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My Words Led to Violence. Now Trump’s Are Too

(as published in Time Magazine) — As a national anti-abortion leader for more than 30 years, I routinely used inflammatory language from the podium. At rallies for the activist anti-abortion organization Operation Rescue, I depicted doctors who performed abortions as murderers, callous profiteers in misery, monsters and even pigs. Then someone on the fringe of […]

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I’m a Shooting Survivor. If You’re Going to Pray for Us, Here’s How.

August 4, 2019, Christianity Today  —  I have a complicated relationship with “thoughts and prayers. The phrase has become the familiar refrain after each mass shooting, echoed in tweets and statements offering condolences to families and communities shaken by tragedy. Like many others affected by gun violence, I can’t help but feel frustrated and cynical when I […]

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It’s morally negligent to ignore the mounting gun threat to human life

Sunday morning came with the heartbreaking news that 29 innocent, everyday Americans were lost in mass shootings in two cities. In El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, theses victims died of bullet wounds from devastating weapons. Another 40 people were taken to hospitals, some with life-threatening injuries. Loved ones were suffering unspeakably, families and friendships […]

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What a Stupid Bumper Sticker Can Tell Us About American Christianity

TDBI President, Rev. Rob Schenck, shares an article written by Russell Moore that brings to light the current problem in the American Christian church. Schenck states, “The author points to what I call a ‘Second-Timothy-4:3 crisis.’ 2 Timothy 4:3 says, ‘For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[a] teaching, but having itching […]

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In Case You Missed ‘Em: The 10 Most Popular ‘Fresh Air’ Interviews Of 2018

In a year of big headlines, Fresh Air continued to dive deep, broadcasting in-depth interviews on topics that ranged from the magnificent to the microscopic. We spoke with scientists, journalists, activists, filmmakersand two free climbers who conquered a surface on Yosemite’s El Capitan that was once thought impenetrable. Our conversations with James Comey and Bob Woodward gave us a deeper understanding of the Trump presidency. When we looked at the […]

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Christians and Guns: the Danger of Fantasy

Somehow, inexplicably, it always begins–and ends–the same way. An intruder bursts into our home, and my wife is always irretrievably in harm’s way. From what I am told, the intruder never comes to steal our iPads, jewelry, credit cards, or any other valuables. He has only come to rape and to kill. And I only ever […]

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Ten Things I Believe About Christians and Guns

Death and killing have their origin in evil, but the gospel of Christ is about God’s gift of life: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). The law and purposes of God are directed toward fostering life, not the taking […]

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