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Christ, The Word, The Church, The Republic

The Church Isn’t Sexy Enough

In the wake of the Josh Duggar story, it is wise to remember that when a basic human hunger is demonized by church culture, weird things happen to people. Pornography, abuse, homosexuality, infidelity all can be traced to a failure of the church to celebrate sexuality. The church isn’t sexy enough? No, please, I am..

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Is That Owl Presbyterian?

My wife and I took an anniversary break out on the Palos Verdes peninsula last week. Is it just me or do the sleek young people who greet you at a fine hotel make you feel something like the newest citizen in Emerald City?  I’ve never really felt worthy of these places.  I love them,..

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The Half-Strength Jesus

This will not stand.. I’m not just talking about the barbarity of African Muslims killing 147 Christian students in Kenya last week. I’m talking about the escapist, incomplete, pacifist bilge you hear from some believers in its wake. If you are the sort of person who considers what happened here — armed zealots, mentally and..

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Picking the Script

Yesterday, I argued there can be beauty, and even virtue, in tawdry places, but I think I was really wrestling with a more fundamental problem: how to live, when to speak, when to shut up, which jokes to tell, what life-script to pick. God certainly seems something like a playwright.  He gave Pharaoh a role..

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Cowboy Abraham

You won’t hear scripture quoted very much, over Sashimi in Santa Monica or among biscuit nibblers at the Yale Club in Manhattan; the words of the Bible make the well heeled and the hip look away, awkwardly, as though you were trying to sign them up for a multi-level marketing program.  They see scripture as..

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A Christian Fear of Airplanes

I copped out a bit in my last blog about sex and the Fifty Shades thing, because I called for “a frank, celebratory discussion”  — and then proceeded not to have one. Sex is just difficult to talk about, but I’m going to talk about it, because I’m tired of the Godless scum hogging the..

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We’re Only as Rich as The Village

Don’t worry about that title. I’m a capitalist, down to the bone, blood, and sinew.  During basketball games, as a 6’2″ 9th grader, I sat on the bench reading books about the stock market.  These days, I spend almost all of my spare mental time wondering how I can make my small business grow, since..

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