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Can a democracy, a free country, slide down into dictatorship and tyranny? If we continue to allow the rhetoric of tyranny to rain down unchallenged, it will undermine our freedom and liberty of speech. It’s happened before. […] Read More

A gunman who slaughtered 22 people in El Paso claimed in an online forum he wanted to stop a ‘Hispanic invasion.’ Anyone who would shoot our Mexican and other Latinx brothers and sisters would shoot into the heart of God. […] Read More

I think we could make a case for regarding the iconic hymn “Amazing Grace” as the Psalm 23 of modern hymnody. Its appeal seems not to be limited to the particular faith tradition of its origin, as it is often played and sung at public events that call for an affirmation of the sacred in […] Read More

“Never think that you need to protect God. Because anytime you think you need to protect God, you can be sure that you are worshipping an idol.” – Stanley Hauerwas Afraid. It is the best way to describe my feelings about the conversations that are taking place, the declarations being made on social media, at […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Expecting a speech, Americans instead heard a sermon. Drawing on Scripture, theology, and the rising rhythms of black preaching, President Obama was more pastor than politician at Wednesday’s (Jan. 12) memorial service for the victims of last week’s shooting in Arizona. It was an aspect of Obama that galvanized his 2008 campaign, but […] Read More

Editor’s note: Jonathan Miller is featured in the documentary “Good Will for the Common Good: Nurturing Baptists’ Relationships with Jews.” With the near arrival of the fall Alabama political campaigns, we are preparing again for the silly season. As many candidates did during the primaries, politicians and their wannabes will line up their Christian […] Read More

The battle is on and it has been on. For most of us who grew up in an evangelical tradition, it dates back to the evolution-fundamentalist controversy at the turn of the 20th century.   Today, many refer to it as “the culture wars.” In its contemporary expression there are at least two sides. The […] Read More

Why are so many white, evangelical Christian clergy expressing such hyper-statements about the 2004 presidential election? At one extreme is the threat of Christian insurrection if Republicans lose at the ballot box. At the other extreme is the claim that God has already chosen President Bush. In between are the redundant voices that pitch the […] Read More