Category Archives: religion

Understanding the spirits

From what I can tell, Bible scholars are fairly well divided over unclean spirits, whether that’s a synonym for demons or if there’s intended to be a clear distinction. Speaking generally and acknowledging once again that I don’t know ancient … Continue reading

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Flannery O’Connor on faith

“I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know what torment this is, but I can only see it, in myself anyway, as the process by which … Continue reading

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The ‘Billy Graham’ rule

I have a serious question for everyone: Would you ever meet up with a member of the opposite sex other than your partner — or if you’re gay, a member of the same sex other than your partner — for … Continue reading

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Saving traditional marriage

I just got an invite today to a Facebook group called “Save Traditional Marriage.” There was nothing on the group’s pages about stopping divorce, even though in 2005 17.7 out of every 1,000 women in the United States were divorced, … Continue reading

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Mix-and-match religion

Here’s an interesting look at religious life in America: According to the Associated Press, more and more of us are building our own personal religions by cannibalizing the big ones for interesting bits and pieces. There are any number of … Continue reading

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Ted Haggard, the new Swaggart

Ted Haggard reminds me a lot of Jimmy Swaggart. Haggard, the disgraced former head of the National Association of Evangelicals and former pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Spring, Colo., resigned from the ministry after a public fall from … Continue reading

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Gay marriage

Here’s hoping New Jersey says yes to same-sex marriage. A Senate bill that would allow same-sex couples to enjoy the benefits (and name) of marriage has cleared committee, and now goes to the full Senate for approval, according to The … Continue reading

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St. Paul the Jew

It’s not just Christians who are finding a new perspective on Paul. Published online by Tablet Magazine, an article by Judith Shulevitz explores the essential Jewishness of the Apostle Paul. She presents Paul not as a Jew who turned his … Continue reading

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Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will … Continue reading

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Pray for the president

Back in 1993, when I was living just outside Port-au-Prince, one of the newly arrived missionaries I was getting to know told me about a funny new bumper sticker that people in his church were sporting on their cars. It … Continue reading

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