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Standing Room Only

Attending a Congressional hearing is always an interesting affair.  One-half celebrity gala, one-half theatre, and one-half information.  Yes, I’m aware that three halves don’t add up to a whole.  Perhaps that’s my point: there’s something amiss in most of the hearings that take place in the halls of Congress. Most, except for the one I attended last week. […]

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What Has Been Our Response To Sandy Hook?

You can see the anticipation in children’s faces this time of year.  The colorful lights, the decorated tree, the packages wrapped and the stockings hung on the mantel – all building up their excitement for Christmas day. But six years ago, on December 14th, 2012, 20 precious little first graders innocently went to school and never […]

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Why Christians Cannot Support the Government Shutdown

“ . . . in humility value others above yourselves . . .” (Philippians 2:3) There are a lot of dimensions to a government shutdown: political conflict and maneuvering for advantage, dramatic attention-getting for a cause, a point, a policy outcome—an exercise of will by one branch of government over the other. The one dimension […]

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After the Desecration of the Holy Places

It’s deeply painful to rehearse again: multiple murders inside a house of worship. The most recent slaughter was at a Jewish synagogue, but only days before there was an unsuccessful attempt on an African American church. These sacred places join an ever-increasing number of Christian, Islamic, Sikh, and Mormon sanctuaries that have been violated by […]

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A THEOLOGY LESSON FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

I know Jeff Sessions. I once conferred on the former senator something called The Ten Commandments Leadership Award for using his office to foster adherence to the virtues espoused in the Great Words of Sinai. Now, many years later, I’m tempted to rescind that award. In his present office, General Sessions has promulgated policies that […]

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WHY I WROTE A MEMOIR AND WHY I WROTE IT NOW

  A lot of people think you write a memoir when you’re ready to pack it in—give it up—ride off into the sunset—or lay down and die. None of those things apply to me. In fact, not only am I not packing it in—I’m actually unpacking and setting up shop for a whole new endeavor—as […]

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THE SECOND AMENDMENT MUST BOW BEFORE OUR RIGHT TO LIVE

Everyone sheds tears for the students so brutally slaughtered a month ago at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. May their souls rest in peace. To the families, I am ever mindful of the unspeakable loss you’ve suffered. Words never suffice but please accept my heartfelt words of condolence. It is a tremendous […]

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MY ONE-AND-ONLY BILLY GRAHAM REGRET

All my life I’ve known of Billy Graham. Even my Jewish father liked to watch the televised crusades of the great evangelist, though Dad never embraced Mr. Graham’s message. However, for me, Billy Graham only played in the background, that is, until I met my wife, Cheryl, in the church where I would give my […]

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Opportunities for Positive Testimony

(Re-Printed from his blog, October 2016, with permission from www.bluekennel.com) (NOTE FROM TDBI: Though this blog post from Mr. Ahmanson was written during the Presidential election campaign – just prior to the November win for President Trump – we felt there was tremendous insight into the dynamics of the evangelical community’s response to the election […]

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DIETRICH THE THEOLOGIAN

There are many ways to know Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In his relatively brief 39 years on this earth, he lived a very full and multi-dimensional life. If you know him only as a German pastor who was martyred by the Nazis, you actually know very little of him. In my estimation, Dietrich’s greatest legacy was his […]

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