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Apr  2016 12
Why in heaven’s name would people of faith lend our symbols to the state? How does saying a book or a monument has “historical value” do anything other than relegate those symbols to the past and thus strip or diminish the faith claims that these symbols contain or represent the power to change lives?
Apr  2016 06
The numbers game requires a selective reading of Scripture. From the Hebrew Bible, ignore stories of mass disobedience, that sometimes a movement is successful in numbers but on the wrong side of God! Think Aaron and the Golden Calf story (Exodus 32).
Mar  2016 22
As a Christian, I look at life in general, not only my particular life, through the themes of death and resurrection. How shall we, the people of the United States who call ourselves Christian, contribute to a nation moving from Good Friday on to Easter Sunday?
Mar  2016 14
Would Christians be able to join together in a fast—in a day of self-examination and penance—during some Lent, for our national sins, for those ways in which through actions taken and actions neglected we, as a nation, have broken relationships and acted as if the U.S. is the standard of laws rather than one nation, among others, accountable to a higher law?
Mar  2016 09
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln acknowledged that the nation has sinned. This confession is the antithesis of the doctrine of American Exceptionalism that is so powerful today. What I’d like to see is a movement by Christian leaders—not Congress—to name and declare an annual day of fasting for the nation’s sins.
Mar  2016 01
Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend offers this lenten reflection and a prayer that the United States of America recognize and mend its flaws.
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