A Critique of the Netflix Series, The Family

Among the many offerings on Netflix television these days there’s a documentary called “The Family.” It is a hatchet job on a good man, and a good organization that calls itself “The Fellowship.” This video series is marked by distortions

A Franciscan Benediction

This prayer, coming from our Catholic brothers and sisters, should be the prayer of all Red Letter Christians. In our prayers, our hearts should be broken by the things that break the heart of God. That includes the suffering of

A Special Announcement

Starting on January 27th, I will begin a term of service as co-pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church, located at 13th and Tasker Streets in South Philadelphia. After that, I will be preaching most Sundays at the 10:30 am service.

Can America Be Great Again?

After surveying America, the brilliant French journalist, Alexis de Tocqueville declared: “America is great because America is good; and if America ever ceases to be good, it will cease to be great!” Now the question must be asked, “Is America

How to Get Ready to Die Without Pretending That It’s No Problem

One of the most remarkable sermons I ever heard was delivered by Norman Vincent Peale, at the Ocean City Tabernacle in Ocean City, New Jersey. At the age of 98, he stood fully energized before a packed-out house and declared,

A Counter-Cultural Church Grows in Brooklyn

Every Monday night at 10:30 p.m., more than 150 young people squeeze into a backroom theatre connected to a bar in Brooklyn, New York. They would never call their gathering a church but if you ever joined them, you wouldn’t

A Hot Movement in Roman Catholicism

The Catholics are beginning to beat Evangelicals at their own game. They are getting into door-to-door evangelism big time. In an outreach ministry called “The Way” started in Spain in 1964, there are now more than a million adherents in

At Last Evangelical Progressives Organize And Oppose The Alt-Right Evangelicals

Many progressive Evangelical leaders have become increasingly upset with the image (often unfairly) of all Evangelicals as being homophobic, anti-feminist, anti-environmentalist, anti-immigrant, and unabashed supporters of the Alt-Right Republican policies. Thirty of them responded to an invitation issued by Jim

Is Trump a Security Risk?

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son in law and one of his top advisors, lost his top security clearance because of his complex business arrangements and debts in foreign countries. To date, the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico are

Something Special in a Mainline Denominational Church

There was a time when mainline denominations shied away from conducting what might be called those “old fashioned revival meetings.” In efforts to portray themselves as thoughtful Christians, not carried away by emotional manipulations from the pulpit, mainline church leaders