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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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Free Speech, Humble Speech

January 24, 2015

The book of Proverbs says, “Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath” and warns, “Do not be wise in thine own eyes.” There is a danger in…

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Before the March for Life, United Methodist Theologian Reminds That Life is Luminous

January 23, 2015

The following is the transcript of a sermon delivered by Dr. Edgardo A. Colón-Emeric Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at Duke University Divinity School. It was preached during the Annual Lifewatch Worship Service on the morning…

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Up From Superficial Christian Compassion

January 9, 2015

Reflections on Christian social justice and eternity

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The Lesson of Father Gleb

January 9, 2015

Today there are “Father Glebs” in Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan, and elsewhere, self-sacrificially speaking out for the persecuted. When they hear these voices, does the Western Church care?

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Dean of Duke Divinity School Affirms Divinity of Jesus in New Book

January 9, 2015

In an interview by Westminster Theological Centre,  Richard B. Hays, Dean and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, talked about his recent book Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the…

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Christians Should Just Die Already

December 19, 2014

Yesterday I read the following poem on death entitled “Moriturus” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. If I could have Two things in one: The peace of the grave, And the light of the sun;…

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On Atheist Billboards

December 16, 2014

The Freedom from Religion Foundation just unveiled its series of billboards trying to put a friendly face on atheism. One of them  features atheist blogger Hemant Mehta whose billboard reads “I’d rather put my faith in me.”…

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How American Evangelicals Are NOT Following New Testament Christianity

December 8, 2014

Much more than a single article could be written detailing all the ways in which American evangelical Protestantism looks very different from the early church. Certainly not all of the developments in our external circumstances…

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United Methodist Failures with Young People

August 7, 2014

An important review of how much of United Methodism’s youth and young-adult ministry is failing.

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Millions are Suffering and Sojourners Doesn’t Care

November 8, 2013

Edie Sundby has cancer. She has the kind of cancer where the five year survival rate is only 2%.  She’s among those 2%.  Her health insurance company has spent over a million dollars to…

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Speakers Warn Against “Entrenched” Positions of “Conservative White Men” at Evangelical Conference

July 17, 2013

Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) gathered July 12 – 14 to celebrate the retirement of their founder and president, Dr. Ron Sider, the installation of two new co-presidents, and the organization’s 40 year anniversary at Eastern University near Philadelphia, PA.