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James Gordon

Like a summerhouse with no doors or windows, in a garden with walls for shelter, our countries cannot build better futures with higher walls and narrower gates. You can’t build peace with the materials of a hostile environment. […] Read More

The late John Nelson Darby casts a giant shadow over the Brethren movement and continues to influence huge swathes of Christian fundamentalism. A new book offers an unsparing look at how he molded the movement into a Christian cult. […] Read More

At a rally, President Trump praised “beautiful” barbed wire going up at the border. Barbed wire is among the most lethal and terrible inventions deployed in modern warfare. Beautiful it is not. […] Read More

The news of Eugene Peterson’s death will be greeted by thousands of pastors with a mixture of reactive sadness that his life has ended, but also with enduring gratitude that it was lived the way he lived it. […] Read More

In supporting President Trump and believing his promises to bring about the social changes they seek, his evangelical supporters are adopting the tactics, politics and principles of secular power. […] Read More

Baptists have long defended separation of church and state, which is why it’s so disturbing that some Baptists today are politicizing Christianity to align with the POTUS and current administration. […] Read More

The seductive lure of power destabilizes character and undermines previously solid moral principles. Yet, despite Jesus’ warning, many U.S. evangelicals find it’s a siren call they can’t resist. […] Read More

Proverbs, which speaks of the two ways and the choices that determine which of those ways we travel, offers guiding wisdom not only to individuals, but to communities. May we heed it. […] Read More

What we say is who we are. Words sprouting from hate, fear and resentment encapsulate toxins with a long afterlife. Words offered as gifts of peace, however, are like seeds sown in hope. […] Read More

The Christian lives under the imperative of love. That starts in the heart of God because the Christian knows that the one fundamental reality in the universe is a love that creates, redeems, sustains and will renew a created order originally conceived in the eternal love of the Father. We love because we are loved. […] Read More