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Living Memory – A Mother’s Day Reflection

I've published pieces from time to time by my friend Mark Goldblatt, a professor and novelist whose work I've enjoyed. I'm very pleased to publish this story and reflection for Mother's Day from Mark: *Living Memory By Mark GoldblattOn May 15th 1944, the front page of the New York Times carried a brief dispatch from the war in Europe. It told the story of an American B-17, on a bombing run over Laon, France, that was struck by a bomb accidentally released by another American plane fly … [Read More...]

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The First Biologist, in the Garden of Eden

Hello everyone. It's been a while since I've published here regularly, but I look forward to getting started again. The creative agency I launched, Polymath Innovations, has expanded dramatically and we've had many wonderful clients and projects. At an Oxford event last year, we worked with BioLogos to develop videos now housed at Patheos here -- be sure to check out the feature. I'll especially include this video, since it relates to the guest post below: And with that, I'd like to welcome our … [Read More...]

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Suffering Through the Prism of Faith

It's always a pleasure to host a guest post from the esteemed Peter Wehner, former deputy assistant to President Bush and current fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. It's been some time since I've published regular pieces myself, but I expect to resume regular posting soon. In the meantime, enjoy Mr Wehner's reflections on one of the topics that's always stood at the center of my own writing and scholarship: human suffering and its complex relationship to divine a … [Read More...]

The Secularization of Suicide: Guarding the Elevators

It's a pleasure for me to publish this piece from Dr. Jerry Pattengale, who is University Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University as well as the Director of the Green Scholars Initiative. Jerry is a kind of academic entrepreneur, an innovator and developer of new learning approaches and ventures. *The Secularization of Suicide By Jerry Pattengale“Frequent Flyers” has taken on … [Read More...]

Ann Coulter’s Absurd Defense

Peter Wehner wrote an excellent response to Ann Coulter's recent column on Dr. Kent Brantly. Ms. Coulter responded, in turn. So I'm very pleased to present Mr. Wehner's reply here. * Ann Coulter’s Absurd DefenseAnn Coulter has responded to my criticism of her, as well as to those made by Russell Moore and Alan Cross. I’ll let Messrs. Moore and Cross answer for themselves, if they so … [Read More...]

Ann Coulter’s Casual Cruelty

Editor's Note: I am grateful now as always for a guest post from my esteemed friend, Peter Wehner. *In her most recent column, “Ebola’s Doc’s Condition Downgraded to ‘Idiotic’”, Ann Coulter mocks Dr. Kent Brantly.Dr. Brantly is a family practice physician who was serving in Liberia through a Samaritan’s Purse program before joining a medical team responding to the Ebola crisis … [Read More...]

Always ‘In the Hunt’

An inspiring guest post by a writer I respect and enjoy reading - Timothy Dalrymple  * By Marta Hummel MossburgRowing is not a sport for our times. In an age where even the president thinks it’s OK to snap a selfie at a funeral, the concept of finding oneself through losing oneself is oxymoronic.But as rowers know, the transcendence that comes from pushing your legs and your ba … [Read More...]

Applying to Medical School at 54

I think my readers will find this article interesting - Timothy Dalrymple * By Ghent Lummis as told to Marta Hummel Mossburg “Ghent,” said my Guardian Angel at a recovery meeting, “I want you to become a doctor.”I was 50 and immediately reacted, saying, “I can’t become a doctor! It’s too late!” The Angel replied, “Ghent, you are still a young man and the world doe … [Read More...]

Michael Gerson: Looking Back on a Decade of PEPFAR

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. We are holding this conversation in collaboration with the ONE Campaign. Read more about the ONE Campaign and their work fighting extreme poverty and AIDS at their website — and read other perspectives from the Evangelical community here. * ONE Fellow Michael Gerson reflects o … [Read More...]

Faint Praise for PEPFAR

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Evangelical community here.   * By Warren Cole SmithWe have passed the 10-year mark for PEPFAR – the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  The effort has so far spent more than $15-billion to help reduce AIDS, and given the size of t … [Read More...]

The American Church and Global AIDS over the Last Decade: An Untold Story

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. In collaboration with the ONE Campaign, the Evangelical Channel is focusing on evangelical responses to the AIDS crisis. Read other perspectives from the Evangelical community here.  By Tom WalshAs the AIDS crisis landed on Africa with its full, crushing weight in the 19 … [Read More...]

Daniel’s Story: Genesis of the US Government’s AIDS Relief in Africa

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. In collaboration with the ONE Campaign, the Evangelical Channel is focusing on evangelical responses to the AIDS crisis. Read other perspectives from the Evangelical community here.  By Jay Hein, author of The Quiet RevolutionDr. Joseph Mamlin had perfected the balance b … [Read More...]

My HIV+ Little Brother

Editors' Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. In collaboration with the ONE Campaign, the Evangelical Channel is focusing on evangelical responses to the AIDS crisis. Read other perspectives from the Evangelical community here.  *My little brother is HIV+.  My precious, joyful, kind-hearted 11-year-old little brot … [Read More...]

Christian Faith and the AIDS Crisis

Editors' Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. We are holding this conversation in collaboration with the ONE Campaign. Read more about the ONE Campaign and their work fighting extreme poverty and AIDS at their website -- and read other perspectives from the Evangelical community here. I'm grateful for the perspective of Pe … [Read More...]

The Rings of the Lord

By Robert CrosbyJesus had an inner circle. The Bible offers plenty of examples. As a matter of fact, he had several circles or rings of relationship around him.When the mother of James and John asked Jesus to allow her sons to enter one of those rings, he did not deny her request. However, he did ask them an important question: “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” (Matt. 2 … [Read More...]


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