D-Day, the 6th of June 1944. That day, when Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy to begin the liberation of Europe from the Nazis, is one of the most celebrated in military history.
If you’ve seen any of the hundreds of books and films produced about D-Day, you’ve probably seen the faces of men of many nationalities — not only British, Canadians, and Americans, but also Australians, Danes, Greeks, Norwegians, and more.
But one group you’ve almost certainly never seen in a depiction of D-Day is African Americans. No major motion picture that I am aware of, and very…
On a recent Saturday evening, Jodi Doering, an Emergency Room nurse in South Dakota, was thinking about some of the COVID-19 patients she treats — and watches die — every day. Overwhelmed by what she calls “a horror movie that never ends,” she shared in a tweet her frustrations about one especially pathetic set of terminally ill patients:
“The ones that stick out are those who still don’t believe the virus is real. The ones who scream at you for a magic medicine and that Joe Biden is going to ruin the USA. All while gasping for breath on 100%…
If someone says “evangelical Christian” and “political party” in the same sentence, which party comes to mind?
The Republican party, of course.
No one who follows national politics could deny that white evangelicals by and large see themselves, and are seen by politicians, pundits, and the public in general, as being effectively married to the Republican party. When white evangelical leaders comment on the GOP, they are apt speak of “we” and “us.”
No one who follows national politics could deny that white evangelicals see themselves as being effectively married to the Republican Party.
We live in a day when…
For me, shaving is not a matter of just running the razor over my chin once or twice.
No, I have to be sure to find every little hair and cut it off at the skin level. Otherwise, some of them, their ends sharpened by the razor, will curl back and penetrate my skin.
When that happens, that spot on my face becomes itchy and actually painful. So, I have to take the time to shave very closely, making sure every patch of skin is smooth. For me, shaving is a real trial, and I hate it!
Actually, that’s not…
In his sermon today, the famous Galilean evangelist, Jesus of Nazareth, commented on a recent news story concerning a man who, while traveling between Jerusalem and Jericho, was set upon by thieves, robbed, and left for dead.
In his recounting of the episode, the Nazarene prophet first focused his listeners’ attention on a priest who came along and saw the unfortunate victim lying on the side of the road. The priest was on his way to a luncheon meeting of the district ministerium where he was to be the featured speaker. Already late, he just didn’t have time to stop…
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and now Jacob Blake. The roll call of unarmed black people killed by police just this year goes on. The frustration, anger, and fear experienced by people of color in this nation are reaching levels not seen for decades.
And nothing seems to be changing. Police shooting data tracked by the Washington Post and other organizations tells a heartbreaking story:
There’s a lion on the loose, ready to snap us up!
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8, NKJV)
On the plains of the Serengeti in Africa there’s no such thing as a wildebeest or gazelle that’s not sober and vigilant. They know they have an adversary that is dedicated every day to bringing them down. And the individuals most likely to be targeted by hungry lions are those that fail to be sufficiently sober and vigilant. They don’t last long.
Sober: not controlled…
On Monday, January 28, 1861, the city of New Orleans was in a festive mood. Two separate (though definitely not equal) celebrations were being held in the city that night. One was a more or less spontaneous reaction to recent events, while the other must have been planned for some time. Both were noted in the diary of Dora Miller, which was first published under the title War Diary of a Union Woman in the South. It was serialized in The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine from May to October of 1889.
Dora Miller was a young woman with Northern roots…
A new Pew Research study indicates that over the past decade, the number of adults in the United States who identify themselves as Christians dropped from 77% down to 65%. By any measure that’s a significant decline.
In fact, the headline of the Pew report seems to indicate that the Christian faith in this country is in dire straits:
“Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace.”
– Pew Research Center survey report
But what does that really say about the state of the Christian faith in our nation? If media headlines are any indication, American Christianity is in real trouble.
It was Richard Nixon, of all people, who first raised the alarm. In a 1962 interview with Ebony magazine the former Republican Vice President said:
“It is a mistake for the party to accept the beliefs of Sen. Barry Goldwater and write off the Negro vote. If Goldwater wins his fight, our party would eventually become the first major all-white political party. And that isn’t good.”
— Richard Nixon in 1962
The man Nixon thought was leading the GOP to become an all-white party was Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, one of the most influential Republican leaders at the time…