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Nelson Rockefeller as Social Gospel Christian

May 20, 2015

Richard Norton Smith’s outstanding new biography of Nelson Rockefeller does not directly focus much on the religious beliefs of the wealthy scion and long-time presidential aspirant. But there are enough tidbits to imply that he…


Georgetown Poverty Summit’s Impoverished Solutions

May 15, 2015

Georgetown University hosts a panel discussion on poverty heavy with platitudes and finger-pointing but absent of any constructive practical policy discussion on the differences between the Left and Right’s approach to reducing poverty.

Members of the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, make their way through concertina wire during a live fire demonstration for Saudi Arabian national guardsmen. The demonstration is taking place during Operation Desert Shield. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Task at Hand

May 13, 2015

In her excellent biography of Ronald Reagan, Peggy Noonan relates an episode involving a little boy, the son of a Reagan staffer, who was running through the White House hallways with a plastic sword….

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The False Gospel of Gender Diversity

May 12, 2015

In a recent conversation with a friend, we discussed a First Things piece by the Editor, Mr. Reno. He was not opposed to homosexual activity, marriage, or adoption and argued that the position espoused by…

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Do Pastors Know God’s Will on Medicaid Expansion? Seriously?

May 8, 2015

Recently a group of mostly liberal Protestant clergy (but including a Catholic bishop) signed a Nashville Tennessean op-ed denouncing conservative Tennessee legislators who oppose Obamacare-facilitated Medicaid expansion in their state. The headline was: “Elected leaders show…


Russell Crowe Amid Ottoman Political Correctness

May 6, 2015

Does Russell Crowe’s new WWI-era film The Water Diviner aim to demonize Christianity and exalt Islam? Or is it just a poignant story of an Australian father after the war searching for the bodies of his…


Call for Biblical Transformation Obscured by Leftist Policies

May 5, 2015

Last week, the downtown DC campus of Wesley Theological Seminary hosted Transform Network’s 2015 Nation Gathering. Transform Network is a progressive missional community formation network that also develops collective action models for justice. Many…

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What to Do about Moralistic Therapeutic Deism?

May 5, 2015

In an earlier article I wrote about “moralistic therapeutic deism,” as described by Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith and Princeton Seminary professor Kenda Dean. The focus was on diagnosing the problem: What is this…

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Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, a Moralistic Therapeutic Deist?

May 4, 2015

There is talk in some church circles about “moralistic therapeutic deism.” We may abbreviate this ungainly phrase as “MTD,” in allusion to the popular cable channel showing music videos. Many teenagers and young adults…

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An Open Letter to Pope Francis on Climate Change

May 1, 2015

The following letter originally appeared on the website of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, the world’s leading evangelical voice on environmental stewardship and development. A full list of signatories, which includes Institute…

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Video of “People of the Land: A Twenty-First Century Case for Christian Zionism”

April 28, 2015

A 21st century case for Christian Zionism


Why I Defend and Support Israel As An Anglican Bishop

April 24, 2015

This article was originally given as part of People of the Land: A Twenty-First Century Case for Christian Zionism, a conference hosted by the Institute on Religion and Democracy  Christian Zionists are often charged…