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Would You Leave Your Church Over Politics?

Question: Would you, Christian, ever be so disappointed in the political views of your pastor or fellow church members, that you found yourself unable to even bear going to church anymore? To be totally honest, before today, I would have dismissed this theoretical as too ridiculous for serious contemplation. It seems to me self-evident that…

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Some Advice for Writers

Recently a few friends of mine have asked me about writing, and for some perspective and/or advice on how to get started doing it seriously. I've given the same advice enough times that I figured it might be helpful to put what I most frequently say here as a kind of reference. As always, none…

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The Parable of Anthony Weiner’s iPhone

A question that's been nagging me: Would Anthony Weiner still have a political career if he hadn't owned an iPhone? Last week Weiner pled guilty to sending sexually explicit messages to a minor through his smartphone. His plea deal comes with probable prison time. Weiner, former Congressman and aspiring New York City mayor, told the…

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What Graduation Means

Last spring spent about four hours of a Monday night at a college graduation. My wife was being awarded her degree in elementary education, and she was joined by (according to the college president) 995 other undergraduates. Graduates were welcomed, inducted, charged, presented, and awarded, in that order. The night was long; speeches repeated, processionals and…

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Gotta Trust Somebody

My intention with my last post was to make a very small, but very important point. Discernment is not cynicism, and cynicism is not discernment. What passes for critical thinking is often nothing more than a defense mechanism, wired specifically to keep presuppositions from coming into contact with pushback, disappointment, or worst of all, contrary reality.…

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Cynicism vs Discernment

Cynicism: "I don't believe these news reports because they critique or reflect poorly on those in my political tribe." Discernment: "Of course, I have my convictions and my loyalties, but everyone, including me, is capable of doing wrong." Cynicism: "The problem is clearly that these media outlets have an agenda against my tribe. You can't trust them." Discernment: "Bias is real,…

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Being Eaten By Lions on Facebook

What does Proverbs 22:13 have to do with social media and public discourse? The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!” Now, you don’t have to have a Ph.D. in Old Testament to know that waking up near a lion was not an unheard of event in the…

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