Holy Saturday

“Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we are saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love.” — Reinhold Niebuhr [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 74: ‘King of Kings and Capo di tutti capi’

Originally posted January 20, 2006. You can read this entire series, for free, via the convenient Left Behind Index. This post is also part of the ebook collection The Anti-Christ Handbook: Volume 1, available on Amazon for just $2.99. Volume 2 of The Anti-Christ Handbook, completing all the posts on the first Left Behind book, is also now [Read More…]

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I search the world over for my angel in black

John Ehrlichman explains just what the Nixon administration intended when it launched the “War on Drugs.” It wasn’t about drugs. It was about hippies and black people. Plus: John Paul 2 was never “neoliberal;” wrong turns on the “Romans Road;” African Proverbs and old Cherokee stories; and Phyllis Schlafly is still not dead. [Read more…]

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New perspective

Scot McKnight writes that we must read Paul “in a Jewish context in which Judaism is not understood as works righteousness over against which Christianity teaches election by grace.” That’s the “new perspective on Paul,” and it’s really a much bigger deal than most of our dry, academic discussion of it sometimes makes it sound. We’re having to retrace our steps to correct for a wrong turn our theology took almost 500 years ago. [Read more…]

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Fear not

Why I’ve opted not to talk The Only Thing Everyone Is Supposed To Be Talking About this time around. [Read more…]

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Take a little walk to the edge of town

Here again is your periodic reminder that the Pledge of Allegiance is the creepiest creepy thing from Creepytown. Also: A terrific Nick Cave/Dr. Seuss mash-up; fossils from Noah’s flood found in Texas; and the apotheosis of white American Christianity. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (3.21)

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more…]

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Sermon illustrations and sermon legends

What popular stories deserve a place in the Sermon Illustration Hall of Fame? What hackneyed stories need to be forever-retired from all future use as sermon illustrations? And what urban legends, myths and outright lies belong on a list of the Most Outrageous Sermon Legends of All Time? What have you heard? [Read more…]

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