The KKK Rally that Disrupted Plans to Assassinate MLK in Yellow Springs, OH

HE year was 1965. Martin Luther was scheduled to speak at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, the school his wife Coretta Scott King attended. There was a plot to assassinate him while in town to speak at the event. It was called off due to a KKK rally in another Ohio town about thirty minutes away.

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God’s Editors?

LL of us fail at some point to live up to what we see as our moral code. That should not be confused with disagreeements about what is indeed the moral code. So many contemporary issues trace their way back to what is the source of the moral code and who is able to tinker with it. That’s a point I tried to make in recent interviews about the United Methodist Church.

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Why Star Wars Shouldn’t Work But Does (No Spoilers)

MERICA had recently pulled out of Vietnam. The hippy movement was in full swing. A lot of people were sick of the kind of “progress” that led to the prolonged conflict. A whole lot of influences converged to make people look to the East, and away from the West, for a better way. And Star Wars was born.

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Are You the Son of God?

UKE’S Gospel includes the most famous passage about the Incarnation thanks to Charlie Brown’s friend Linus. Luke then gives precious few details about Jesus’s childhood, mainly an anecdote about Jesus getting left behind in a Temple. The next logical step is for Luke to trace out Jesus’s genealogy. I’m kidding. It kind of doesn’t make sense why he does it that way.

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A New Way of Seeing Theological Triage

HEOLOGICAL Triage” is a term I first learned at Southern Seminary as developed and explained by Dr. Albert Mohler. It is a way of differentiating issues that are central to the gospel from those that are denominational distinctives, or even preferential. It has been a really helpful model for me. But starting today, I’m going to change the way I explain it.

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Blind Science and Lame Religion

LBERT Einstein famously said, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” His point seems to be that these two disciplines have a complex but not unnecessary relationship. To understand the workings of the physical world we need science. But science cannot tell us all we may want to know.

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Charles Darwin’s Letter to Billy Graham

HARLES  Darwin once wrote a letter to Billy Graham. Not the one you’re thinking of. The American evangelist was born thirty-six years after the British scientist’s death. The Graham to whom Darwin wrote was a Victorian philosopher and mathematician who challenged the scientific outlook of Darwin and others as a sort of religious conviction. In his 1881 book, Graham described Darwin’s view as The Creed of Science.

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Kanye, Christ, and C.S. Lewis

‘M thinking he was going for stylistically gospel,” Lecrae said of Kanye West’s 2016 album “The Life of Pablo.” “If he’s talking about the content, I think it’s another story altogether.” Three years later, Kanye’s new release “Jesus Is King” aims for both gospel style and gospel content. West explains the marked difference as a result of his radical conversion to Christ.

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In Search of Sentience

S far as I can remember, I was eight or nine years old when I was first introduced to the idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI). It was when my parents rented the movie D.A.R.Y.L., a film about a family who discovered their foster child was really a government creation, a boy’s body animated by a chip processor for a brain.

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