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The Destructive Power of Narrative: An Example from American History

Do you really know American history? What impressions come to mind when you think about the Puritan colonists who settled in New England? How would you describe them? As a child, my thoughts about the New England colonists were shaped almost exclusively by the Thanksgiving holiday. I knew they traveled

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What’s Wrong With a Story?

The Destructive Power of Narrative Recently, Darrow published a post, “All Black Lives Matter” that elicited some pushback. A DNA friend emailed Darrow to complain that what he wrote “isn’t a helpful narrative.” We hear the term, “narrative,” more and more. But what do people mean when they use it? Often, it

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Life Brings Its Own Rewards

Life brings its own rewards We have been examining Paul’s discussion on worldview in Romans 1. We have seen the shifting of paradigms from the Judeo-Christian worldview to either pagan humanism or pagan animism. Because ideas have consequences, a shift in worldview inevitably leads to a shift in values and

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Our Strange New World of Foolishness

In a famous quote, G.K. Chesterton defined foolishness: “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing, they believe in anything.” That is, “anything” as in “any thing, without discrimination.” The ability to discriminate is an acquired skill. An infant cannot distinguish himself from his mother. By age

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Orlando: Love is Greater Than Hate

Orlando suffered unspeakable horror in the shooting early Sunday morning at the Pulse, Orlando’s “hottest gay bar.”  Forty-nine of the clubs patron’s were killed and 53 were wounded. The killer was Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old Muslim of Afghani heritage, who claimed allegiance to ISIS. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Why Have Evangelicals Supported Donald Trump?

Donald Trump favored by Evangelicals Like so many in this US election cycle, I assumed that if a moral, principled constitutionalist were to run for president, evangelical Christians would flock to him or her. With 17 candidates in the Republican field—including two with Latin backgrounds, one brilliant black surgeon, one

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Religious Liberty and Compassion: Incompatible?

Religious liberty can coexist with compassion Life is full of choices, but sometimes what appears to be a choice is actually a false dichotomy. “Why is food either good for you, or delicious?” (Some nutritious food is very tasty.) “Is the Christian life a matter of being faithful, or fruitful?”

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Euthanasia: How Europe is Committing Suicide

Euthanasia in Europe on the increase We’ve already witnessed the spiritual demise of Europe. Can its physical demise be far behind? In early May, Brussels Airport finally re-opened after being closed for nearly six weeks, following the March terrorist attack that killed sixteen people. While it will not be back

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Secular Religion in the Bathroom: A Dangerous Moment in America

Secular religion is behind the bathroom bills.  It is vital that Christians understand what is at stake with the Obama administration’s transgender directive to America’s public schools. It is far more than simply a policy about the use of bathrooms and showers. The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that

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A Fundamentally Transformed America

In the previous post, The Meaning of America, I attempted to distill a list of the core ideas and values that gave rise to our distinctly American culture—that uniquely American way of doing things that was eloquently described by de Tocqueville in the 1830s and is still recognizable today. I called this “the

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