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The Year in Review/ Most Read Posts

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December 26, 2019 — As a “Year in Review” piece I thought I would share with you the five most read and “shared” of my blogs of the past year. I’ll take them in the old Letterman style, though limiting it to the top 5 instead of the top 10. In this post, I will countdown from 5 to... Read More

A Few Thoughts on Gifts and Gift-Giving

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December 22, 2019 — I’ve been thinking about gifts and Christmas presents, which is pretty natural — if not unavoidable — at this time of year. One of the things I have both experienced and observed is that a sense of disappointment seems almost always to shadow these rituals. No matter how large the mountain of gifts beneath the... Read More

Leading Evangelical Magazine Calls for Trump’s Removal

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December 20, 2019 — This is significant. The magazine, Christianity Today, founded by Billy Graham in 1956 and the leading magazine of evangelical Christianity, has done something it doesn’t often do: address current politics. Moreover, it has taken a position that puts it at odds with the majority of white evangelicals. CT has said Trump must go. Here’s CT... Read More

Praying for the President

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December 18, 2019 — Yesterday Donald Trump sent a letter to House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, in which — among other things — he accused her of lying when she said that she, “prays for the President all the time.” Trump wrote in yesterday’s letter, “Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually... Read More

Is Impeachment DOA?

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December 16, 2019 — Two wise, older political writers that I pay attention to are Elizabeth Drew and Peggy Noonan. Drew covered the Watergate hearings and impeachment for The New Yorker and often appeared on PBS. She now appears occasionally in the pages of New York Times. Peggy Noonan was a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan. Her weekly commentary appears in the... Read More

A Sweet Thing

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December 15, 2019 — A dear friend showed up for dinner the other evening with a twinkle in her eye and a surprise in her bag. “Look at this,” she said. She pulled out a printed copy of one of my sermons. It was dated 1995. We did not know each other then. In fact, we did not meet... Read More

Immigration: A Different Perspective

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December 12, 2019 — As I read Tom Edsall’s most recent column on voter attitudes about immigration I recalled an earlier piece by Andrew Sullivan at New York magazine.  Both Edsall and Sullivan draw from the work of London based scholar, Eric Kaufmann, a Hong Kong born Canadian and author of Whiteshift.  Edsall quotes Kaufmann, “Immigration attitudes are the fulcrum... Read More

When Doubts Assail: Some Advent Musings

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December 10, 2019 — For those following the Advent texts of the Common Lectionary, this is the second week of a focus on John the Baptist. That said, this week, from Matthew 11, couldn’t be more different than last week. Last week, John had taken up his post in the wilderness, called all people to a baptism of repentance... Read More

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