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United Church of Christ and Israel: A Timeline

July 1, 2015

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ, an approximately 1 million member denomination formed from the 1957 merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the General Council of the Congregational Christian…

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Farrakhan Exploits Charleston Tragedy

June 29, 2015

The recent, racially-motivated massacre of a bible study group in a historic African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston has sparked grief, shock, rage, and an almost-unbelievable and moving expression of forgiveness from the victims’…

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Now What, Church?

June 29, 2015

Difficult times are ahead for Christian ministries, non-profits, private schools, churches, pastors and individuals, it’s true.

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The Real Problem with Our DNA

June 27, 2015

Recently President Obama stated that “The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination is in almost every institution of our lives, you know; that casts a long shadow, and that’s still part of Americans’ DNA…

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The Right and Wrong Kind of Post Charleston Sermon

June 24, 2015

This past weekend, Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, held its first church service since the massacre that claimed the lives of nine members of its congregation. Rev. Norvell Goff- preaching because…

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The Reformation Remembered

June 22, 2015

The Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology recently hosted its Pro Ecclesia annual conference, Remembering the Reformation Together: Commemorate? Celebrate? Repent?, at The Catholic University of America. This conference anticipated the 500th anniversary of…

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Bestsellers ≠ Best Books

June 11, 2015

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association has compiled a list of the best-selling Christian books of 2014. I was scandalized at the results, as was Adam Ford of the Christian webcomic, His response is hilarious and…

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The Christian Response to a Confused Court

June 10, 2015

Yesterday the Family Research Council hosted a panel discussion on “Marriage and Civil Rights: How to Respond Rightly If the Court Gets It Wrong.” The panel consisted of Keith Fournier – the founder and…

Tintoretto: The Murder of Abel

The Justice of the Death Penalty

May 29, 2015

This week Nebraska’s legislature overrode its governor’s veto of a bill to end the death penalty in Nebraska. Nebraska is the nineteenth US state to ban the death penalty. The editorial board of the…

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Refuse to Click, Cripple a Monster: What we can do about human trafficking

May 28, 2015

Congress recently sent “The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act” to President Obama. The act, which is expected to be signed into law, will provide further support for human trafficking victims by expanding law…

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A Tale of Two Commencements

May 26, 2015

The May 11th commencement address at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and the May 22nd commencement address at United Theological Seminary differed significantly in their identification of the goals of theological study…

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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…