The Dilemma of Christian Citizenship

As I, like you, watch Pakistan crumble, I pray for them and silently give thanks for the democratic tradition of our own country. We don’t suffer from coups. We don’t watch our political representatives come to blows on TV. Yes, we’ve got our problems, but I’ll take our problems any day. That said, I think […]

Politics, Cable News and Learning How to Witness

Mitt Romney the Mormon. Mike Huckabee the Southern Baptist. Barack Obama the United Church of Christ with Muslim relatives. Do people really care that much about religion? Hardly. The media should be ashamed of themselves (“media” is still plural for “medium,” which even people in the media seem largely to have forgotten) for all the […]

UnChristian

American Christianity needs a wake-up call and some new books are giving it. For example, find a copy of David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons’ book, UnChristian: What a new Generation Thinks about Christianity…and Why It Matters (and settle in for an old-fashioned trip to the ecclesial woodshed). It comes from research done among 16-29 year […]

A Church Leader’s Job

Here’s a thought that should terrorize every person who calls himself or herself a minister. Saint Augustine, toward the end of his Confessions, says, “To all officers of your ministry, who are necessary for perfecting the fathful in this life, you willed that by those same faithful, works fruitful for the life to come should […]

Religion and Science: Friends or Enemies?

I just read a book by the guy who directs the Human Genome Project. Francis Collins is a scientist of the highest order and he’s been working on one of the biggest and most important projects the world has seen in awhile. He has been a major player in mapping our DNA, which is encoded […]

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