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Oct 10, 2017
kaepernick, protest, national anthem, NFL, NBA, trump, pence

Why Can't We Disagree Well? Reflections on Colin Kaepernick, VP Mike Pence, and Listening Well

As Christians, we can (and should) disagree well.
Why Can't We Disagree Well? Reflections on Colin Kaepernick, VP Mike Pence, and Listening Well

Well, the debate about taking a knee just took an odd turn.

On Sunday, after players at an Indianapolis Colts home game chose to kneel during the national anthem, Vice President Mike Pence decided to walk out of the game. On social media, President Trump signaled that, perhaps, ...

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Oct 7, 2017
hypocrisy, integrity, weinstein, murphy, politics, entertainment
Hypocrisy on Display in Hollywood and in Politics: Responding with Anger and Humility
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Hypocrisy. Even the thought of it makes most of us cringe.

And boy was it on display this week on the right and on the left.

For example, Harvey Weinstein was outed as a sexual harasser and an abuser of power. Yes, Weinstein created a foundation to support “...women’s ...

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Oct 3, 2017
kaepernick, protest, national anthem, NFL, NBA

Understanding Worldview and the Flag

Michael Lee joins the conversation on Kaepernick’s protest

Following the widespread NFL protests last Sunday, Ed wrote a thoughtful post in which he expressed that he found “such protests disrespectful” and questioned whether the playing of the national anthem was a proper time to protest. Not stating explicitly whether ...

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Oct 2, 2017
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One-on-One with Pastor Vance Pitman on the Tragedy in Las Vegas

My friend Vance pastors Hope Church in Las Vegas.
One-on-One with Pastor Vance Pitman on the Tragedy in Las Vegas
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This morning I wrote on how we can respond to the recent tragedy in Las Vegas. Today, I also had the opportunity to chat briefly with Vance Pitman, senior pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas. Below is what we discussed.

Ed: What’s going on with the churches in Las Vegas ...

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Oct 2, 2017
shooting, las vegas, mandalay bay, pray

3 Ways to Pray for Las Vegas: It’s a Powerful (Not Political) Act for Christians

Prayer is not an empty gesture; it's how Christians first respond to tragedy.
3 Ways to Pray for Las Vegas: It’s a Powerful (Not Political) Act for Christians
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This morning, most Americans are waking up to news of another mass shooting—this time in Las Vegas—and, this time, the worst in our country’s history.

We will sit in front of the TV, our regular morning routine put on hold as we see the all-too-familiar images ...

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Sep 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner, Playboy, mourning, legacy

Hugh Hefner, Mourning, and Legacies: Beyond the Pipe and the Robe

Is sex better because of Hugh Hefner?

Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91.

Some of you may wonder why I am writing about a man best known for his pipe, his robe, and for taking the sexual revolution and promiscuity to a new level.

If we are honest, we’d be hard pressed to find something affirming to say about ...

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Sep 27, 2017
kaepernick, protest, national anthem, NFL, NBA

There’s No Dishonor in Kneeling: A Response on Colin Kaepernick

Charlie Dates responds to Ed Stetzer's article on Kaepernick’s protest
There’s No Dishonor in Kneeling: A Response on Colin Kaepernick
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Let me rush to acknowledge that the growing racial tensions in America need not create further racial division in the Church of Jesus Christ. I submit these words to you not to intensify an already hostile culture, but to say that the Church must not be silent while bigotry ...

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Sep 26, 2017
kaepernick, protest, national anthem, NFL, NBA

The Helpful History of Minority Demonstrations

John Richards responds to Ed Stetzer's article on Kaepernick’s protest

This weekend, President Trump fired the tweet heard ‘round the sports world. And the sports world—specifically NFL players and owners—responded with protests and demonstrations. As he is apt to do, Ed penned a very thoughtful response to the controversy and ...

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Sep 24, 2017
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Kaepernick, Speech, and a Job: The Cleat May Soon be on the Other Foot

Free speech is important, but is it always helpful, and how does it relate to employment?
Kaepernick, Speech, and a Job: The Cleat May Soon be on the Other Foot
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Free speech can be quite controversial.

But this shouldn’t be surprising. If we all agreed on everything, we wouldn’t need the First Amendment. Unpopular speech is why we have the First Amendment. And, let me be clear, Colin Kaepernick was exercising his First Amendment ...

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Sep 22, 2017
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Fake Apocalypse News Shouldn't Eclipse Real Tragedy News

There are real issues that deserve full coverage, not another fake story about the end of the world.
Fake Apocalypse News Shouldn't Eclipse Real Tragedy News
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The need for good journalism has never been more pressing. Time and time again I have written about fake news. And over and over we find more of it, and more people believing it.

Rohingya Muslims are fleeing Myanmar for their lives. Puerto Rico is picking up the pieces after ...

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Sep 16, 2017

No, the World Won't End Next Week and There's No Such Thing as a Christian Numerologist

If we start speaking up about bad "Christian" reporting, maybe people will do it less.
No, the World Won't End Next Week and There's No Such Thing as a Christian Numerologist
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Again, we must deal with fake news. I’ve written on this numerous times before here and here and, undoubtedly, this won’t be the last time.

In this case, it’s making Christians look silly.

Again.

But there it is on the front page of Fox News, “Christian ...

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Sep 15, 2017
Kaine, Clinton, Republican, Democrat, Abortion, Healthcare

Kaine Is Simply Not Able to Speak Up Rightly for the "Least of These"

The "least of these" includes the unborn.
Kaine Is Simply Not Able to Speak Up Rightly for the "Least of These"
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In a recent Christianity Today article, Virginia senator and former Democratic VP candidate Tim Kaine eloquently appealed to Christians to take seriously the biblical imperative to care for “the least of these” out of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25.

I agree.

According ...

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Sep 8, 2017
Congress, Senate, Constitution, religion

This Dogma Won't Hunt: Feinstein, Durbin, Sanders, and the New Religious Test for Office

So much for Article VI of the U.S. Constitution
This Dogma Won't Hunt: Feinstein, Durbin, Sanders, and the New Religious Test for Office
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Christians will be applauded when they show up to feed, clothe, shelter, and encourage the battered victims of Harvey and Irma. As long as they keep their dogma in their hearts and not in their mouths, they are welcomed—but if they speak up about basic Christian beliefs, ...

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Sep 1, 2017
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A Prayer and Confession of the Church in America During These Days

A prayer of Daniel as a model of repentance.

As I write this, I am reflecting on what took place two weeks ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. My heart breaks over the division, hatred, and strife that we face in this country over the issue of race. I freely confess that I’m no expert or wise sage who can speak profound ...

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Aug 31, 2017

Want to Help During Disaster? Here's a Few Dos and Don'ts

The world has a growing need for well-informed, thoughtful engagement with natural disaster relief work.
Want to Help During Disaster? Here's a Few Dos and Don'ts
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This morning in USATODAY, I wrote on the role of faith-based organizations in disaster relief. I explained:

Government is essential in the rescue stage — they have the equipment and means to move that equipment. The Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency ...
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