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Obeying the President

The president has instructed the IRS not to mess with churches who get political. He wants us churches to speak our minds, right? Here goes. The other day I was talking to my cousin Patti and feeling impassioned by some

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Trump and Assad

“For the son of God became like us so that we could become like him.” Athanasius On Palm Sunday, Dr. Cherith Nording, a seminary professor, gave a powerful sermon in which she proposed that Christ could live in connection with

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Happy Endings

Lots of us pray the Lord’s prayer fairly regularly, thereby requesting that, “Your will be done.” Recently I heard a pastor quote a Christian writer’s prediction that anyone who can pray with perfect sincerity for God’s will to be done

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Joan of Arcadia

Zoe took a trip with her mom and left me alone for five days. Every one of those evenings, my entertainment was Joan of Arcadia, a television drama that aired for two seasons about a dozen years ago. The premise

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For the Love of Money

If you’d prefer, listen to the podcast. 1 Timothy 6:10 NIV:  “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

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How Did Trump Win?

The day after the recent election, Zoe asked me, “How did Trump win?” I said, “Ask your grandma,” because her grandma had voted for the fellow. But that was only an easy answer I gave because I felt too dismayed

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Hope and Bob Dylan

About a week before Bob Dylan was honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature,  a mighty powerful thought came to me. I had been talking to a friend about the way we often distort our thinking. Suppose a loved one

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The Necessity of Hope

I can’t seem to make myself stop beginning the day with a dose of world news. This morning I read about the many political assassinations in Russia, and about the thousands of deaths and nearly unfathomable misery the people of

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white-Christian-evangelical

Nowadays, “white”, “Christian”, and “evangelical”, are loaded words. White can mean oppressor; Christian can mean ignorant; and evangelical often means bigot. Since I could be called a white evangelical Christian, I frequently take offense at the way they are used.

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Trump and Evangelicals

Recently I read that four-fifths of “evangelicals” intend to vote for Donald Trump. As a writer, I’m all about words. And a common word that concerns me is evangelical. I’ve been a churchgoer for about twenty-five years and a believer

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