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Forgiving Forward

Photo by Tim Hüfner on Unsplash “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” At first blush, it appears that Jesus is excusing his executioners—as in, “They are really not at fault because they don’t understand what they … Continue reading

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A Humbling Lenten Prayer

This litany that has been meaningful to me, and it’s especially appropriate for Lent: Jesus! Meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire … Continue reading

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On Washing Trump’s Feet–Or Kissing Him

I rarely, rarely watch night time news shows.  I find them annoying and predictable.  Sometimes, though, predictable is what I want. The other night, I watched a steady stream of CNBC news shows. I tuned into three shows for a … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Evangelicalism?

As editor in chief of Christianity Today, I often argued that evangelicalism is not disappearing and that the term evangelical, while controversial and misunderstood in some quarters, was still the best term to describe the movement.  However, after leaving my … Continue reading

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What Moral Leadership Looks Like

  The following is the transcript of my video contribution for the Convention on Founding Principles, held August 24 to 27, 2020.   *****   We’re not electing a pastor-in-chief. That was one of the main criticisms of my now … Continue reading

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When Diversity Challenges Excellence and Efficiency

The pressure to sideline technical, discipline-specific expertise for the sake of diversity continues to mount.  The latest is the demand that orchestras stop using blind auditions, which require musicians to play behind a screen so that judges cannot see their … Continue reading

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After the Protests, Now What?

After absorbing the video of George Floyd gasping for breath under the knee of a policeman, the country erupted in protest.  The anger and frustration of blacks especially, but also of people of all races in many nations across the … Continue reading

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There Is More than One Gospel

The current riff about it is a distraction from urgent matters. For a few years now, certain players in the evangelical stratosphere—John Piper, Trevin Wax, N.T. Wright, Scot McKnight, among others—have been arguing about “the gospel.”  Each in turn wonder, … Continue reading

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My Latest Book Just Released

That book would be When Did We Start Forgetting God? The Root of the Evangelical Crisis and Hope for the Future. Regarding the book, there is some good news and bad news. The book is (as of this writing) #1 … Continue reading

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Who Made Us God?

I failed to note this article in the National Catholic Reporter when it was first published.  Unfortunately, it is perennially timeless.  Some readers have been concerned I’ve been hard on the religious right and have gone easy on the left.  … Continue reading

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