“I thought we were the good guys.” Samantha Laruso (Mary Mouser) shares her disillusionment with her dad, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) in the first episode of season three of the Netflix series Cobra Kai. Her hopes and ideals have crashed in flames due to a violent confrontation at her school

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Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) They swarmed over barricades and smashed windows. Crosses and Christian flags fluttered alongside the Star and Bars. A group across the street chanted and sang “This place is covered with the blood of Jesus” while

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I am pausing to reflect on the fickle fate of kings as I prepare to unleash the French Revolution in my undergraduate civilization class next semester.  January anniversaries present an interesting study in both the pomp and fragility of power.  Few occasions can compete with American presidential inaugurations for extravagant

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Johann Von Staupitz had no idea what he was getting into when he first met Martin Luther in 1506.  Luther had recently left his legal studies at the University of Erfurt to embrace a life of monastic rigor in the Augustinian monastery.  He brought with him a deepening spiritual crisis

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Private Hugh White stamped his feet and rubbed his hands together to warm them in the blistering cold of a March evening in Boston. Snow blanketed the ground around the Custom House he was tasked to guard. Royal revenue collected at the cost of antagonizing King George III’s colonial subjects

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I had a pastor friend who at one time I considered to be a mentor. Sadly, he proved to be a disappointment both as a friend and as a mentor. I remember as a very young minister standing in the midst of a meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention where

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One of my Facebook friends posted a rather bizarre photo a couple of years ago. He and his sons professed a fervent evangelical Christian faith and also a strong dedication to the “Tea Party” political ideologies of very limited government and few taxes. They are also strong proponents of constitutional

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“Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not,

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No, I’m not talking about those pilgrims. Though the thought does raise the question of whether William Bradford would have created the Plymouth Plantation Podcast had such wizardry existed in his time. I’m using the term pilgrim in the more general sense of one who goes on a physical or

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Any new innovations in information technology promise to open the doors of human knowledge wider for a larger number of people. The invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century is hailed as a revolution in the democratizing of access to knowledge. Both the continuing wave of Renaissance humanism

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Pandemics have stressed the fabric of human social structures throughout the course of history. Times of rampant sickness with their associated physical, mental, social, and spiritual tolls strip away the veneer of human societies to show us at our most vulnerable and most visceral. Sometimes people like what they see

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I grew up in a Southern Baptist world filled with sacred tunes of both the vintage and contemporary variety. Ironically, the tune that has framed my spiritual experience more than any other stemmed not from a nineteenth-century revivalist hymn writer but from a soft rock band born in the synthesized

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