Kristin Kobes Du Mez on political conflict in west Michigan churches (video)

Calvin historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez, author of New York Times best seller Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation appeared on local news channel WOOD TV8 alongside Michael Gulker, president of the Colossian Forum for a Q&A and reaction to WOOD's Target 8 feature: "Under God, Divisible: Political conflict deepens rift among Christians." Professor Du Mez is also interviewed for the feature article.

The Good Soldier: The Tragedy of Colin Powell

Jim Bratt This post originally appeared in The Twelve: Reformed Done Daily on November 8, 2021. Colin Powell at a meeting of the national security council at the White House on the day following the 9/11 attacks in 2001 with, from left, Donald Rumsfeld, President George W Bush and Dick Cheney. Photograph: Doug Mills/AP Colin Powell …

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Afghanistan: A 9/11 Postmortem

Jim Bratt This post originally appeared in The Twelve: Reformed Done Daily on September 13, 2021. Labor Day was always a melancholy holiday for me as a kid. You know the tune: last day of summer, days getting shorter, return to school, parents getting their work-face on. It was extra painful for me because September …

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I Rise to Speak in Favor of the Discipline I Taught

by Bob Schoone-Jongen In the wake of President Trump’s embrace of “patriotic history” at the National Archives on Thursday, I rise to speak in favor of the discipline I taught, studied, researched, and wrote about for decades. I also rise to oppose categorically the debauched definition of history he espoused in that hallowed national space …

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Christianity and Evangelicalism

by Jim Bratt. As prominent evangelical leaders recently gathered at Wheaton, IL, to discuss how the Trump era “has unleashed [a] ‘grotesque caricature’ of their faith,” historian James Bratt weighs in with some thoughts on Christianity and Evangelicalism, and the death (and resurrection) of a movement. This post originally appeared on The Anxious Bench and is re-published with …

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April 4, 50 Years Out

by Kristin Kobes Du Mez. Fifty years. Fifty years since the shot rang out. Since Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Over the years there has been a lot of reflection on the legacy of King, our “inconvenient hero.” But 50 years out, how do we confront …

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