Fortnight for Freedom and Sound Logic

This piece was originally published at The Christian Post on June 25, 2012.The Washington Post opinion piece “‘Fortnight for Freedom’ distorts true religious liberty” by Laura W. Murphy, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, distorts matters when it compares the Roman Catholic Church’s stance on its agencies not providing adoption services to gay couples with segregationist practices in the past. I am not a Roman Catholic, but a Protestant. Still, there is something at stake for … [Read more...]

“Can We All Get Along?”

This piece was originally published at The Christian Post on June 22, 2012. The late Rodney King’s famous five words will stick with us for a long time: “Can we all get along?” He uttered these words in a public statement during the LA Riots, riots which were sparked by his savage beating by Los Angeles police officers captured on video. From an obituary in The New York Times, I found that Mr. King did not welcome the celebrity spotlight and did not see himself as a civil rights role model. Even … [Read more...]

Tax Exempt Gospel

This piece was originally posted at The Christian Post on June 18, 2012.A tax exempt gospel does not mean we are offering the gospel free of charge.I have heard Christians speak about the possibility of churches losing their tax exempt status if they do not comply with this or that social policy put in place by the U. S. federal government. I spoke recently about this concern with several friends who are Christian leaders. Their responses gave me much to ponder.One pastor friend … [Read more...]

The Apologetic of an Apology

This piece was originally published at The Christian Post on June 14, 2012.Jason Pitzl-Waters’ recent post at the Pagan blog The Wild Hunt on Beliefnet’s apology for an intensely and inappropriately critical post of Paganism speaks to the issue of how important apologies are in Christian apologetics today.We are not living in the middle of the first century, where Christianity was largely unknown in many circles in the Roman world. Whether individual Christians are known to people or not … [Read more...]

The Cross and the Crescent at the Crossroads of American Culture

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This piece was originally published at The Christian Post on June 11, 2012.By Paul Louis Metzger and John W. MoreheadA recent Associated Press article stated, “An Egyptian court sentenced 12 Christians to life in prison and acquitted eight Muslims on Monday in a case set off by religious tensions in the country's south.” The article spoke of complaints of gross injustices committed against Christians by the legal and law enforcement system in Egypt. This kind of news also tends to set off … [Read more...]

“What Would Jesus Do” with Illegal Immigrants?

This piece was originally published at The Christian Post on June 4, 2012.You may have heard of people wearing bracelets that signify their opposition to Arizona’s laws on illegal immigration. I don’t know how many of the people wearing those bracelets are Christians. But I do know many Christians wear bracelets that ask, “What would Jesus do?” Some people may oppose asking this question in the context of discussing illegal immigrants, but what context or border crossing is off-limits to Jesu … [Read more...]

Listening is a Form of Love: Moving Beyond Inquisitions to Inquisitiveness

This piece was originally published at The Christian Post on June 1, 2012.I was reminded recently of how important listening is as a form of love. Listening has pertinence to how we raise our kids, interact with our spouses and friends, relate to our neighbors, and engage those of other faith perspectives and ways of life. I touched briefly upon this subject the other day in the course of reflecting upon the topic of “bait and switch” in Christian witness here at "Uncommon God, Common Good" … [Read more...]


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