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Evangelicals Squander Their Moral Authority By Sticking With Trump

September 17th, 2017
In the wake of President Trump’s waffling on white supremacy, his supporters and advisers have abandoned him in droves. After a wave of prominent CEOs defected from the president’s Manufacturing Council and Strategy & Policy Forum, Trump decided to disband both. On Friday morning, the entire President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigned. As their joint letter [...]
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The Rise And Fall Of The Christian Bookstore

September 17th, 2017
Back in the 1990s, it often seemed that every city and town in America had a strip mall with a Christian bookstore where you could purchase WWJD bracelets and enough devotional books to fill up the Ark of the Covenant. But today, these Christian bookstores are a dying breed. Indeed, it seems we are fast [...]
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Is God Boosting Stephen Colbert’s Ratings?

September 17th, 2017
Before 2017, Jimmy Fallon dominated Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel in the late night talk show ratings wars. But Colbert has since emerged as the victor, besting his rivals in overall viewership for the recently concluded 2016-2017 season. Colbert ended the September-to-May season with an average of 3.19 million nightly viewers, compared to Fallon’s 3.17 million and [...]
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What Is The ‘Enneagram,’ And Why Are Christians Suddenly So Enamored By It?

September 12th, 2017
A personality typing system has been quietly infiltrating Christian communities for the last quarter-century. But some believers may be excused for their skepticism. After all, the “Enneagram” is an ancient system of unknown origin with a strange name. It is replete with sacred language, but is not explicitly Christian in orientation. It centers on nine [...]
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Take A Deep Breath. The Nashville Statement Won’t Change Anything

September 4th, 2017
(RNS) — There is a way for conservative Christians to make a strong, winsome case for traditional views of sexuality and gender. Unfortunately, the Nashville Statement isn’t it. This week, a group of prominent evangelicals released a “Christian manifesto,” which argued that LGBT people who embrace their sexual or gender identity are living in sin. The statement [...]
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Brian Zahnd: No, God Didn’t Command Genocide In The Old Testament

September 4th, 2017
The following is an adaptation from “Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God.” I have decided to feature it here because it was one of the most profound and readable theological reflections that I’ve encountered in my life. I highly recommend that you order it.  Even a casual reader of the Bible notices that between [...]
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The Rise And Fall Of The Christian Bookstore

September 4th, 2017
Back in the 1990s, it often seemed that every city and town in America had a strip mall with a Christian bookstore where you could purchase WWJD bracelets and enough devotional books to fill up the Ark of the Covenant. But today, these Christian bookstores are a dying breed. Indeed, it seems we are fast [...]
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Is God Boosting Stephen Colbert’s Ratings?

September 4th, 2017
Before 2017, Jimmy Fallon dominated Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel in the late night talk show ratings wars. But Colbert has since emerged as the victor, besting his rivals in overall viewership for the recently concluded 2016-2017 season. Colbert ended the September-to-May season with an average of 3.19 million nightly viewers, compared to Fallon’s 3.17 million and [...]
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Flaming Hypocrisy In Evangelical Disney Boycott

September 4th, 2017
When it was announced last week that Disney’s forthcoming Beauty and the Beast film would feature the company’s first gay character, many responded with singing and dancing. But some conservative Christians have opted for sackcloth and ashes. Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham and a lightning rod of controversy himself, tweeted that while Disney has the right to control the content [...]
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Why Christians Can Stay Hopeful In This Time Of Political Darkness

August 27th, 2017
(RNS) — Seventy percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the way things are going in the United States at this time,” according to a Gallup poll. This presumably includes a large number of Christians — a group of people who claim to have reasons to hope no matter how dismal the moment. Christian hope, of course, is [...]
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Evangelicals, Trump And The Politics Of Redemption

August 15th, 2017
Jonathan Merritt, who writes On Faith & Culture for RNS, invited Peter Wehner — senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing op-ed writer at The New York Times — to write this guest column on his blog. (RNS) — We’re at a hinge moment in the public witness of American Christianity. The evangelical Christian [...]
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Eugene Peterson Had This To Say About Same-Sex Issues In 2014

July 26th, 2017
One of the pastors I spoke with about Eugene Peterson is Fred Harrell, pastor of City Church in San Francisco. He attended a conference in 2014 in which Peterson shares insights that are interesting in light of recent events. Below is the video of the Q and A with Peterson at Western Seminary. Around the 2:23 [...]
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Eugene Peterson Backtracks On Same-Sex Marriage

July 26th, 2017
(RNS) — “The Message” author Eugene Peterson says he regrets telling me he would officiate a same-sex wedding if asked to do so today by a gay couple who were “Christians of good faith.” “On further reflection and prayer, I would like to retract that,” the evangelical author said in a statement. Since we published [...]
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Eugene Peterson On Changing His Mind About Same-Sex Issues And Marriage

July 26th, 2017
When a journalist has a chance to interview a paragon of the Christian faith like Eugene Peterson, there’s a lot of pressure to pick the perfect questions. I’d asked him about why he was leaving the public eye and if he was afraid of death. I’d asked him about Donald Trump and the state of American Christianity. But there was one [...]
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Eugene Peterson On Donald Trump And The State Of American Christianity

July 26th, 2017
During the last election cycle, prominent Christians of all stripes voiced their opinions about the American political landscape. Eugene Peterson, however, did not speak out at that time. Perhaps this is because the 84-year-old was busy finishing his final book, “As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words [...]
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