Broken World

From Manna to Deep Fried Kool-Aid 2
by / on June 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

From Manna to Deep Fried Kool-Aid

It would happen earlier this week that as I was studying God’s gift of manna in the wilderness, deep-fried Kool Aid was trending on Twitter.

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Ayn Rand vs. Jesus of Nazareth 6
by / on May 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

Ayn Rand vs. Jesus of Nazareth

In an attempt to hold together the disparate constituencies of social conservative Christians and libertarian Tea Partiers, Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders have attempted to create an unholy trinity of Ayn Rand, Jesus Christ, and the GOP. But, as the classic children’s song goes, “One of these things is not like the other.”

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Backlash Against Sojourners Misses the Point 4
by / on May 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

Backlash Against Sojourners Misses the Point

Throwing Jim Wallis and Sojourners under the bus for their decision not to run Believe Out Loud’s advertisement is as misguided and counterproductive as saying “Farewell, Rob Bell”. A gay atheist and young evangelical offer a joint perspective.

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Bin Laden’s Death and the Limits of Our Love 19
by / on May 3, 2011 at 6:38 am / in Broken World, Current Events

Bin Laden’s Death and the Limits of Our Love

Upon hearing about the death of Osama Bin Laden, I was immediately struck with a profound sadness. Something about the events surrounding Bin Laden’s death causes me to mourn something bigger: the limits of human love.

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Returning to 9/12: An Open Letter to President Obama 2
by / on May 2, 2011 at 4:26 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

Returning to 9/12: An Open Letter to President Obama

I see again that unity and hope. It’s the kind of hope you speak of Mr. President, hope that stands in the midst of ruin and dares to say that a different world is possible. As a person of faith, this is the hope to which I cling.

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Three Cups of Tea & Messy Development 6
by / on April 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

Three Cups of Tea & Messy Development

Bestselling author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson is under fire resulting from new evidence that stories reported in books like Three Cups of Tea are exaggerated at best. What can this controversy teach us about our expectations about international development and need to create heroes?

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The Season of Republican Discontent 4
by / on April 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

The Season of Republican Discontent

With many GOP lawmakers unexcited about the current field of conservative candidates the Republican Presidential nomination is very much up for grabs for 2012. And which direction will conservative religious voters break? Alexei Laushkin weighs in.

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Can Good Friday & Earth Day Coexist? 4
by / on April 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

Can Good Friday & Earth Day Coexist?

Blogger Stephanie Smith explores the collision between Good Friday and Earth Day, which fall on the same day this year. She observes, “We are all trembling and groaning, whether oil spills or aching hearts, failed crops or painful consequences of sin—these are all symptoms of a world desperately waiting for redemption.”

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Does Christian Identity Trump Citizenship? 6
by / on April 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

Does Christian Identity Trump Citizenship?

Biblically speaking we’re not Americans—at least not primarily. Our first allegiance, according to Scripture, is to God’s Kingdom, not to any nation-state, even a great one like the U.S.A.—perhaps especially to one like the U.S.A., precisely because such a pleasant, affluent country demands our first loyalties more seductively than a dictatorial regime or country mired in poverty.

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MLK & the Silent Betrayal of U.S. Veterans 4
by / on April 5, 2011 at 9:27 am / in Broken World, Current Events

MLK & the Silent Betrayal of U.S. Veterans

A veteran of the War in Iraq, Logan Mehl-Laituri reflects on the nonviolent legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 43rd Anniversary of King’s assassination: “Soldiers are bringing home the wounds of war in massive numbers. In hours, they go from a world where the violence is external and obvious to a totally different world where the war is waged internally.”

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