Jesus was a highly respected teacher of morality and of the spiritual life. So, logically enough,...Read More
In January of 2008 Barack Obama gave a powerful speech (sermon) on the meaning of Martin Luther King Jr. for America today. This was at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where King was raised and his father was the pastor....Read More
Here’s Obama on the significance of the Gospel: In an interview with Christianity Today magazine, Obama said this about his decision to accept Christ, What was intellectual and what was emotional joined, and the belief in...Read More
Did you see the recent comment from “Donna”? It stirred me up! Come on people! Christian integrity and humility should compel you to allow that those who voted for Obama are NOT thereby proven to be ignorant or...Read More
Scary Email I received an anonymous forwarded email the other day that combined a bit of good spiritual advice with a lot of classic Republico-Christian fear-mongering. Actually, it wasn’t totally anonymous. It was signed...Read More
How does “the world” see us? Recently I wrote about David Kinnaman’s treatment of that in his book, unChristian, based on an extensive research project by The Barna Group. Remember, Kinnaman is writing from...Read More
The Barna Group exists to provide statistical information to Christian churches and ministries, to be a catalyst in moral and spiritual transformation in the United States. We accomplish these outcomes by providing vision,...Read More
Not long ago I heard a minister say, from the pulpit on Sunday morning, that recently he had to stop listening to “talk radio.” It was filling him with a hateful spirit. Luke 6:27,28 “But I tell you who hear...Read More
Here are excerpts from a letter JeanValJean posted in a comment. See the full letter here. If you want to tout your own morality, you’d best come up with something more substantive than your heterosexuality.I am the mother...Read More
This is a frightening idea, and probably quite true. From a 17th century French theologian, philosopher, scientist and mathematician. Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction....Read More
Here’s a quote from the next page of Sin and Society. As society grows complex, it can be harmed in more ways. Those who rack and rend this social order do worse than hurt particular individuals; they wound society itself....Read More
A friend sent me this quote from the book Sin and Society by Edward Alsworth Ross, published in 1907 (with forward by Theodore Roosevelt!). (Ross was in Madison, Wisconson, where he would finish out his career, but he had just...Read More
(Yesterday afternoon Connie and I were discussing how many more troops would be necessary to fulfill the administration’s apparent desire to dominate the world. We thought it interesting how a need for (low-paying) jobs...Read More
(Here’s a comment recently added to A Lament for the American Church. It speaks for itself.) Thank you for finally putting into words what I have been feeling all along! I have often wondered if it was just me that saw all...Read More
Many (not all) Christians and conservatives lie to me regularly in their emails and other communications. Many (not all) secularists and liberals tell me the truth and try to avoid manipulating me. Who should I believe? The...Read More
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to...Read More
This is from a recent comment by that prolific, caring, and intelligent frequent reader of this site: “visitor.” If you know “visitor” please pass along our thanks. Is there a sincere Christian who can...Read More
(Admin comment.)In the permutations of this site structure over the last 9 years I have lost the usernames of some guest contributors and some commenters. That saddens me. And I apologize to them and to visitors who read those...Read More
Here’s a comment Tammy posted the other day — reprinted here with her permission. Although the views of conservative Christians mentioned in your article may not be indicative of EVERY conservative Christian, there...Read More
Where Christianity fails to become local it perishes. Where it finds local expression, does not enslave but liberates, it thrives.~J FlettTweet
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