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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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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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The Six Degrees of Charlie Sheen 1
by / on March 28, 2011 at 6:00 am / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

The Six Degrees of Charlie Sheen

It pains me to invoke the subject of the Charlie Sheen drama, especially now that its initial allure has mercifully waned in (some parts of) the news cycle. But in the slightly more composed wake of the Sheen publicity frenzy, its reverberations deserve deeper reflection. Jennifer Crumpton weighs in.

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March Madness, Discipleship & The Kingdom 2
by / on March 25, 2011 at 12:19 am / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

March Madness, Discipleship & The Kingdom

March Madness leads me to think about the complexities and role of encouragement within community. There is the fist bump after a great play, the corporate celebration when you have just gone on a big scoring run and forced the other team to call a timeout. But there is also the “come on!”, “you gotta stay with them!”

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Uncovering Israel’s Hidden History 2
by / on March 18, 2011 at 11:51 am / in Broken World, Current Events

Uncovering Israel’s Hidden History

Eitan, an Israeli Jew, had just pulled over to ask an orthodox Jewish pedestrian if he knew of any signs of previous Arab villages. In his response, I noticed the man used a certain Hebrew word over and over—klum, klum, klum—“nothing, nothing, nothing.” The man had faithfully recited Israel’s national mythology. But is this the whole story?

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When “Just Believe” Doesn’t Cut It Anymore 22
by / on March 9, 2011 at 7:23 am / in Personal Stories, Shattered Faith

When “Just Believe” Doesn’t Cut It Anymore

Julia was the quintessential Christian in high school; her peers even nicknamed her Julia Christ Superstar. But what happens to someone like this when complexities of the world and ambiguities of faith led her to bigger questions, to a place where “just believe” doesn’t cut it anymore?

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Amazing Grace: Personal or Corporate? 6
by / on March 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm / in Personal Stories, Shattered Faith, Theology

Amazing Grace: Personal or Corporate?

Attending a mostly white evangelical College as an African American male with roots in the historic Black church resulted in a paradoxical shift in my Christian faith. It was a time that I matured spiritually while simultaneously growing increasingly disillusioned with evangelicalism.

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Open Letter to John MacArthur: Quit proof-texting with lives at risk in the Middle East 22
by / on February 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Open Letter to John MacArthur: Quit proof-texting with lives at risk in the Middle East

Dear Reverend MacArthur, As an Egyptian American and brother in Christ I was saddened and disturbed by your recent claim that the protests of oppressed people across the Middle East are unbiblical.

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Protesting the Protestors 0
by / on February 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm / in Broken World, Current Events, Personal Stories

Protesting the Protestors

Over the last few weeks we have tried to work as best as we could to help set up a private discussion between the Catholic church and the LGBT activist group. That private discussion never happened – and it wasn’t because The Marin Foundation wasn’t willing.

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Theology vs. The Greatest Commandment 15
by / on February 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Theology vs. The Greatest Commandment

I believe in theology. It’s how we think about God that determines how we think about this world and how we live in it. But the singular focus on doctrine that has characterized the recent history of the Evangelical community in America has left us paralyzed and unable to respond to the immense pain and suffering in this world.

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