes. I made a mistake for using bad judgement and making bad decisions,” Vick said. “Dogfighting is a terrible thing and I didn’t reject it. … Through this situation I found Jesus and […]

An honest woman on porn

posted by David Kuo

Anne Jackson is a writer at Relevant Magazine>. She has written a beautifully honest piece about her addiction to online porn and God’s grace and mercy. I’m still a girl who struggles. I’m still a girl who lives one day […]

Apocalpyto, Iraq, Satan

posted by David Kuo

I have become a huge fan of Greg Boyd, pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, MN. Huge. Read his blog, listen to his sermons, this guy is real. Yesterday he wrote about watching Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto. It’s a […]

Christians sending a political message

posted by David Kuo

Some of the most insightful people grace this blog, taking time out of their lives to read and comment and send emails. It is such a privilege to be part of it. Rjohnson posted something yesterday that I am particularly […]

Christians

posted by David Kuo

Whenever there is a disaster it is Christian relief and development organizations that are among the first on the ground. This is a fact too often lost in “sexier” conversations about politics or theology. But in Peru and in Southeast […]

Karl Rove’s spiritual legacy

posted by David Kuo

Karl Rove made religion sexy for every politician and political strategist. More than any other person in the past generation Karl Rove is responsible for the faith-based politics we see around us. His influence is greater than Robertson or Dobson […]

Little girl, big love

posted by David Kuo

We’ve been at the beach the past few days. With a newborn and a two-year-old that means we’ve mostly been at the house looking in the general direction of where we know the beach is located. Wonderfully we have managed […]

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 […]

The Graham/Gibson picture

posted by David Kuo

After seeing the picture of Billy Graham and Charles Gibson in my interview with Gibson, Wendy Wonderful wrote: WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PIC.. YOU CAN SEE THE LIGHT OF GOD ON THEIR FACES LIKE IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN WHEN MOSES CAME […]

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 […]

Finding the next Billy Graham

posted by David Kuo

Many people wonder who will become the next Billy Graham. Mark Batterson, a pastor in Washington, DC, doesn’t answer the question. In highlighting the possibility of new technology to communicate Jesus like never before, he does show where we should […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Sunday morning debate

posted by David Kuo

Is the complete mess of the Republican party any clearer than with the fact that all of these men who are trying to compete for votes and attention – and are really trying to mobilize the completely disinterested conservative Christian […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hucka-back – another perspective on Christians

posted by David Kuo

From Doug about my post on the idiocy of the Hucka-back controversy: I don’t think this reflects Christians, Christianity or Christ. It reflects what happens when the Church becomes a tribe with political aspirations. But I agree with this: political […]

Rude Christians in politics

posted by David Kuo

The juvenile exchange between the very evangelical Mike Huckabee and the very Catholic Sam Brownback continues. The New York Times political blog captures the whole ridiculous situation here. In hugely condensed form, it began with a pastor – not affiliated […]

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 […]

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 […]

Poll: too busy for God

posted by David Kuo

People of the world are too busy for God, so says a major new five-year study: In data collected from over 20,000 Christians with ages ranging from 15 to 88 across 139 countries, The Obstacles to Growth Survey found that […]

“Please pray for the Red Sox”

posted by David Kuo

This isn’t really the day of anonymous friends saying things. With this one I am just helping someone save face. I get an instant message, “a prayer request” Next line: “trading deadline is today, you know the sox are close […]

Huckabee, Christians, and why Romney is hosed

posted by David Kuo

A follow-up from the friend who posted last week about Huckabee. He read the discussions here and elsewhere and wanted to respond. The second and third paragraphs are the most significant because my friend’s attitudes are those of lots of […]

Baskin Robbins church

posted by David Kuo

I went to church yesterday even though I haven’t ever been on a Saturday before. It was a short service – 20 minutes or so. There was no singing and no sermon. And the service was held at noon outside […]

iPhone is saving my soul

posted by David Kuo

Three weeks ago I stood in line and got my iPhone at 6:15pm. It was a joyous time. Laughing, clapping, slapping of hands. My friend who was with me – and deeply skeptical of the iPhone – gasped when he […]

Caring sparrows

posted by David Kuo

An article about a beautiful couple whose lives have been turned over by chronic disease. Though the situations are different, the story reminds me of the story behind the hymn, “His Eye is on the Sparrow”. Of that song the […]

Beautiful, broken Lindsay

posted by David Kuo

I am haunted by the beauty of Lindsay Lohan’s booking photo. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a booking photo that is truly art – though, I suppose, each one is art in its own way. Hers is art. It […]

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