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I came across this article on CNN (there’s a corresponding video as well). The article is about how young evangelicals represent an important swing-voting bloc and they are not a lock to vote republican as their parents were. The picture above is of Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution (which I’ve read) and Jesus For President (which I haven’t read). I don’t agree with everything Claiborne says, but I appreciate his wake up call to evangelicals to articulate a more holistic political policy that reflects the heart of Jesus.

I thought these lines from the article were interesting: “Their feet are firmly planted on issues dear to both parties. Traditional family values are, as they have been in the past, an important issue. But these voters say views on abortion and homosexuality won’t define them in November. The environment and social justice are moving to the forefront of their discussions.” Again, I wouldn’t associate myself with everything Claiborne articulates, but at the same time I think he’s on to something when it comes to the importance of Christians identifying themselves with Jesus and his agenda, and not too closely with the agenda of any one political party. There’s something wrong with having to decide between abortion and care for the poor, or family values and care of the environment. These are all important to God.

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Anthony Bradley, professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology at Covenant Seminary (where I attended) was interviewed by Glenn Beck on CNN’s Headline News about black liberation theology:

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I’m disappointed to say that the Friday Night Forum on race at Barnes & Noble was not recorded because I neglected to turn on the microphone used for recording! Rob Prestowitz, director of UrbanPromise in Wilmington did a great job of getting at the heart of the race issue. The best I can do is direct you to the book resources that were associated with the event. Sorry…

Check out this blog post by Lance Lewis, pastor of Christ Liberation Fellowship in West Philly. Christ Liberation is in the same denomination in which I pastor. I thought this would be good to post with the upcoming Friday Night Forum on race that my church is sponsoring. This post by Lance Lewis, an african-american, highlights some of the major differences in how white and black Christians view race and approach political issues.

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You should consider attending the next Friday Night Forum sponsored by my church if you are able. The forum is next Friday, March 14th from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Barnes & Noble on 4801 Concord Pike. Join us for coffee and conversation as Rob Prestowitz, executive director of Urban Promise in Wilmington, speaks on “The Content of Your Character: Conversations on Race and Justice.” The brief lecture will focus on issues of race and justice in 2008 and our responsibility for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream. There will be time for discussion afterwards. Please come regardless of your religious persuasion. This is a community forum, not a church forum. I hope to see you at Barnes & Noble next Friday! Click here for more information and to hear audio from previous Friday Night Forum lectures.

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Click here for audio from the Friday Night Forum on orphan care

Sorry I haven’t posted much lately. I’ve been busy gearing up for ministry stuff this fall. I hope to settle into a normal routine of blogging in the next week. Until then I want to use the next few days to make you locals aware of some things upcoming in the near future.

For those of you who live around Wilmington, you should consider attending the next Friday Night Forum sponsored by my church. The forum will take place this Friday, September 14th from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Barnes & Noble on Concord Pike. Join us for coffee and conversation as Jim Weaver, pastor of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Middletown, Delaware speaks on “Orphan Care: Pursuing Justice for the World’s Most Vulnerable.” The brief lecture will focus on the plight of orphans around the world and how we might respond. After the lecture there will be opportunity for discourse. Please come regardless of your religious persuasion. This is a community forum, not a church forum. I hope to see you at Barnes & Noble this Friday!

About Friday Night Forum:
Our purpose is to offer engaging presentations and discussions on current cultural topics. Though the presentations are delivered from a Christian perspective, the approach is respectful and tolerant, not coercive. Each presentation is approximately 45 minutes and is followed by a question and answer time.

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I have a friend who is working with the International Justice Mission (IJM) this summer. She brought to my attention that IJM has been selcted as a finalist in a national competition of non-profit organizations. This is a great organization that stands in the gap for victims of oppression around the world who are left without an advocate. The $100,000 rewarded to the non-profit that receives the most votes would go a long way for the thousands of victims IJM advocates for.

Help IJM by casting a vote. Go to www.rezoom.com/abetterworld, create an account, and then log in every day until August 10th to cast votes for IJM.

Also, be sure to read Jeff Robinson’s post below.

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