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Another shooting. This time in a Santa Clarita schoolyard. So the ritual begins. The press conference. The calls for prayer. ‘Never again’ echoed once again. Cable news pontifications. Promises from politicians. And nothing is done. […] Read More

Our inherited biases can lead us to faulty conclusions and questionable actions. It’s how some Christians have used the Bible to justify slavery and subjugate women. Every one of us, no matter how enlightened, still has work to do. […] Read More

True freedom isn’t as simple as the slogans, patriotic songs and political rhetoric would suggest. You must be willing to defend those who differ from you if you support it. That’s why some have lost their taste for freedom. […] Read More

While evangelicals have no illusions that worldly systems are or can ever be perfect, the work evangelicals do with the United Nations to protect religious freedom matters. […] Read More

Despite dissatisfaction from many evangelicals, the United Nations has brought much needed attention to violations of freedom of religion or belief that would otherwise go unnoticed. […] Read More

Two sets of ‘boundary’ symbols paint clashing portraits of our nation’s character. One denotes liberty and responsibility; the other is protectionist and inhospitable. Which will you heed? […] Read More

“The Star-Spangled Banner” has been sung and played often in the past few days, including at many churches. Another song, often called the “Black National Anthem,” calls us to join hands and work together. […] Read More

The state and federal governments of Australia all agreed on new “security” measures to address what they call terrorist threats. These measures, adopted a few weeks ago, sit in a long line of actions taken since September 2001, which have actually undermined the very freedoms they claim to defend. In reality, terror has undermined our […] Read More

The Fourth of July is almost here! This midsummer holiday offers an opportunity for families and friends to gather and celebrate the freedoms of our nation. Food, fireworks and patriotic music draw us together for a day and night of fun. The Fourth of July is also an opportunity to remember. We must remember and […] Read More

I observed our congregation’s students standing attentively as they enthusiastically declared, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America” during Vacation Bible School. We often recite these words in classrooms and at civic gatherings. When we pronounce the pledge, is it merely an obligatory ritual or do we listen attentively to […] Read More