December 30, 2014

Top Books of 2014

I've read many good books this year. Here are my choices for the best ones of 2014. I read other good books this year that were older books so I left them off the list. And I'm sure I'll eventually read some other good books published this year. B…
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December 26, 2014

Martin Luther King - Church Buildings as Political Spaces

Ethics Daily ran a column-length excerpt of my new book ( Sacramental Politics: Religious Worship as Political Action ). The piece is titled "Martin Luther King - Church Buildings as Political Spaces." This section comes from the same chapter as the o…
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December 24, 2014

Ebola Exaggerations Called Political "Lie of the Year"

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is titled "Ebola Exaggerations Called Political 'Lie of the Year.'" In the piece, I report on what PolitiFact.com called the biggest political lie for 2014. PolitiFact did a good job highlighti…
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December 23, 2014

I Heard the Music in Cuba

The latest issue of the Churchnet free digital magazine is out. The November-December 2014 issue focuses on the recent Churchnet delegation to Cuba. In it are many photos I took, as well as columns by Missions Mobilization Team Leader Gary Snowden, Vice Pres…
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December 22, 2014

Book Coverage

Two publications carried news recently about my new book, Sacramental Politics: Religious Worship as Political Action . The book, which is now available for purchase, examines critical issues of religion, politics, and communication. The first piece on the bo…
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December 19, 2014

Changing U.S.-Cuba Relations

President Barack Obama brought surprising news on Wednesday as he announced changes in the U.S.'s relationship with Cuba. In addition to a prisoner swap, the two nations will move toward reestablishing diplomatic relations and Obama will lessen travel res…
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A Whimsical Book Tour

With the release of my new book, Sacramental Politics: Religious Worship as Political Action , I decided to launch a book tour. After all, that's what the famous authors do. Unlike rich authors, however, I don't have a publicist. So I set up the book t…
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December 18, 2014

Surprised at Christmas

I feel sorry for pastors at Christmas. They show up to preach about the stories we've heard each year for decades. And they've preached the same texts for years, perhaps even tiring of their own explanations. I pastored a church for two years so that …
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December 17, 2014

A Political Nativity in the Nation's Capital

Christmas and politics may not sound like topics that should intermingle, but the Christmas story carries some inherent politics we often overlook. Too often we reduce the season to singing about joy, wishing for merry times, and eating yummy treats. Jesus i…
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December 12, 2014

Baptists' Differing Views on Senate Torture Report

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is titled "Baptists' Differing Views on Senate Torture Report." In the piece I noted condemnations of torture by American Baptist leader Roy Medley and Southern Baptist politico Joe Carter. I also …
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December 8, 2014

Journey for Justice

A group of clergy, activists, and concerned citizens recently trekked 135 miles from Ferguson to Jefferson City. The NAACP-sponsored pilgrimage halfway across the state of Missouri sought to bring additional attention to the judicial failures in Ferguson and …
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