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            March 8, 五福彩票6688下载

              Born in Simpler Times   March 16, 1967: That’s when I became a U.S. citizen. I didn’t enter the country五福彩票6688下载 after a long ocean voyage. I entered after a short trip through a birth canal. That makes me special. That means I didn’t have to do anything to earn my freedoms here. They are my birthright because I won a race to an egg that happened to be inside an American woman.   But it’s more than that. In… Read more

            March 5, 五福彩票6688下载

            Political division is nothing new. We’ve been a divided nation since Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson began to bicker in George Washington’s cabinet meetings and planted the seeds of our first two political parties. Some political division is healthy in a Democratic Republic; it assures a platform for other ideas and keeps us from running off too far in one direction. But something has changed. Today, we’ve become a nation of cannibals as we continually eat our own. Yes, Republicans… Read more

            February 24, 五福彩票6688下载

              Bernie Sanders’ campaign seems to be picking up momentum. Before I go on, let me say that Bernie isn’t my first choice among the Democrats, but I’m not scared of him like a lot of people are. Sanders is certainly a polarizing figure, even among Democrats and especially among Christians. Sanders’ biggest support base seems to be the younger voters. I think it’s great that he has captured the imaginations of a generation of young adults who otherwise tend… Read more

            February 12, 五福彩票6688下载

            Believe me, I’m as guilty as anyone on either side of our current civil war of getting completely transfixed with doing my part to win it. It just kind of comes with the territory of caring about your country五福彩票6688下载, I guess. We are all concerned with the question; who will win the war? But from time to time, I touch base with another question that is at least as important, if not the most important: Who’s going to win the… Read more

            February 5, 五福彩票6688下载

            On any given day, I probably get asked at least once or twice, “how are you?” My answer is always the same, and it is an automatic response, “I’m doin’ ok.” I must confess, for quite a while now, my response has been a lie. I’m not ok. I’m pretty damn far from ok, actually. I’m not lying on purpose. Saying “I’m doin’ ok” is as involuntary as a heartbeat or taking a breath, it just comes out as a… Read more

            February 3, 五福彩票6688下载

            It was all over my social media feed last night. I saw dozens of conservative Christians up in arms about the sexually suggestive nature of the halftime performances of Shakira and J.Lo. I saw the halftime show and, in my opinion, it was fairly tame. Yes, the singers and the dancers wore skimpy outfits and yes, the dances were, at times, somewhat suggestive. However, none of it was over-the-top. It was no different than a performance you might see on… Read more

            January 30, 五福彩票6688下载

            It’s been a weird week in conservative Christendom. We saw pastor Rodney Howard-Browne step up and claim that Jesus Christ would take a whip and “beat the crap out of” former National Security Advisor John Bolton for blowing the whistle on the president. We’ve seen Pastor Howard-Browne before; he was one of those who gathered in the Oval Office for the beautifully awkward photo-op where all the spiritual leaders laid hands on the president in prayer. Howard-Browne’s insistence showed very… Read more

            January 24, 五福彩票6688下载

            When asked about my stance on abortion as a Progressive Christian, my general response is that I’m an anti-abortion/pro-choicer. Perhaps that’s cheating a little, but I think it’s a crucial distinction that too often gets disregarded in the heated political arguments about the subject. I hate abortion. I don’t know anyone who likes abortion. I think we all wish nobody ever had to face that decision. But we can’t change the real world. The matter comes down to whether we… Read more

            January 20, 五福彩票6688下载

            A good friend of mine shared a Martin Luther King Jr. quote on his Facebook page today. It’s one of my favorites and it perfectly dovetails with what’s been on my mind the last couple days. Here is that quote: “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” -Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. King made that… Read more

            January 14, 五福彩票6688下载

            I think I’ve finally reached a tipping point. I’ve been trying to find ways to reconcile my convictions about what it means to be a Christian with the kinds of political policies I’ve seen my more conservative Christian friends supporting for the last three years and I’m growing quite weary of it. It is an exercise in frustration and a pathway to depression. How could we have drifted so far apart in our understanding of the example Christ left for… Read more

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