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From “Jesus Saves” to “Jesus Approves”

From “Jesus Saves” to “Jesus Approves”

There was a time when people knew what it meant that “Jesus saves.” The punsters’ follow-up, “at First National Bank” degraded the concept when the concept was still known widely enough for the pun to work. In most of Western culture now, though, neither the biblical phrase nor the pun is heard anymore. The concept now (if not the wording) is Jesus approves. As one who still honors the idea that Jesus saves, I know the idea needs explanation in our day, but I…

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Irony and Intolerance On Campus: Case Study at UNC Wilmington

Irony and Intolerance On Campus: Case Study at UNC Wilmington

So there was this student group at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, you see, that was hosting a campus discussion on abortion. Maybe they should have known better than to have tried. It’s a rancorous issue everywhere, with religion right at the heart of the dispute, and of course everyone knows that one side of this debate in particular is pretty hard to get along with. Its people are closed-minded. They believe what they believe, and they won’t listen…

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Treating One Another As Humans (Redux)

Treating One Another As Humans (Redux)

Yesterday a discussion that should have been about apologetics strategy went off-topic and toxic, and I deleted a large portion of it. I’m not into whitewashing or hiding, so if you want to you can read the PDF I saved. What remains on that page is what I hope will be of interest to Christians who want to be more strategic in their honest persuasive efforts. But I want to make a very pointed comment about something bigbird said (#29…

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The Professor Who Thought He Knew Bigotry When He Saw It

The Professor Who Thought He Knew Bigotry When He Saw It

Charles Negy, a psychology professor at the University of Central Florida, thinks he knows bigotry when he sees it. The blistering email he wrote on it to some 500 students has now gone viral. One key paragraph uses the word “bigot” no less than eight times (the whole is quoted in the UCF student newspaper): Students in my class who openly proclaimed that Christianity is the most valid religion, as some of you did last class, portrayed precisely what religious bigotry…

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Further on Dan Savage and SSM “Tolerance”

Further on Dan Savage and SSM “Tolerance”

With respect to this ignorant outburst, James Agresti writes, First and most succinctly, Savage’s historical revisionism is at odds with primary sources that enlighten the events of the past, such as these words penned by former slave Booker T. Washington in his celebrated book, Up From Slavery: If no other consideration had convinced me of the value of a Christian life, the Christlike work which the Church of all denominations in America has done during the last thirty-five years for…

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Practice What He Preached?

Practice What He Preached?

The other day I was stopped behind this car at a traffic light near home, and noticed a bumper sticker on it that I had never seen before. It had Jesus’ face on it along with symbols from 15 different religions, and it read, “Practice what he preached.” I was so intrigued I snapped this photo with my phone. Here’s a close-up from Amazon, in case it’s hard to read. The message is a restatement of the more familiar “Coexist,”…

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What Do “Hate,” “Diversity” and “Intolerance” Mean?

What Do “Hate,” “Diversity” and “Intolerance” Mean?

This is old news, but instructive nonetheless, for its issues are astonishingly and disturbingly persistent. I ran across it just now on an inactive blog called “dotmoms.”   A friend of mine told me this true story. She teaches at an elite private school, and her kids attend it as students. One day she and all the other parents received an unsigned letter in the mail. The letter “outted” two longtime faculty members; their names were not omitted. The anonymous…

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To Treat One Another As Humans

To Treat One Another As Humans

The Manhattan Declaration hit the news again this week, thanks to an iPhone/iPad application supporting it which for a short while was in Apple’s app store. Apple pulled it out in response to an uproar raised by homosexual rights activists. A Manhattan Declaration blogger responded to the controversy here. This evening I’ve been reading gay-rights advocates’ reactions to the app, and I have a lot of questions to ask about them. I don’t need to supply the links; you can search…

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