June 30, 2013

Crossing Borders

Today I undertook a political act I had not done in two years. I left the country. Although it is easy as a citizen of the United States to take such freedom to travel for granted, the significance of crossing national borders should not be overlooked. Stand…
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This month I have been teaching the SALT Sunday School class at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church . I led a four-week session on the parables of Jesus. It was a great time as we had insightful and fun discussions, and the lessons challenged me to carefully conside…
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June 27, 2013

June 25, 2013

Warring Down

The last couple of weeks brought bad news to the politicians and pundits hoping for more war(s). Hopefully this trend will continue. Most significantly, a moderate won  this month's Iranian presidential election. President-elect Hassan Rouhani should prov…
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June 21, 2013

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June 19, 2013

Faith in 2016

Last weekend, Republican presidential hopefuls and other conservative leaders gathered for an event hosted by Ralph Reed's Faith & Freedom Coalition (FFC) in Washington, D.C. (the photo is one I took of Reed at the 2011 FFC conference). In earlier po…
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June 17, 2013

Super Christ?

The new Superman movie soared at the box office over the weekend. I have not seen it since I generally only watch movies as a cheap/free Redbox rental or a free TV viewing. Yet, CNN posted a couple of articles about how the movie portrays Superman as a Christ…
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A Parable

Yesterday, I preached in the Sanctuary Fellowship service at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church . The sermon, titled "A Parable," was on 2 Samuel 12:1-10 (which is where Nathan the prophet rebukes King David with a story). You can listen to the sermon  her…
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June 15, 2013

Two Books

I recently read two books that cite my  Ethics Daily news articles about a key 1980 religious-political rally in Houston (that I wrote for the 30th anniversary of the rally in 2010). The first one is God's Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republica…
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June 14, 2013

Mennonite in Homeland Security

A couple of months ago, I attended a talk by David Myers, Director of the Department of Homeland Security's Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). In his presentation, titled "Losing my Faith, …
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June 13, 2013

June 12, 2013

Partisan Politics in the Pulpit?

On Monday night, pastor-turned-politician Mike Huckabee seemed to be confusing his two professions (the photo is one I took of him during the 2008 presidential campaign, with a Christian flag in the background on his political stage). Speaking at the Souther…
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June 11, 2013

Social Media & TV Viewing

Last night, I appeared on WHSV 6 o'clock news in a brief segment to talk about how social media impacts television viewing. The focus was to consider how live updates on Twitter or Facebook might bring spoilers for those not watching live. The piece does…
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June 10, 2013

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