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Let’s Rethink Our Holly Jolly Christmas Songs

Sometimes I learn a lot from conversations I was never intended to hear. This happened once as I was stopping by my local community bookstore. It’s a small, quiet store, so it was impossible not to eavesdrop as I heard a young man tell his friend how much he hated Christmas. And, you know what, the more he talked, the more I understood his point.

Want to work at the ERLC?

I’m looking for a new team member to work closely with me in communications. If you’re someone who enjoys reading in theology, culture, politics, and ethics and enjoys working in the areas of social media and digital platforms, I’d love to hear from you. You can check out the formal job description here. If you’re interested, you can email a resume to my chief of staff Daniel Patterson at [email protected]

Ferguson and the Path to Peace

The mood in Ferguson, Missouri, is tense, after a grand jury decided against indicting a police officer for the killing of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown. The tension ought to remind us, as the church, that we are living in a time in which racial division is hardly behind us. That reality ought to motivate us as citizens to work for justice, but also as the church to seek to

Immigration Reform, Yes; Executive Action, No

I disagree with President Barack Obama’s decision to act unilaterally on immigration policy. I am for immigration reform, for all sorts of reasons that I have outlined elsewhere. The system we have is incoherent and unjust. I have worked hard to try to see the system changed, and will continue to do so. It’s because of my support for immigrants and for immigration reform that I think President Obama’s executive

Why I’m Going to the Vatican

The Vatican announced today that they will host, in a matter of weeks, a colloquium on marriage and the family, bringing together leaders from virtually every religious tradition in the world, to talk about the complementarity of man and woman in marriage. Here’s why I, a Baptist, accepted the invitation from the Pope to talk about this. The colloquium isn’t one of these “Let’s hide all our differences and pretend