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Is Christianity Inclusive or Exclusive?

Pete Buttigieg, the Mayor from South Bend, Indiana, who recently announced his candidacy for the 2020 Presidential race is making headlines.

The youthful, articulate Mayor, is described in one news article this way. “He’s Christian, progressive, and gay.”

In a recent interview with the Washington Post Buttigieg said he wants his party “to embrace religion but not at the expense of excluding others.” Continue reading

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A Striking Paradox

 

Yesterday’s news was dominated by two major stories: What we can do to stop school shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, last week and the death of evangelist Billy Graham.

Oh, there was NBC’s coverage of the winter Olympics, but even that network had considerable national and local coverage regarding the other two major events.

In watching and listening at various intervals throughout the day it occurred to me there was quite a striking paradox taking place. Continue reading

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A Significant 500 Year Anniversary

This past Tuesday was the 500 year anniversary of Martin Luther’s famous 95 Theses.

According to tradition the German Monk and Bible Professor challenged the Pope to a debate on 95 issues by nailing them to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany. His revolutionary opinions would spark the Protestant Reformation and alter the course of history. Continue reading

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Ten Reasons Millennials are Backing Away from God and Christianity

“College-aged millennials today are far more likely than the general population to be religiously unaffiliated,” according to the Pew Research Center. “This is true when they are compared to previous generations as well.”

Furthermore Pew documents that millennials are the least outwardly religious American generation, where “one in four are unaffiliated with any religion, far more than the share of older adults when they were ages 18 to 29.’” Continue reading

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How is a Sinner “Born Again”?

Born Again 

The heading read “Just another sinner, Born Again.” Above it was a was an imposing head shot of Donald Trump.

The article by Lincoln Mullen appeared in Wednesday’s Atlantic magazine. My friend, Andy Diestlekamp, shared it on facebook yesterday. Andy tagged me since I had posted about James Dobston’s claim that Donald Trump had been converted, then quickly began to back track. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Religion

Several colorful arrow street signs with the names of five major world religions - Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism

 The Orlando nightclub shooting over the weekend that claimed at least 50 lives and injured over 50 more is a chilling reminder of a quote by the French philosopher Blaise Pascal.

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”

By numerous news accounts the gunman, Omar Matten, was heard shouting “Allah Akbar” while engaging law enforcement officers. Mateen also called 911 during the shooting to pledge allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Fox News reported. Continue reading

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Why America Is Heading the Wrong Way?

Wrong Way

Last week both a Real Politics and Ramsmussen Poll showed that most Americans think that our country is on the wrong track. 65% to 68% of the 2500 eligible voters surveyed believe we are heading the wrong way. Accordingly, only 27% felt the country was headed the right direction

However, this is nothing new. I looked back to 2009 and found that over 60% felt the same way then. In fact, one week the poll revealed an 80% dissatisfaction among our populace.

Why are Americans feeling this way? Continue reading

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