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Author Mark McEntire

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., used a text from the biblical book of Genesis at a recent conference sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition to argue that the United States should take a particular political stance in relation to the modern state of Israel.   “I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that […] Read More

What’s harder than finding a needle in a haystack?   Proving there isn’t one.   In 1997 Michael Drosnin created a sensation with “The Bible Code.” The book claimed that evenly spaced letter sequences in the part of the Hebrew Scripture known as the Torah – the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy – predicted future […] Read More

‘Save the Day’

Even when style is the only factor considered, genres cannot function as discrete categories. They necessarily overlap. In the end, categories of either type turn out to be a matter of convenience, primarily for the task of marketing. Still we are accustomed to thinking in terms of categories, and they may even guide us, to […] Read More

‘Save the Day’

The title song opens the collection by juxtaposing elaborate pleasures with simple ones. It comes closer to rock-and-roll than any other selection on the album and grabs the attention of the listener, alerting us to the significance of the word “day,” which appears at least once in ten of the twelve songs. Even when style […] Read More

To some, Solomon’s request for wisdom was admirable, and God’s decision to grant him this and the wealth he did not ask for was a confirmation of the goodness of his request. To others, his response was manipulative. One of my colleagues and close friends when I lived in Ethiopia was Dr. Debela Birri. I […] Read More

Let me confess that I believed from the beginning that the so-called “Faith Forum” held on Aug. 16 at the Saddleback Church in California and hosted by its pastor, Rick Warren, was a bad idea. First, the idea that the two major candidates for president can be summoned to the church of a prominent pastor […] Read More

A story is making the rounds in religious news about a recent address by Phillip Jenkins of Pennsylvania State University to the Evangelical Theological Society in November. Jenkins argued that Africans are often able to read the Old Testament in a more productive way because of close connections between the culture of ancient Israel and […] Read More

In 1992, Mike Huckabee was running for a seat in the United States Senate. As part of that process, he filled out the questionnaire sent to candidates by the Associated Press, which they use to develop background knowledge for reporting on the candidates. These statements were recently reprinted by the New York Times. When asked […] Read More

It has been almost 35 years since Bruce Springsteen’s first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., first appeared in January 1973, and his music has been one of my most enduring companions in the journey from teenager to middle-aged adult. His newest album, Magic, appeared last week amid the kind of political divide that seems […] Read More

It has been almost 35 years since Bruce Springsteen’s first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., first appeared in January 1973, and his music has been one of my most enduring companions in the journey from teenager to middle-aged adult. His newest album, Magic, appeared last week amid the kind of political divide that seems […] Read More