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The Intriguing “Saffron Cross” by J. Dana Trent

by Laurel Woolcott Dalrymple In my few travels to other lands, Hindu India has always struck me as a place where spirituality is in the air; it is almost palpable, in way that is unique to it, and unusual to the West. Reading Saffron Cross brought this feeling back to me in a powerful way. The book is J. Dana Trent's recounting of her interfaith marriage to a western man who is a very devout Hindu, and a former monk. Trent herself is an ordained Baptist minister. Of course, by the … [Read More...]

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Understanding a More Religious and Assertive Russia

A very important and informative article by my friend Mark Tooley.  * By Mark Tooley In his widely analyzed March 18 speech to the Russian Parliament, Putin cited the baptism of Vladimir the Great over 1000 years ago in Crimea as the seminal event binding Ukraine and Russia. That baptism is considered the birth of Russian Orthodoxy. Orthodox faith has been key to Moscow's historic self conceived role as defender of all Russians, of Slavs, and of Orthodox, wherever they are. Putin has … [Read More...]

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Where Franklin Graham Has Gone Wrong

I'm always pleased to publish a post by the esteemed Peter Wehner.  * By Peter Wehner The evangelist Franklin Graham had quite a run last week. In interviews and statements, he praised Russian president Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay policies. “I agreed with Putin. I think protecting his nation’s children, I think, was a pretty smart thing to do,” Graham told the Charlotte Observer’s Tim Funk. “I was very clear. I supported Putin in his decision to protect his nation’s … [Read More...]

The Right Lesson to Learn from the World Vision Kerfuffle

It's been months since I've written a proper blog post, but the kerfuffle around World Vision draws me out of my cave. I have a lot of sympathy for the leadership of World Vision. They are doing extraordinary, life-saving work. They are captaining a billion-dollar organization that's global and complex and fraught with dangers on all sides. In the United States, they sought to take a … [Read More...]

Osteenification and What It Portends

I'm very grateful for this post from Hank Hanegraaff, the Bible Answer Man himself, on a very important topic. * Osteenification and What it Portends By Hank Hanegraaff Virtually every morning I try to catch up on news and sports while running on my treadmill. Often the running (mostly walking) is accompanied by the vigorous exercise of my remote. Recently, I flipped into an … [Read More...]

Speak Softly, Conservatives

I've become a friend and collaborator with the Values and Capitalism project at the American Enterprise Institute.  They have a terrific team there, and no team member is more terrific than Tyler Castle, a promising young man who can do some great things with his career. I'm really pleased to offer this guest post from Tyler Castle: * Speak Softly, Conservatives By Tyler … [Read More...]

‘Noah’: To See or Not to See

by Galen Dalrymple The movie, Noah, is scheduled to be released nationwide on March 28. It has already generated a great deal of controversy among both Christians and non-Christians. Panned (in advance) by some as being unfaithful to the Biblical narrative, Paramount Pictures has released this statement to accompany the film: "The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While … [Read More...]

A Tale of Two Presbyterian Ministers: Mission Drift at the World’s First Child-Sponsorship Organization

Chris Horst and Peter Greer have a terrific book out now called Mission Drift. I asked whether they might share something with the Patheos audience connected to the book, and they were generous enough to supply the following. Enjoy! * Mission Drift at the World's First Child-Sponsorship Organization By Chris Horst and Peter Greer We grew up watching those Sally Struthers … [Read More...]

What to Expect When You’re Telling the Truth: A Guide for Whistle-Blowers

A great post by my friend Jenell Paris, who is Professor of Anthropology at Messiah College. * By Jenell Paris I grew up fundamentalist; conservative in things political, religious, and sexual. The sexual scandals of Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart came as a rude awakening in my formative years. Ruder still, when my pastor was found guilty of molesting dozens of boys. Since then, in … [Read More...]

Seven Stories of Love

From my great friend Cameron Doolittle, an inspiring post about a "feet on the ground" way to show real love. * By Cameron Doolittle As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s worth remembering that romantic love is not the only love worth celebrating. The love among families, especially parents’ love for their children, is one of the small miracles of the universe. And the love we … [Read More...]

Ronald Reagan’s Legacy & the Religious Right

I'm grateful to my friend Mark Tooley for sharing this article. His bio is at the bottom of the post. * By Mark Tooley Regent University in Virginia Beach every year hosts a Ronald Reagan Symposium around Reagan's February 6 birthday to examine his legacy. This year's featured speakers like Calvin Coolidge biographer Amity Shlaes, Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation, Joe … [Read More...]

Yeah, Yeah, Yes

A guest post from my friend Mark Goldblatt, about the night that changed the American music scene forever.  * By Mark Goldblatt Fifty years ago this week, on February 9th, 1964, the Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. I was six years old and don’t remember much of it, but my mother never tired of telling the story of what happened that night in the … [Read More...]

The Wide Path to Readership

I'm very pleased to publish the following guest post from Grady Powell, who is Executive Director of the exceptional Trinity Forum Academy. Check out their upcoming event, "Whose Headline is it Anyway?", from January 31-February 2nd at the lovely Osprey Pointe. * By Grady Powell The worry and flurry around Amazon founder Jeff Bezos purchasing The Washington Post this past August … [Read More...]