March 6, 2014

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 artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that… Read more

February 24, 2014

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 infomercials. They were gripping and helped awaken a nation’s conscience. Struthers would do video pleas from impoverished places, drawing… Read more

February 16, 2014

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 my immediate circles I’ve known a pastor harassing college students, three in affairs with parishioners,… Read more

February 13, 2014

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 show when we help a friend, or even a perfect stranger, deserves its own special day… Read more

February 10, 2014

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 Loconte of Kings College, and Margaret Thatcher biographer Claire Berlinski, among others. There was a film presentation of… Read more

February 3, 2014

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 Goldblatt household. We owned one television, a black and white Motorola… Read more

January 24, 2014

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 has mostly died down, but the deeper question of how the purchase might benefit Bezos, and effect the rest of us,… Read more

January 21, 2014

I’m always pleased to publish a post by the esteemed Peter Wehner. A bio follows the essay: * By Peter Wehner The best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell has written an article in Relevant magazine “How I Rediscovered Faith.” He recounts being raised in a Christian home and wandering off the path taken by the rest of his family. “I have always believed in God,” according to Gladwell. “I have grasped the logic of Christian faith. What I have had a hard… Read more

January 16, 2014

Editorial Note: This is the second installment in a two-part series on Duck Dynasty and what it reveals regarding America’s “secular theocracy,” from the inimitable David Theroux, President and CEO of the Independent Institute. If you missed it, read the first part here. * Duck Dynasty and the Secular Theocracy, Part II By David J. Theroux Phil Robertson himself is certainly no lightweight. The Los Angeles Times has called him “a man of legendary individuality, who once passed up an opportunity… Read more

January 14, 2014

I am always delighted to receive a guest post from David J. Theroux, who is Founder, President and CEO of The Independent Institute. His essays are often comprehensive, always thoughtful, and always worth reading. I divided the present essay into two installments, to publish the first today and the second on Thursday. * Duck Dynasty and the Secular Theocracy By David J. Theroux With A&E Network facing an avalanche of public protest and in just over one week of its… Read more

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