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To be a preacher’s kid in a Fundamentalist Christian/ Pentecostal home in the 1960s and early 1970s was to be engaged in a full-on “culture war,” even decades before that term came to define our nation’s current theological, ethical and […]

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Perhaps my perceptions are skewed, but does it seem that as the 2011 holiday season gets underway there is a sense of desperate celebration? Stores opened for Christmas shopping earlier than ever this week, offering margin-cutting bargains to bring the […]

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Far more than a chance to gorge on turkey, stuffing, yams, pies, hams and mashed potatoes and gravy, Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, and the gift of perspective. We tend to look to the so-called “first Thanksgiving” as that […]

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Herman Cain likens himself to a modern-day Moses, a reluctant yet obedient servant who, in this century, answered the call to run for the Republican presidential nomination. Michele Bachmann said God told her to run. Ricky Perry, too, has laid […]

One of the worst perils of being a preacher’s kid is not what you might think. You know, those tales about misbehaving progeny of men of the cloth; those rebellious, marginalized of-spring yearning to be free . . . of […]

Back in my days as a religion writer for a metro newspaper, I asked some ministers about what I thought was a rather simple question: “If a member of your congregation won a jackpot at a casino, the lottery, or […]

In the several churches that my father the preacher pastored, I learned the cure for prejudice the hard way – and as it turned out, that was perhaps the best way. When I was 15, I became enamored of a […]

Two words to say about the current state of the Republican presidential nominee campaign: Good grief. I’ve discussed before my frustration with the attitude of “born again” Christian candidates seeking to challenge President Obama in 2012. Both Michele Bachmann and […]

Remember the brouhaha over whether President Obama was a secret Muslim in “born again” Christian clothing? You know . . . usually that allegation was made with the same vitriol that punctuated the whole “Birther” madness (i.e., he wasn’t really born […]

Been thinking a lot lately about forgiveness. Now the usual sequence with this virtue, most of us have been told, is to “forgive and forget.” That’s what God does, according to scripture: “Come now, and let us reason together,” says […]