Hultgren, Dollar: Up for Debate with Julie Roys

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This was an excellent exchange. On the eve of the elections, if you’ve ever entertained the question “should Christians identify with political parties?” you ought to give this a listen.

Julie Roys is a fabulous host at Moody Radio, demonstrating both intelligence and charity. On Saturday, she hosted a debate between two people I know pretty well–my congressman, Randy Hultgren (R) of Illinois’ 14th Congressional District, and Ellen Painter Dollar (D), blogger at Patheos.com and author of No Easy Choice. During this very well-mannered sparring match, they each explained their views on the interplay of faith and politics and why they identify with their particular party. Continue reading

The Evangelical Community is at a Crossroads

chelsen-vicariSomeone you need to know is Chelsen Vicari, the Evangelical Program Director for the Institute on Religion and Democracy. If you’re not familiar with her work yet, I encourage you to read her piece today, Why Evangelicalism is So Misunderstood by Rachel Held Evans and the Religious Left. Here she writes, Continue reading

Satan in the Public Square: Keeping Things in Perspective

If you haven’t already heard

Members of the Satanic Temple have unveiled their design for a 7-foot-tall statue of the devil they want to locate at the Capitol building in Oklahoma, right next to a monument of the Ten Commandments that has stood since 2012. Continue reading

Placing Our Hope in Political Leaders

penny2Can we place any hope in our government leaders? Political swindlers like Jesse Jackson, Jr (D), or former Illinois Governors George Ryan (R) and Rod Blagojevich (D) are examples of why we should always have a healthy skepticism about who we elect. But the reason this question continues to nag at me is not because of the perception honest, civil servants are no where to be found, but because of the Christian pronouncement that we should put our faith in God, not the political process. Continue reading

It’s More than the Economy, Stupid: Conservatism that’s Christian

Back in 1992,  democratic strategist James Carville advised the Clinton campaign to focus on three primary areas: change, healthcare, and “the economy, stupid.” To win the election, they obviously had to focus on those things the people cared about most—and the economy was a biggy. While the phrase “the economy, stupid” has not been borrowed officially by today’s economic conservatives or centrist democrats, variations of this famous phrase are uttered by pundits and representatives on all sides to make a similar point today. The economy is an integral aspect of political engagement and getting it on the right track is crucial for the future of America. Continue reading

A&E Caves to ‘Duck Dynasty’ Support

Nine days after announcing the indefinite suspension of Phil Robertson from the Duck Dynasty series, A&E has changed course.

As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals….. Continue reading