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Time for National Repentance

Time for National Repentance

Plans to reopen swimming pools, bars, nightclubs, and other businesses across the United States are being reconsidered as the coronavirus continues to spread. As of Friday, June 26, daily coronavirus cases were increasing in at least 29 states. On this Independence...

We Need a New Liberty Pole

We Need a New Liberty Pole

In September 1861, the first Confederate battle flag was approved in Fairfax, Virginia. One year earlier, a liberty pole supporting Abraham Lincoln was chopped to pieces in Occoquan, Virginia. We need a new liberty pole. A historical marker in Fairfax says, "During...

Holding Whites Accountable for Violence Against Blacks

Holding Whites Accountable for Violence Against Blacks

A video of a handcuffed black man named George Floyd pleading for air, while a white police officer kneeled on his neck, has horrified people around the world. Floyd died during this encounter, leading to the arrest of police officer Derek Chauvin and protests over...

Behavioral Contagion

Behavioral Contagion

Late last year, my 2005 PT Cruiser was about to die. I had been thinking about an electric car for years, so I traded in the gas-guzzling Cruiser and bought a 2016 VW eGolf. The acceleration and emission-free driving of the eGolf is exactly what I expected. But I...

Secret of Sepphoris

Secret of Sepphoris

Peace in the Middle East has been elusive for many years, and tensions continue be high between Israelis and Palestinians. But people need to learn about the secret of Sepphoris. Eric and Carol Meyers are Duke archaelogists who led excavations of the Galilean city of...

Coronavirus and Terrorism

Coronavirus and Terrorism

The coronavirus pandemic has turned our lives completely upside-down. Businesses have closed, congregations have moved worship online, and almost everyone is working and studying from home. To these stresses, we now have to add worry about a link between the...

Recognizing Jesus

Recognizing Jesus

One of the strangest consequences of this coronavirus pandemic is our inability to gather for worship on Easter Sunday. Thomas Boswell recently wrote, “For now, we’re stripped of many of our customary forms of community, connection, enthusiasm and stress-reducing...

The Right Thing to Do

The Right Thing to Do

If you are self-quarantined, here's a good read: When the English Fall, a novel by my friend and fellow pastor David Williams. In a time of global crisis, it raises the question: What's the right thing to do? In the novel, a catastrophic solar storm causes the...

The Danger in Social Distancing

The Danger in Social Distancing

Coronavirus is a real threat, and people exposed to the virus are being advised to self-quarantine. In addition, everyone is being asked to maintain physical distance from others in order to control the spread of the virus. But there is danger in social distancing. At...

When You Take the Stage

When You Take the Stage

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Neither is a product of the political party that they claim to serve. Instead, they are charismatic performers who want to overturn established institutions. But problems arise when you take the stage. Yes, Super Tuesday is coming up,...

What is a Church?

What is a Church?

For years, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association operated as a tax-exempt religious organization, with no obligation to pay taxes on its corporate income. Based in Charlotte, NC, its mission is to celebrate the ministry of Billy Graham and share the gospel. But in...

Super Sunday is a Day of Discord

Super Sunday is a Day of Discord

The 54th Super Bowl will be played on Sunday, February 2, and once again controversy will swirl around the year's biggest football game. Super Sunday is a day of discord. Throughout its history, the NFL Championship has been roiled by controversy. Leading up to the...