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The cult of agreeableness

Joel Osteen’s disturbing inability to say that Mormonism is something other than Christian reflects a particular affliction from which our culture suffers. I’m not sure what to call it other than the cult of agreeableness, a widespread tendency to avoid…

Love and bear it

Love and bear it

To grin and bear something means to tolerate it, put on a happy face and ride out the discomfort. After all, it’ll be over soon enough. That’s a perfectly practical way to deal with half the difficulties in life. But…

Christians making a difference

Whether it’s the political activism of the eighties and nineties or the social activism of today, Christians want to make a difference in the world. But are we starting in the right place? Often we see a crisis or a…

Faith of the revolutionary generation

It may sound like a stretch, but you can learn a lot about contemporary faith and politics from colonial needlework. American colonists struggled to make sense of the events leading up to the war with Britain. Escalating encroachments were resisted…

Where real influence lies

North American evangelical leaders are reporting a decline in influence, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Pew conducted the poll, released June 22, at the Third Lausanne Congress of World…

Steve Jobs and the false hope of our time

Two events happened last Monday that stand juxtaposed for me: Steve Jobs announced that he was taking a medical leave absence from Apple, and a priest at our parish, Fr. Seraphim, died. While journalists and pundits frantically asked and answered…

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