Immigration Reform 2.0: I Want to Believe

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When it comes to immigration reform, I want to believe. I really do.I want to believe that the latest efforts at immigration reform -- call it immigration reform 2.0 -- will actually do something to help the 5 million children trapped in limbo within our society. And since we just celebrated School Choice Week last week, we should note that most of them end up in the very worst schools.I want to believe that our political leaders might actually reach a solution that dismantles the labor … [Read more...]

School Choice Week: When Public Isn’t Public Anymore

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National School Choice Week 2013, which runs from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, shines a spotlight on the need for education opportunities for all. In only its third year, this bipartisan, grassroots effort features more than 3,500 events spanning all 50 states. This is a guest post from Dr. John Hamilton, Professor of Communication & Cinema at Azusa Pacific University, a Fellow at the Center for Cultural Leadership, and Executive Producer of Del Rey Communications ( … [Read more...]

Review: Why I Won’t be Watching “The Following”

I don't watch television often. I might -- might -- see one or two shows a week. My favs currently are The Mentalist, NCIS, NCIS LA --- you know, action, slight intrigue, a little mystery, but mostly adventure where you are reasonable certain the main characters will survive.I've watched Bones also --a least until it got weird with the whole Booth and Bones finally becoming a couple with a kid. I actually enjoyed the show that spun off it last year, The Finder before the untimely death of one o … [Read more...]

The Angel of the Lord Appeared, Armed with a Smoking AR-15

OK. Work with me here.As I was studying Scripture in preparation for a few posts on the hot topic of gun control, I began to come across quite a few verses that depicted the angel of the Lord as being armed and dangerous.My basic thinking was that, of course, guns do not appear in the Bible. So there will be no proof-texting for either side. But weapons certainly do appear. Often. And often in the hands of angels.No, not those Angels. Maybe we'll get back to the 1980s later. Cultural … [Read more...]

Roe v Wade at 40: I Have a Dream

This is a guest post from Dr. Brian Mattson, Senior Scholar of Public Theology for the Center for Cultural Leadership. Dr. Mattson also serves as faculty for the Alliance Defending Freedom's Blackstone Legal Fellowship. You can follow his blog Dead Reckoning or connect with him on Twitter and Facebook. I have a dream!That one day children will not be judged on their stage of development, but on their intrinsic dignity and value as image-bearers of God.Yesterday I posted on the Civil … [Read more...]

Inaugural Prayer: What I Wish Louie Giglio Had Said in His Statement

I have great respect for Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church.I was pleased to hear Giglio had been invited to pray at President Obama's Inauguration. I was not pleased to hear that he had been pressured into withdrawing from participating due to his having once expressed the implications of his Christian faith concerning homosexual behavior. Although I understand Louie Giglio's concerns about protests potentially distracting both from the Inauguration and his own ministry efforts, I … [Read more...]

Rush Limbaugh: “You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun.”

I didn't say it. Rush did. That's Rush Limbaugh for those on the left coast. You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun. ~ Rush Limbaugh, show archive, Jan. 16, 2013 I know some of you, even some of my friends here on the Evangelical portal here at Patheos won't like me saying it -- but Rush is right on this one. Lost amid all the clamor about gun control efforts to supposedly protect children is the fact that we brutally kill thousands of children every day via … [Read more...]

Will the Hobbit Inspire Your Own Unexpected Journey?

I confess it. I think I may be the only person left who has not seen Peter Jackson's latest rendition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tale The Hobbit.Usually I would be among the first at the theater. I made the midnight showing for The Return of the King -- the sound cutting out during the scenes in Mount Doom made it especially memorable. I've watched the DVD versions of The Lord of the Rings countless times with my children.I've read Tolkien's Middle Earth saga multiple times, even reading it … [Read more...]


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