"We have rejected much of our immediate [evangelical] past," says Josh Carney of his church, University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. Looking to older traditions, "we found that some of our objections had already been addressed."
Christians need to support the cause of a Palestinian state that will live peacefully beside Israel—and at the same time reach out to our Jewish neighbors in friendship and love and shared commitment to the common good.
There are two ways to reduce the federal budget deficit: cut spending and increase revenue. Serious progress will require both. But neither can solve the larger problem behind the nation's budget woes.
The notion that grief moves through some kind of process toward resolution owes more of a debt to American optimism than to Christian hope.
The symbol of the fish resounds throughout scripture, and it splashes well beyond the pages.
I had just arrived in a new parish when a member told me how, in a horrific flash of fewer than two years, her husband died, her son was incarcerated for drug possession and her daughter committed suicide. The woman was disconsolate, drowning in grief and despairing of her empty, painful future. That's when her pastor dared to say something so bold, so outrageous, that she never forgot it.
The scholarly quest for the roots of the religious right has already passed through several iterations. Darren Dochuk's impressive book builds on this work and pushes the narrative back another generation or two.
Robert Wuthnow's social history of the Midwest demonstrates how the values that emerged in the six decades before 1950 were reshaped in the following six decades. In most ways Wuthnow gets it right.
Werner Herzog's hypnotic documentary—which takes us into the Chauvet Cave, where the oldest paintings known to humankind were discovered in 1994—is the first movie to suggest a convincing reason for the invention of 3D cinema.