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Where is God found in the Coronavirus pandemic?

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;[a] 3     he restores my soul.[b] He leads me in right paths[c] for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[d] I fear no evil; for you are […]

Jesus was from a poor refugee family

Today I join millions around the world in celebrating the arrival of divinity on earth, who came into this world not in riches but in poverty, not as a citizen but as a refugee. No matter where or how we celebrate, merry Christmas.- Pete Buttigieg As the Washington Post notes this created a firestorm from […]

Peace on Earth this Christmas

  Dear God, in this season of joy and gladness, we are thankful for your goodness to us, especially for the coming of the Christ child who is the Prince of Peace. Help us to remember that the birth of this child was the greatest sign of your love, which makes for peace. Help us […]

Trust Your Intutions

A survey was done with members of the Metropolitan Community Church, a largely LGBT denomination. One of the questions posed was whether it was in the Metropolitan Community Church that the heard for the first time that they were beloved by God?  The answer was overwhelming a no. Most members already had an intuition, a […]

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Peace on Earth this Advent

Isaiah 11:1-10 11:6 The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. 11:7 The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like […]

Trans Kids and Other Moral Panics

Buzzfeed writes Two Parents’ Legal Battle Over Whether Their 7-Year-Old Is Transgender Has Drawn A Child Services Review. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is reviewing “possible child abuse” allegations stemming from a drawn-out custody battle between Anne Georgulas and Jeffrey Younger over their child’s gender identity. A few signs that this should […]

The Institute on Religion and Democracy and Me

  The first and only chance I had to meet Mark Tooley in person, the now president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, was in 1994. I was a college student attending Celebrate, an ecumenical gathering of mainline Protestant college students held in St. Louis  I saw Mark with pen and notebook in hand, […]

The Left and Christianity

The religious right has a narrative and there has been a lot of ink spilled in the last week or so to promote it. The short if it comes from Rod Dreher “To be a secular liberal is to hate Christians…” The stories used for evidence to this claim has been; the reaction to the […]

Chris’s Corner

2017 Chris H. Update #HappyNewYear

I have not blogged in 2017. This post will make my one and only post of 2017. In some ways, 2016 burned me out early in the year. I didn’t recover in 2017. I don’t have any lists of best movies or best books from 2017. Maybe I will keep better track of such things […]

#NeverTrump 2016 Was A Repeat of #AnyBodyButBush 2004

#NeverTrump of 2016 was a lot like #AnyBodyButBush in 2004. They both failed. I worried about this back in the early summer. In the ballot booth we vote for individuals (or parties). #Never and #AnybodyBut can be a starting point, but but they cannot be the central message. The Democratic Party prides itself on not […]

My Election Day Predictions

Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com Two months ago, I would have predicted Clinton getting closer to the 350 mark. I think it is still possible, but I also don’t thing that is what the Clinton campaign is aiming for. In terms of the popular vote. this is my guess: Clinton 50% […]

Voter Intimidation Against BYU-Idaho Students

In Idaho, you can register to vote at the polls as long as you can show that you have resided in Idaho for the 30 previous days. This far into Fall semester, that would cover most Brigham Young University-Idaho students who are American citizens.  However, according to the above sign in the Madison County Elections […]

My Mother is the Docent in Robert Kirby’s Column: Here is What Actually Happened

  The following is from an email my mother sent out on February 21, 2019 to her children, grandchildren, and some close family friends: We had quite a scene at the Beehive House yesterday morning. This guy comes waltzing in requesting a tour, right behind him a second group of 6, we decided to make […]

Christian Love and LGBT Folks

When I see critics respond to a Christian by telling them that they’re a bigot because of their loving beliefs, they’re telling that Christian he’s a liar – David French I think this is a real possibility. But it would mean getting a handle on what love means. 1 Corinthians 10:24 Let no one seek his own good, […]

Leaving the 3-hour block behind. #MormonJournal

Officially, this change is part of a shift toward more personal and family study which is home-based. Unofficially, it is a shift away from a meeting structure which has grown stale.

The American Evangelical Babylonian Captivity

On all Saints Day 1517 a young German Augustinian monk nailed a set of 95 theses on the wall the Wittenberg Cathedral door which outlined the theological errors and abuses of the church against the common people such as the selling of indulgences. Martin Luther would go on to declare that the people of God […]

Prosecuting false accusers will only make things worse

The Senate voted 50-48 last Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. This followed a contentious political fight over allegations by three women that Kavanaugh had committed acts of sexual assault in high school and college. Two days later at Kavanaugh’s swearing-in, President Donald Trump proclaimed him “proven innocent” of sexual assault. In […]

18 Theses about Resurrection

There’s been a recent debate on twitter over the question of whether one must believe in the physical resurrection in order to be a Christian. The responses have ranged from the extreme The teaching that Jesus is not risen bodily from the dead is from the spirit of Antichrist. It is damnable heresy, and merits […]

A Tale of 2 Churches

  I had a chance to visit a mega church in my home town of Miles City MT. Technically they may not have the numbers since this is a rural community. But they had all the markers of such a church. Coffee during the service, screens, a praise band, multiple services, multiple blue jean clad […]

Some Rules for Civility

A lot hinges on the word civility and its meaning. What civility is not Some think it means the avoidance of conflict and the accompanying act of not raising uncomfortable topics. As Morgan Guyton writes Civility means not creating a disturbance ..It means keeping your conversation safe and vanilla with people you don’t know well. […]

A Liberal View of the Trinity

I’ve written on the Trinity before but I wanted another go at it. Because sometimes there is a disconnect between religious doctrine and the issues we face in our world today. And a defense of the Trinity can be seen as obscuring those issues. But to do so, I’ll make a case for the Trinity […]

Is Christianity Exclusive?

  Matt Lewis from CNN writes: Christianity is, by definition, an exclusive religion. Anyone can become a Christian, but doing so means accepting an exclusive doctrine. According to Christ, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This, by definition, means other religions are “false.” It’s a bold claim’; there’s […]