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Guest Editorial: Tocqueville would worry about U.S. character

America's urgent, long-term task is to revitalize our national character by restoring widespread, genuine respect for the ethical principles of all religions that support freedom. While Alexis de Tocqueville warned meeting this challenge would be difficult, he cautioned us never to lose heart.

       
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2nd Opinion: How covenants make us

New York Times columnist David Brooks contrasts the national importance of forging covenants, which protect relationships, versus drafting contracts, which protect interests. (New York Times

       
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2nd Opinion: The 20-Year Rule

Adopt the 20-Year Rule for churches and clergy.  When someone looks at a painful situation in your congregation and asks you if you think all is lost, just respond by saying: “I don’t know. Ask me in 20 years.”

       
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Guest editorial: The unexamined life is worth living

If God gives you the ability to enjoy what has been given, to see purpose in toil, and to skirt the distraction of constant brooding over what has been or is to come, then you can find gladness of heart.

       
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2nd Opinion: The problem of the half-churched Christian

America has a whole bunch of half-churched Christians. It is hard for church leaders to teach anybody anything in a sustained manner if hardly anyone is present in a sustained manner.

       
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Guest editorial: How much should churches pay their ministers?

Perhaps the most disingenuous thing churches do to ministers is offer a “package” and say to the minister, “You get to divide it up any way you like.” This lets the church talk about how much it pays the ministers, but it often is a misleading number.

       
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Commentary: A different kind of Christian politician

Reddin Andrews’ version of religiously motivated, non-Marxist, democratic socialism illustrates economic reform movements under the socialist banner have not been of one mind.

       
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Guest editorial: Want a healthier congregation? Start with better meetings

Fortunately, when it comes to holding better meetings, there is a middle path between the rock of ham-fisted control and the mushy place of avoidance.

       
Guest Editorial: Pathway to peace for a polarized political process

Guest Editorial: Pathway to peace for a polarized political process

The relationship between the late Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg might provide a pathway to peace for our polarized political process.

       

2nd Opinion: Contemporary hostility to the free exercise of religion

Religious liberty is far down the path toward becoming a party-line culture war issue. And that is a disaster for religious liberty. (Sightings)

       
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Commentary: Evangelicals and the Republican Reformation

If evangelicals learn from Republicans' polarization, they may once again know what they don’t want to be like and what they don’t want to display, and instead learn how to come together in and under the one name of Jesus Christ.

       
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Guest editorial: Next Supreme Court justice needs devotion to religious freedom

The justice appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace the late Antonin Scalia should appreciate religious freedom much more deeply than Scalia did.

       
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2nd Opinion: Trump and the “decency test”

We appreciate decency. We applaud decency. We teach decency. We seek to develop decency. So why isn’t decency doing better in the presidential race?

       
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Guest editorial: Church leadership lessons from Disney World

To be effective at welcoming guests, congregations need to learn to emphasize interactions rather than transactions.

       
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2nd Opinion: Take a deep breath—over and over

Strengthening the connection between our mind and body can be extremely beneficial to our physical health, our stress levels and our connection to our creator.

       
 
 
 
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