The GOP’s Syrian Overreactions and Isolationism post-Paris

Paris is arguably the most romantic city on the planet. With its impressionist art, royal architecture, relaxed daily life and world-class cuisine, the City of Light seduces you with its charm and beauty. I would know because I was just there 11 days ago. My wife and I were hired to document a wedding this month, while [Read More...]

A Better Politics: Modeling Civility, Embracing Difference

Toward the end of President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address last week unexpected applause prompted the President to improvise. After declaring “I have no more campaigns to run,” much to the delight of some Members of Congress, the President grinned, and reminded the audience why: “I know, because I won both of them.” I [Read More...]

Why Romney Lost, & How Dems Can Keep Winning: Part 1

Obama won because Republican values are just anathema to most Americans. But he also won because voters knew Obama understood them and would put them first…they trusted him to figure out the best course forward for our country and do what was right for their families. Here’s why: [Read more...]

Does God Want Obama to Win?

If you’re Romney right now, you’ve got to be cursing your luck. You’re in a neck-and-neck race the week before the election…and then wham: another “Act of God” throws all your plans out the window. It’s almost enough to let you empathize with those “takers” (as your running mate would call them) who lost everything in this storm…almost. [Read more...]

Buttprints in the Sand: Christians & The Role of Government

I adapted the more famous version of this poem for a sermon a few years back, and it seemed like a good (and hopefully fun) anchor for a post on the role of Church and Government and factors Christians should weigh when voting and picking political sides: One night I had a wondrous dream Two [Read More...]

On the Campaign Trail: Faith Outreach with Obama for America

Our nation has always been well-served when people of faith carry their convictions with them into the public square for the common good. For President Obama, civic engagement – one motivated not by a pursuit of power, but by the values we hold as beneficial for individuals, family and society – is more than a call for citizenship. It’s a requirement of a fully-lived faith. [Read more...]

Voting on Faith

Voting these days is an act of faith. We take the time to go to a polling station and cast a ballot even though we know our vote won’t affect the outcome of the election. And even if it did, our political system is so broken that fundamental change often seems unlikely anyway. We Americans [Read More...]

Jesus Doesn’t Care or Why Liberals Need Christ

without Jesus this progressive narrative can become self-defeating because it perpetuates the argument that we should judge people based on the value of their work and not their value as the image of Christ. An appeal to fairness is a good argument to make in a pluralistic or secular setting. It’s a good standard for determining public policy, and it’ll win elections. But for Christians it can be the be-all-and-end-all. [Read more...]

Why Big Bird Matters

Romney wanted to show he wasn’t heartless–that he was one of us and understood kids–by saying he loved Big Bird. But the fact that he made that statement at the same time that he said he planned to cut all funding to PBS and the programs that allow Big Bird to exist communicated the complete opposite. in an effort to show he was human, he’s smiled as he’s said he’d end Big Bird. And it matters because Romney’s biggest liability is that he can’t relate. Voters don’t trust him or believe he will care about them. [Read more...]

Debate Debrief: Romney vs. The Truth

Wondering how to talk about last night’s debate?  We’ve already had some great discussion about it over on FD’s facebook wall.  Message Matters has also now put out these great talking point.  FD’s own Eric Sapp (@SappEric) is one of the lead editors on this daily messaging memo. Debate Debrief: Romney vs. The Truth We [Read More...]