The Circle of Protection, Poverty, Obama v. Romney, and Aaron Rodgers: The Morning Report

In the News 1.  “Christian Coalition Asks Obama to Protect the Poor During Meeting.”  There’s a lot to say about this.  On the surface it’s a simple matter: of course the budget should not be balanced “on the backs of the poor.”  Underneath the surface, it’s not so simple.  What if some programs designed to [Read More...]

Is the Institution of Marriage Really Crumbling?

I recently wrote a piece entitled “Three Red Herrings in the Gay Marriage Debate.”  A colleague of mine named Star, the managing editor of Patheos’ Pagan Portal, responded in “Life, Liberty, and the Institution of Marriage?”  I am a fan of Star’s.  She’s a true believer.  She’s not a pagan because she finds it fashionable, [Read More...]

Three Red Herrings in the Gay Marriage Debate

The dust is settling from the battle of Albany, and the smell of red herrings is in the air.  Gay-marriage is now legally recognized in the state of New York.  Out of every 9 Americans, 1 now lives in a state that legally affirms gay marriage, and with California likely to follow soon, the proportion [Read More...]

Have Evangelicals Loved the Gay Community?

Note: This is part of a series on Christianity and Homosexuality.  See the introduction here. This question — Have we loved the gay community? — is, to my mind, the first and most important question we must ask when it comes to the thicket of entangled issues and controversies found in the relationship between Christianity [Read More...]

Harold Camping Needs an Intervention

Some of the intersections of faith and politics are so littered with landmines that it’s virtually impossible to navigate them without taking some shrapnel in the legs.  People of faith and good will must discuss them, however, if they’re matters worth discussing, lest we leave the conversation to those who simply enjoy or actually profit [Read More...]


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