campaign prayers

Hillary Went Long On Prayers Today

My wife and I went to hear Hillary Clinton today in downtown Des Moines. We always have to pump up our resolve to attend political events like this because they are often standing only venues. This was two hours of standing. While I would prefer candidates skip prayers and religious expression, today’s went in a…
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light

What Is The White Light People See At Near Death

There is a physiological explanation for the white light and the highly charged dreams people experience when near death. We’ve all heard the stories about people who are near death and then come around to live on. They write books about their encounters with the divine, passing through bright chambers, hearing angels and such. Skeptics…
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yoga

Christianity Blew It

It is common for people who remain religious to be optimistic about people returning to the faith even though masses are now leaving. Any look at the polling statistics will make one pessimistic about a big return to the faith. One could imagine an eventual large scale return to the faith if those who left…
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emptychurch

What Happens To All The Empty Churches

Each year in the U. S., 4,000 churches close. About 1,000 new churches start up. A few others leave one building and move to another. We all know that some of these church buildings were substantial. An old church started by black people here in Des Moines was just sold to an apartment developer who…
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flagdress

Is This Election A Fight Over Our National Narrative

Are we a nation of goodness or bad? This link talks of a national narrative that the author, the President of Union Theological Seminary, thinks we used to have but have lost. The narrative has been this: We are a country always moving toward something better. He thinks our shared national has a religious component.…
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