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Iran’s Spiritual Challenge to American Christians

March 3, 2015

Nine years ago liberal American religious activists like pacifist Jim Wallis of Sojourners created a “Words, Not War, With Iran” coalition to organize against decisive U.S. action against Iran’s nuclear program.  Revealingly they urged:…

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Spock’s Struggle and Ours

February 27, 2015

Today Leonard Nimoy, most famous for playing Spock in the original Star Trek television series and its many spin-offs and films, passed away. His performance in that role will not be fading from our…

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Sacramentalism and Its Secular Enemies

February 25, 2015

Sacrament is an outward visible sign of an inward spiritual grace and reflects the promises of God. Such sacraments as Baptism and Holy Eucharist are the center of many Christian sects. Moreover, the idea…

Capt. Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr., of Washington, D.C., climbing into an Advanced Trainer. Tuskegee, Alabama. January 1942. Source: Wikimedia Commons

An ISIS side to America’s History?

February 24, 2015

President Obama’s prayer breakfast speech urging Christians and Americans to avoid a “high horse” before condemning Islamists in light of the Crusades and Jim Crow has provoked wider reflection on comparative national and cultural…

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Their Blood Confesses Christ

February 18, 2015

The world turns and the world changes, But one thing does not change. In all of my years, one thing does not change, However you disguise it, this thing does not change: The perpetual…

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Obama, Lincoln, and Niebuhr

February 13, 2015

There are numerous defenders of President Obama’s prayer breakfast appeal for Christians to not “get on our high horse” about criticizing Islamic violence and to recall the Crusades, Inquisition and American racial segregation. These…

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Traditional Marriage is More Exciting than 50 Shades of Grey

February 13, 2015

The St. Valentine’s Day release of the controversial film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey has been the latest flare up in the Culture Wars. Christians and cultural conservatives are weighing in on what…

Trinity Church in Manhattan where some members are putting pressure on Wal-Mart to discontinue selling certain guns. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Church and Gun Control

February 12, 2015

The Atlantic this week ran an article discussing the phenomena of church gun control activism. Much of the article examines Manhattan’s Trinity Church and its efforts to leverage its position as a very minor…

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Perpetual Peace

February 10, 2015

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” While watching snippets of the January 23-25 Interfaith Conference On Drone Warfare at Princeton Theological Seminary, I was intrigued by the…

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The President’s Breakfast Crusade

February 9, 2015

And what about those “foolish, historically illiterate” critics of his speech?

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Overcoming Evil

February 5, 2015

History is full of people and groups of people who, abandoning the instruction of the natural law or revealed truth, choose evil over good and wage war upon the weak and the just. Cain’s…

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Perpetrators of Sudan’s Genocide Invited to National Prayer Breakfast

February 4, 2015

Sudan’s foreign minister, a hardcore Islamist with a long history of orchestrating mass atrocities and other crimes against humanity, has been invited to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC on Thursday, February…