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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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Justice and Consolation

February 4, 2015

It is easy in an age of ready information and instant communication to become overcome by the injustice of the world. It is only human to be dismayed by those injustices and to wish…


What We’re Really Saying

August 1, 2014

What evacuees fail to realize is that religion is inescapable if faith is to be in the plural. Religio (“to bind [together]”) is what happens when a faith is shared in common, across space and time.


Is Your Church Really A Community?

June 21, 2014

A family is how the Epistles describe the Early Church: they spent time together, ate together, got to know one another, learned from each other, were vulnerable and open to each other…


A Tale of Two Easters: Remembrance and Forgetfulness of God

April 22, 2014

What is Easter without Christ’s Resurrection? It is nothing. Pascha without the solemn and profound beauty of remembering, affirming, and participating in the theological, historical and existential reality of the Lord’s Resurrection is nothing.

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Millennial Evangelicals and Their Future Social Witness

April 21, 2014

“If your only significant act of public square proclamation is a sneering disavowal of Jerry Falwell, you’re doing it wrong,” Strachan wrote.


SYMPOSIUM: Recognizing the Real and Good

April 8, 2014

The Church’s teaching on sexuality and marriage is an assent to the world.


SYMPOSIUM: Why Churches That Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Attract Young Christians Students Like Me

April 5, 2014

Research has shown that while the rest of the U.S. has become more accepting of same-sex marriage, Evangelicals have stood firm in their convictions and this is true for older as well as for younger Evangelicals.

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You Must Learn How to Pray

March 26, 2014

Man must be taught how to pray. While he always worships, he does not naturally know how to pray.

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Bishop Thomas Ken: a Case of Theological and Political Integrity

March 24, 2014

The glow of Thomas Ken’s life causes us to long for ecclesiastical figures of such tremendous discernment and integrity as we enter an era no less confusing and fractious as the good bishop’s. May church leaders who interact with the government show such upright character, no matter the cost. As Bishop Ken proves, the price tag for ethical stands is rarely cheap.

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Rebuilding and Defending United Methodism Today – Part 3 of 9: Oriented for Conversion

December 12, 2013

How and why our churches must be strategically structured to promote personal conversion. Part 3 of 9 from UM Action Director John Lomperis’s recent “Rebuilding and Defending United Methodism Today” speech.

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Rebuilding and Defending United Methodism Today – Part 2 of 9: Biblical Groundedness

December 11, 2013

Practical, systematic strategies for how United Methodist congregations can combat the famine of biblical illiteracy plaguing the United Methodist Church. Part 2 of 9 from UM Action Director John Lomperis’s recent “Rebuilding and Defending United Methodism Today” speech.