Pharaoh's Heart: a Case Study

Ex. 3:19-20: “But I know that the King of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand.  So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders I will do in it; after that he will let you go.” The subject came to our evaluation facility after […]

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Can We Talk?  State-Supported Healthcare, Round One

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Janie and Charlotte are best friends from college who have diverged spiritually and politically until we don’t agree about anything (almost).  But as friends, we occasionally get together to talk over some of the issues of our time.  Our first discussion was about religious liberty, beginning here.  Today we begin a debate about a very hot […]

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Faith Like a Dollar General Knockoff

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She goes to church, loves her parents and Jesus, posts appreciative Instagrams about the latest homily she heard from the pulpit. She sings about Bad Romance, twerks onstage in skimpy outfits, performs anthems celebrating the LGBT spectrum and identifies as bisexual. To her fans, especially the religiously inclined, she’s an icon of “provocative faith.”  To […]

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Andrew Klavan was there, and it warmed his formerly-secular-Jewish heart.  If you’re not familiar with Andrew, he’s a novelist and screenwriter whose memoir, The Great Good Thing: a Secular Jew Comes to Christ is on my reading list . . . er . . . as soon as it goes down to $2.99 for the Kindle […]

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The Books of Ferguson

After the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, blew the lid off race relations, three black men wrote books.  The first, published only a few months after Ferguson, was Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Kudos to Mr. Coates for using the grammatically-correct pronoun in his title (“between the world and I” […]

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When NOT to "Pray about It"

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“I’ve prayed about it and I feel at peace.” Peace about what? “About filing for divorce.  No—he’s not abusive or neglectful; we just can’t agree about anything.  We fight all the time and the kids are picking up on the tension.  This isn’t what marriage is supposed to be about.  He’s not going to lift […]

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"Quite Contrary" Females

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World subscribers may have read my column in the Jan. 21 issue called “Quite Contrary” (I didn’t pick the title but it’s a good one).  Columns about male-female relationships, especially in marriage, always gets a large response.  None was greater than “Upside-Down Headship” last March, when some men accused me of beating up on husbands […]

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Don't Make Your Husband Be Your Best Friend

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They were such a cute couple.  He was a youth leader at church, and she was his high school sweetheart.  They tied the knot with style: with singing attendants, recorded expressions of love to each other, loads of family participation, and really nice dresses.  About a year after the wedding, I stopped by with a […]

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Happy New Year--Again??

Create in me O God a pure heart And grant a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence And turn not your holy spirit from me                                                 Psalm 51:10-11 The Hebrew word for “create”—Ba ra’—is reserved for God as something only he can do.  It is not mere making, or rearranging […]

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Hallelujah!

My first Messiah performance was a university production augmented by community members.  I was one of the latter–a college dropout who didn’t know much about music but knew what I liked.  The director (I’ll call him Dr. Gunther) was passionate and volatile, the type who usually spells trouble for music departments.  By mid-term, he had […]

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