Stephen Colbert Roasts the Pope

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Stephen Colbert, who (when in character) calls himself America’s most famous Catholic, spoke at the Al Smith Dinner last month. Colbert, who maintains a friendship with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, brought his usual irreverent humor for the crowd, including a few zingers for the Pope. Here’s hoping that one difference between Pope Francis and his predecessor [Read More...]

Negligent Parents, Lawbreaking Kids: Stunning Article on Parental Accountability

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LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for CNN, and this week’s entry was stunning. Granderson laments the lack of accountability for the parents of children who commit horrible, unspeakable crimes. He begins, “A detail in the fatal shooting of 14-year-old Shaaliver Douse by a New York Police Department officer earlier this month has been stopping [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that when I’m trying to write – blog posts, articles, books, sermons – I typically have to be in a place that has some energy and activity. Sitting alone at my desk in my office almost never does it for me. Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time at Panera. Summertime [Read More...]

Brent Strawn on CNN – The Bible on Dealing with Grief

Brent Strawn was on CNN yesterday talking about the Bible’s view on how to deal with grief. Last year I attended the Earle Lectures on Biblical Literature with Brent Strawn from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Strawn is an Old Testament scholar and the lectures were amazing. I got to meet him and [Read More...]

Franklin Graham Appears on CNN’s Belief Blog: How Much Damage Has He Done?

Reuters reported Monday that political watchdog and secularist groups are asking for an investigation into the political involvement of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association during the 2012 election. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics filed a complaint with the IRS asking them to review tax exempt status for the BGEA. Franklin has taken a lot of [Read More...]

What’s Going On With Billy Graham (And Franklin)?

I’ve read a lot about the political involvement of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Over the years Graham has played only a minor role in politics. He has even expressed remorse about the times he became overly involved (for instance supporting Richard Nixon before he went to jail). Graham was sort of a church elder [Read More...]


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