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How the Prosperity Gospel Hurts Racial Reconciliation

When a prophet calls down fire from heaven, it’s wise to stand to the side. That’s how I felt a few weeks ago when John Perkins, the revered preacher and civil rights activist, brought up prosperity gospel pastor Creflo Dollar during a live interview I was conducting with Perkins at a summit on racial reconciliation. Perkins lamented that there are so few accredited African-American evangelical schools in the United States

What Should the Church Say to Bruce Jenner?

In the 1970s Bruce Jenner seemed to have it all—fame, wealth, admiration. He was an Olympic star, so popular in American culture that he was reputedly considered for both the roles of Superman and James Bond. That’s changed. Now, Jenner is best known as the step-father on reality television’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Jenner is now ready for one more change. He says he knows what he’s been missing:

Should Christians Care about Earth Day?

Since 1970, April 22 has been dubbed Earth Day, a day of global emphasis and celebration of environmental stewardship. Many Christians participate in Earth Day festivities, but many others aren’t sure how to think Christianly about this issue and whether or not environmental concern is, as it is often portrayed, a “liberal” or “progressive” concern. Despite how the topic is usually used by the Right and Left sides of our

Chuck Colson and the Conscience of a Hatchet-Man

When Chuck Colson died three years ago today, there were a number of vindictive journalistic pieces slinking out against the founder of Prison Fellowship. It’s not that I minded these articles focusing on Colson’s Watergate crimes and his rather nasty political persona prior to conversion; Colson emphasized that too. More problematic was the smug undercurrent that somehow Colson’s life in ministry to criminals was somehow just some sort of “cover-up” for who

Religious Liberty Is Not Freedom from Ridicule

About a year ago, I found myself seething, over a compliment. Someone in Washington political circles said, “It’s really amazing; you’re a real-deal born-again type, and yet you are really intelligent and thoughtful.” I rolled my eyes, because I have seen this before. When I showed up in Washington as an 18 year-old congressional intern, a colleague from Massachusetts said, “You’re from Mississippi and you sure read a lot; good

What Does the Gospel have to do with Politics?

This August, I’m thrilled to announce that the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will be hosting its second annual national conference, in Nashville on August 5, on the issue of The Gospel and Politics. This is an important topic, because I am convinced that what we need is a gospel-focused reenergizing of politics. American evangelicals are, sometimes frantically, trying to adjust to an increasingly post-Christian America. We can no longer