Bible and culture/current events

an open letter to President Trump concerning refugees

Posted by PeteEnns on February 2, 2017 in Bible and culture/current events 16 Comments

My friend Marc Brettler wrote an open letter to President Trump concerning refugees and asked me if I would post it. And I am most happy to. Brettler is the Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Jewish Studies at Duke University, and formerly longtime professor at Brandeis University. If you’re not familiar with his work, check out his great

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What Christmas in “Christian America” tells us about how ancient Israelites worshiped God

Posted by PeteEnns on December 12, 2016 in Bible and culture/current events Old Testament 15 Comments

Christmas in America is a national holiday woven into a secular liturgical year, with little authentic religious significance for many/most of those who celebrate it. It’s commercialized nonsense, a vehicle for reaching quarterly profit margins. Christmas means malls, car commercials, and some very dumb Christmas specials. OK, rant over. We all know this, and pointing it out is as insightful

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4 thoughts on the anti-Christian “prayer and benediction” at the RNC 2016 (or, Christianity 101 for politicians)

Posted by PeteEnns on July 19, 2016 in Bible and culture/current events politics 53 Comments

I did not watch the RNC opening yesterday. I was way behind rearranging the kitchen cupboards and reorganizing my socks and underwear drawer, and knew if I didn’t get those done my life would be complete chaos. I also think the Republican party has lost its mind and I have enough crazy in my life without adding

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“I thought I had a handle on suffering.” An army chaplain lets go of certainty.

Posted by PeteEnns on June 8, 2016 in The Sin of Certainty Bible and culture/current events doubt 13 Comments

Want to hear stories about having a clear and certain faith shattered? Talk to Army chaplains and soldiers with PTSD. In a recent article in The Washington Post, Michelle Boorstein lets us in on “What happens when the military chaplain is shaken by war?”  The article struck me as giving voice to a common phenomenon among

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Maybe it’s a good idea to “compromise doctrine” once in a while (Wheaton vs. Hawkins, round 8)

Posted by PeteEnns on January 11, 2016 in Bible and culture/current events New Testament 63 Comments

The Wheaton College vs. Larycia Hawkins case is getting more complicated with each passing day, it seems—and gaining greater exposure, which in the court of public opinion will reinforce reason #17 for why Christianity is a bunch of nonsense. I know the principle players may feel differently, but I do not think the main issue here

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What Christmas in “Christian America” tells us about ancient Israel

Posted by PeteEnns on December 22, 2015 in Bible and culture/current events Old Testament 36 Comments

Christmas in America is a national holiday woven into a secular liturgical year, with little authentic religious significance for many/most of those who celebrate it. It’s commercialized nonsense, a vehicle for reaching quarterly profit margins. Christmas means malls and some very dumb Christmas specials. OK. Rant over. We all know this, and pointing it out is as insightful as saying that network

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Wheaton College suspends a professor over Islam—but what would Paul have done?

Posted by PeteEnns on December 17, 2015 in Bible and culture/current events New Testament 49 Comments

Photo credit: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast If you’re an evangelical with an internet connection, you’ve probably heard about the Wheaton College professor suspended recently for saying that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. First, let me acknowledge the following. The response by the Wheaton leadership—I would bet my bottom dollar—does not represent the views of all

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Sandy Hook. 3 years ago today

Posted by PeteEnns on December 14, 2015 in Bible and culture/current events 1 Comment

O God, whose beloved Son did take little children into hisarms and bless them: Give us grace, we beseech thee, toentrust these children and their caretakers to thy never-failing care and love, andbring us all to thy heavenly kingdom; through the same thySon Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with theeand the Holy Spirit,

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