Obama’s Fire: Even Presidents Go 2 for 22 Shooting Hoops

I understand something keenly about President Barack Obama: he loves basketball. He plays all over DC, apparently. This resonates with me. When I was in DC a while back, I too played wherever I could in the city. The energy of DC fits well with a passion for basketball, which is the most kinetic (and [Read More...]

Evangelicalism is Not Declining: A Response to John Dickerson’s NYT Essay

A young evangelical pastor named John Dickerson just released a head turner of an essay in the New York Times, with the Wall Street Journal America’s paper of record. Wielder of a sharp pen and possessor of a passionate heart, Dickerson is senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Prescott, Arizona. He is a graduate of [Read More...]

A Post-Election Letter to Young Evangelicals: Yes, Jesus Is Sovereign–But Suffering Matters

Dear God-loving young evangelical, I want you to know something: I hugely appreciate your confidence in God.  It is deeply heartening to me to see that you are showing firm confidence in the Lord in the wake of the defeat of the pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-religious liberty presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  The [Read More...]

Who Am I Voting For? Justice and Life

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8) Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained [Read More...]

Can Barack Obama Resurrect Liberal Protestantism?

Greetings and welcome to a new blog over here at the Patheos Evangelical Portal: ThoughtLife.  My name is Owen Strachan, and I’ll be blogging here about theology, history, ethics, politics, literature and more.  My intent is to provide you with excellent Christocentric cultural engagement.  I’m excited by how Patheos is fast becoming a cutting-edge spot [Read More...]

Is Barack Obama a Christian?

Christianity Today just published a point-counterpoint between Judd Birdsall and me.  We were asked to answer, essentially, the question of whether Obama is a Christian or not.  Judd made a good case in arguing that he is; I, sadly, concluded that he does not seem to be.  I’ll leave you to read both and form [Read More...]

The Hard-bitten Economy

Christians differ on economic and political matters.  Many are likely unified in these days, though, in a recognition that our national economy continues to struggle (to say nothing of the global economy). Matthew Continetti of the Weekly Standard has written a tough-minded piece worth reading on our present economic state.  Here’s a bit: [F]or almost [Read More...]

Boys and Their Games: How Far Some Men Go to Play Pickup Soccer

For those of you who have the unfortunate fate in life to be linked to a man who loves playing pickup sports (I’m thinking wives here, primarily), this selection might provide some solace.  There is strength in numbers, after all. It comes at the beginning of a NYT Magazine piece entitled “Vigor Quest” by Tom [Read More...]


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