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the gospel for all and fear for none

Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: he sends us to everyone. The gospel is for everyone, not just for some. It is not only for those who seem closer to us, more receptive, more welcoming. It is for everyone. Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those . . .

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February 13, 2017

T.S. Eliot on a difficult faith

You will never attract the young by making Christianity easy; but a good many can be attracted by finding it difficult: difficult both to the disorderly mind and to the unruly passions.

— T.S. Eliot

This quote showed up in my today, courtesy of The Plough daily dig email. Immediately I was struck by how . . .

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January 10, 2017

why are we so afraid?

I have written before about the fear that grips Americans, including American Christians. Our entire political process is driven by fear—of the other party, of terrorism, of threats from other nations, of (fill in the blank).

It’s nonsensical.

Regarding political parties, they have both had about equal shares of the . . .

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August 26, 2016

the cross as misfortune

"Suffering" is not a very popular word in the vernacular of contemporary American Christianity. Oh sure, we talk about 'suffering' and 'persecution' from time-to-time, even in our own cultural context, but can be we honest for a minute and admit that such things have really no part our American Christian experience? . . .

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July 25, 2016

American Christians, why are we so afraid?

Of what are American Christians so afraid? I ask that question intentionally because it seems that our most important political decisions are made, not out of a theologically-informed world-view but out of a world-view that is permeated by fear.

Two examples...

Refugees from the Middle East: One of the most polarizing issues . . .

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January 13, 2016

the children still suffer

thoughts on Holy Innocents' Day

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by the order of King Herod. Receive, we beseech thee, into the arms of thy mercy all innocent victims; and by thy great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish thy rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and . . .

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December 28, 2015

"this is not a day care..."

an indictment of American Christianity's self-centeredness

Until this morning, I had never heard of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, nor could I point out Bartlesville, Oklahoma, on a map. Then I read this brilliantly-written piece from the University President, Dr. Everett Piper. What is remarkable is not Dr. Piper's prose but the very fact that he had occasion to write it. As a conservative . . .

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December 01, 2015

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