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My speech toward and about others whom I claim to love must be rooted in “agape.” If not, then either my love or my character is flawed. (Agape in this context is to will that which is best for the person or persons whom I profess to love.) In all instances I must first ask, “Is my speech idle? malicious? thoughtful? […]

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Review of Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher

Perhaps my own flawed nature steers me to identify more with characters that lug around the heavy burden of their pasts. I suspect it could be the reason I found Hugh and Julia so compelling. Their hearts held secrets. Their former lives dictated their responses to current events. They knew pain. They had depth. Or […]

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Review of Belonging by Robin Lee Hatcher

Writers of Romantic Fiction must abide by certain conventions:  Boy meets girl, conflict arises, the plot thickens (sorry about the cliché); boy and girl end up together.  The Christian author may also intertwine a salvation message or spiritual growth component into the mix. I have long been an admirer of Robin Lee Hatcher, but had yet […]

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“The Worship Industry”

(Insert obligatory “I don’t endorse Brian McLaren’s theology” here.) follow and share herenowkingdom

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Michael Lewis On Luck

Anton Chigurh: You know what date is on this coin? Store Proprietor: No. Chigurh: 1958. It’s been traveling 22 years to get here. And now it’s here. And it’s either heads or tails. It’s impossible to watch this iconic scene from the Coen brothers morality tale No Country for Old Men without contemplating the place […]

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“How Our Religious Narratives Affect Us”

Robert H Thompson on Blog Talk Radio Peter Block, best-selling author of The Abundant Community, among others, joins Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss again this week. Peter has invited his colleague Dr. Walter Brueggeman to join us as well. One of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades, Dr. Brueggemann is […]

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On Jonathan Frederick Will, Baby Dedications, and Community

George Will recently penned a column about his 40-year-old son, Jonathan, who has Down syndrome. In it, he related how upon his arrival, the doctor told Jonathan’s parents their first question was whether they intended to take him home from the hospital. Will continues: Nonplussed, they said they thought that is what parents do with […]

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Revisiting “To Change the World,” by James Davison Hunter

It’s been almost 2 years since the publication of James Davison Hunter’s To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, and if the initial tide of commentary/debate/criticism has ebbed, still, it seems this book will continue to exert a commanding influence over the ways in which Christians consider […]

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The Would-Be Masters of Our Animal Spirits

“We must shift America from a needs- to a desires-culture. People must be trained to desire, to want new things, even before the old have been entirely consumed… Man’s desires must overshadow his needs.”~Paul Mazer, Wall Street banker working for Lehman Brothers in the 1930s                     […]

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“The Fine Line,” by Kary Oberbrunner

I’m constantly fascinated with the “fine line.” On a grand scale, cosmologists hypothesize that had certain physical constants varied – by seemingly infinitesimal amounts – no mind would be here to ask, “Why is there not nothing?” On the moral front, Alexander Solzhenitsyn spoke compellingly of the fine line separating good and evil that “passes […]

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