Transcript From the Second Presidential Debate: Obama v. Romney at Hofstra University

CANDY CROWLEY, MODERATOR: Good evening from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. I’m Candy Crowley from CNN’s “State of the Union.” We are here for the second presidential debate, a town hall, sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. CROWLEY: The Gallup organization chose 82 uncommitted voters from the New York area. Their questions will [Read More...]

Carrying Christianity Beyond Left and Right: Does A Candidates Faith Matter?

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Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith is an awkward issue for some evangelicals who are uncomfortable with the thought of a Mormon candidate. In response to questions about his involvement in the Mormon Church, Romney famously stated, “I’m not a spokesman for my church.” No doubt the Democrats have been puzzled as the Christian Right [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I started The Instructions by Adam Levin but never finished it. I loved every bit of it for the first fifty pages, but was put off by its length (1019 pages). I’m not sure I want to invest that kind of time in the book right now. I confess that money cannot [Read More...]

What Did We Learn from the Vice Presidential Debate?

Vice-presidential debates rarely move the race at the top of the ticket in any significant way. When the dust settles after last night’s debate I suspect this will be the case. I thought both participants did an excellent job of articulating their position. I was not put off by Biden’s reactions to Ryan. I was [Read More...]

2012 Vice Presidential Debate Transcript

Vice President Joe Biden – D Representative Paul Ryan – R Martha Raddatz – Moderator RADDATZ: Good evening, and welcome to the first and only vice presidential debate of 2012, sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. I’m Martha Raddatz of ABC News, and I am honored to moderate this debate between two men who [Read More...]

Meeting the Demands of a New Generation of Christian Leaders

I’ve got a new article up at The Huffington Post called, Meeting the Demands of a New Generation of Christian Leaders. I hope you’ll give it a quick read & help me put the word out about it by sharing it on Facebook, etc. It’s about some of the work friend Chris Jehle is doing. Chris is the [Read More...]

Tuesdays With Walter Part 05 – Church Leaders are Masters of Implementation Without Imagination

This is Part 05 of a series on  Walter Brueggemann’s The Prophetic Imagination. It is an attempt to show how theological works are great sources for leadership reflection. If you want to catch up here are links to: Part 01, Part 02, Part 03, Part 04 Part 05: What Walter Brueggemann envisions for a prophetic [Read More...]

What Religion are You? The Growing “none” Category

Slate had an interesting article up today, One-Fifth of Americans Now Religiously Unaffiliated.  The data It is based on Pew Research data: “…tracking the so-called religious “nones,” a group that’s increased by 5 percentage points in the past five years—and roughly 10 points in the past two decades—to 19.6 percent of all Americans, or about [Read More...]

Where is Heaven?

In the faith section of our Kansas City Star this weekend was an interesting article asking local pastors to weigh in on their thoughts about heaven. The results were quite interesting. Surveys tell us that somewhere around 80% of Americans believe in a real place called heaven. Where is Heaven? The pastors from KC weighed [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional – Birthday Edition

I confess today is my birthday – I was born in 1969 which makes me 43. I confess that 43 doesn’t feel as old as it sounded when I was young. I confess that I am attempting to reduce the number of exclamation points I use while writing. When I’m writing books, articles, or for [Read More...]