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Churches, Division & Sex

September 1, 2014

Here’s a review by my friend Robert Benne, a distinguished Lutheran theologian and ethicist at Roanoke College: The Morally Divided Body: Ethical Disagreement and the Disunity of the Church Pro Ecclesia Series Editors: Michael…

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Irrefutable: Israel’s Case for Legitimacy

August 29, 2014

Amidst all struggles, Israel reborn as a modern, thriving Jewish state “is undeniably a miracle of God…”

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United Methodist Women Release Election Checklist

August 26, 2014

The United Methodist Women have created a midterm election checklist for its members. Unfortunately, like the organization itself, the checklist is biased, outdated, and largely irrelevant.

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Justice for Palestine

August 22, 2014

Justice is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot by activists. The word is often attached to whatever cause the activist is promoting. The environmental activists speak of earth justice, the…

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Garrett-Evangelical Goes Gay?

August 10, 2014

The president of the United Methodist-affiliated Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has announced a year-long “conversation” about homosexuality and LGBT rights.

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Defining Social Justice

August 4, 2014

Today, nearly any issue of justice in society, real or imagined, falls under the umbrella of social justice. But what does this mean practically speaking…?

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Jesus, Elvis & Bishop Spong

August 1, 2014

Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong used to be a big deal. In the 1980s he appeared on talk shows and wrote provocative books suggesting the Virgin Mary was impregnated by a Roman soldier, or…

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Sen. Rubio Urges Action on Life, Marriage and Healthy Families

July 25, 2014

In Washington D.C. on July 23, 2014, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) united with Catholic University of America to host a forum tackling the impact of family breakdowns. There…

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Scenarios for United Methodism’s Future?

July 23, 2014

Last week I blogged against United Methodist schism. In response, some have asked what scenarios I envision for United Methodism’s future. Here are some possibilities, starting with what I think is the least likely…

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Calvinists, Please Rescue Evangelicalism from Perfectionism!

July 11, 2014

Wesleyan and Anabaptist perfectionisms are the emerging dominant forms of Christian social witness in America, according to this fascinating piece in First Things by Dale Coulter of Regent University. He’s certainly right about their…


Denominational Responses to the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Ruling

July 1, 2014

Let’s sort out the responses to the Hobby Lobby decision, shall we?

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A Millennial’s Take on the Hobby Lobby Case

June 26, 2014

Despite what some Evangelicals might think, there is something more important than the outcome of the Hobby Lobby case.