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Inside the Evangelical Mind, Part 2

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December 7, 2019 — A week or so ago I drew from the newsletter, The French Press. Its creator, David French is devoting his Sunday blogs to helping secularists understand religionists, in particular evangelical Christians. His most recent topic was “The Lord Hath Chosen . . . Donald Trump?” French takes up the contention voiced by some evangelicals and some... Read More

X Factor in Impeachment and 2,000

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December 5, 2019 — Impeachment Update I may be becoming an impeachment addict. I don’t watch the hearings, except for what’s on while I’m plugging along on some machine at the gym or highlights broadcast on the Newshour program. But I do follow news reports closely and noticed something approximating withdrawal, on my part, after the first set of... Read More

Hats Off to Chris Petersen

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December 3, 2019 — The collegiate football world is in shock at Chris Petersen’s departure from his job as head coach at the University of Washington. It’s a “plum job,” right? Turns out those plums can be bitter. What’s really shocking, if not surprising, is that more people in these types of positions don’t do what Petersen has done.... Read More

John the Baptist: An Advent Palate Cleanser

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December 3, 2019 — If you are preaching on, or listening to, the traditional texts of Advent, this Sunday (Advent II) brings you to John the Baptist. Which, or who, is a sure sign of Advent’s dissonance. John, the angular prophet who takes his stand in the desert, calls, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” John... Read More

Bear One Another’s Weaknesses

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November 30, 2019 — Words from a prayer that I often used to begin a marriage service have been running through my mind of late. Those lines included words praying that the couple might, “Accept one another’s differences, bear one another’s weaknesses, and so to live together that their love may allow life’s deepest mysteries to be revealed to... Read More

Inside the Evangelical Mind

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November 25, 2019 — One of the sources of great consternation for a good many mainline and liberal Christians is the support for Donald Trump of Evangelical Christians. What explains it? Another angle on all this might be put this way: Why won’t explicitly Christian Pete Buttigieg cut into Trump’s Evangelical support? Answer — partly that he’s gay, but... Read More

Thanksgiving and Beyond (Advent)

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November 23, 2019 — The Thanksgiving Holiday is quite late this year, on November 28. So “the holidays” will come roaring at us soon after — if they haven’t already. But let’s look beyond Thanksgiving to the new church year and the first season of that year, Advent. In what follows, I have preachers and worship leaders in mind,... Read More

Two Thoughts about Impeachment and One about the Democratic Debate

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November 21, 2019 — Quite a week  in the House Impeachment Inquiry. I have a couple thoughts about what we’ve been witnessing and hearing, and then one about last night’s Democratic Debate. First, the good news. I am finding those who have testified, from Kent and Taylor last week to Hill and Holmes today not just to be revealing... Read More

What Do Hong Kong and Seattle’s Central Area Have in Common?

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November 19, 2019 — I had just finished watching “On the Brink,” an hour long documentary on KCTS about Seattle’s Central Area, when I turned to this article on the protests in Hong Kong. What the Christian Science Monitor article on Hong Kong argues is that the protests there aren’t just about “freedom” as an abstract idea or even... Read More

Two Kinds of Churches

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November 17, 2019 — Someone said that there are two kinds of people in the world: those that think there are “two kinds,” and those that don’t. For the most part, I land in the latter camp. We are all of us a mix of saint and sinner. But every now and then a “two-kinds” framework can be useful... Read More