Dunkirk and the Power of Story

I recently caught Dunkirk, the Christopher Nolan movie that tells the story of the daring rescue of Allied soldiers in the early days of World War II. When Nazi Germany invaded France in May 1940, they began to push English, Belgian and French forces to the sea. The British Expeditionary Force made the decision...

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Recognizing the Idols in Your Life

Have you ever made love to the earth? Ecosexuals have. Founded by art professor and former prostitute Elizabeth Stephens and performance artist Annie Sprinkle, ecosexuality (also called sexecology) views the earth as a mate. The movement’s manifesto endorses  talking erotically to plants, admiring the planet’s curves and getting “pleasured by waterfalls.” Ecosexuals have hiked naked, kissed...

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Monopoly of Hope

It’s been a tough week. Three young men whom I knew — in their 20s and 30s — tragically died, all within days of each another. One took his life; another overdosed; the last passed away in his sleep. On Sunday morning, I showed up at the church where the first two men were...

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Does the Mainline Church Have only 22 Easters to Go?

The mainline Protestant church doesn’t have much longer. At least, that’s the speculation of an April 28 article written by Ed Stetzer, who holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair at Wheaton College near Chicago. Stetzer cited a 2016 study from the General Social Survey, which has been tracking people who identify as Protestants with their church...

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