When Sarah Palin described her choice about whether to “change the circumstances” of being pregnant with a Down syndrome baby, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus said she gave away the game in the abortion debate. She’s right. Words create and reflect realities. How we talk matters. The reason most faith communities missed it is because they’re the product of a faith tradition perfectly designed to give away this game.

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“The Cylons were created by man…” Battlestar Galactica’s prologue pointed viewers back to something that happened before the beginning of the weekly saga. It was a reminder of unresolved tensions – unresolved until the finale this past March. There’s a lesson here for faith communities focusing more on the finale than the prologue. It’s the human tendency to remember unresolved tensions more than resolved ones.

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That's Obscene

April 13th, 2009

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A broader story required…
“It’s not about porn at all,” said a University of Maryland (College Park) student. “It’s about free speech.” The campus screening of a triple-X film this past week raised tensions between some people of faith on one side and students and faculty on the other – but neither side resolved anything. That’s partly because a great many people of faith preach a “two chapter” gospel that cannot reframe obscenity. It requires a broader story.

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That’s Obscene

April 13th, 2009

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A broader story required…
“It’s not about porn at all,” said a University of Maryland (College Park) student. “It’s about free speech.” The campus screening of a triple-X film this past week raised tensions between some people of faith on one side and students and faculty on the other – but neither side resolved anything. That’s partly because a great many people of faith preach a “two chapter” gospel that cannot reframe obscenity. It requires a broader story.

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Doughnuts

April 6th, 2009

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Is this healthy?
When Americans and Europeans look toward Africa, Asia, and Latin America, they see Christians doing many good things – digging wells and restoring justice in Haiti and Burundi and Liberia. Good things, but when Western Christianity is less effective closer to home in the “center” of culture – Hollywood and Boston and London – it begins to look like a doughnut. Are doughnuts healthy?

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