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Did the Greatest Generation ‘fail’ us? Larry in Fox News

Did the Greatest Generation fail us? Some historians seem to think so. When I was a graduate student in history, it was my great privilege to learn from celebrated historian Forrest McDonald, a man who made his reputation trashing leftist nonsense. In guiding my thesis, he cautioned me against a

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God’s Grace vs. Man’s Judgment by Lauri Taunton

Last week I wrote about wonderful truths I had learned and experienced as I walked through some hard times. I learned God can be trusted. His plan for redeeming us as broken sinners is as real as the wine and bread we partake of in holy communion. I can testify,

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My Take: Who would Jesus vote for? Larry in CNN

Jesus isn’t up for re-election this year. He’s an uncontested incumbent of sorts. But that hasn’t stopped presidential candidates from claiming his endorsement and hoping to ride his royal robe into the White House. They invoke his name to summon votes the way his Apostles once used it to make

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The Politics of Notre Dame, Larry in The American Spectator

When you heard Notre Dame was ablaze, did you think Islamic terrorism might be involved? I did. And with the origin of the fire still uncertain that remains a valid avenue of inquiry. Muslim extremists have attacked the landmark before, have threatened to attack it again, and are now gloating

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Band of Brothers, Part 3

Band of Brothers, Part 3: Into the Void “On the 22nd of April 1951, 350,000 Chinese troops launched their largest offensive of the Korean War.  The attack broke the 6th Republic of [South] Korea Division that retreated 21 miles, leaving the right flank of the U.S. 24th Infantry Division exposed.

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Walls Make Good Neighbors — Ask South Korea

This Article Appeared On: The American Spectator. February 4, 2019 I sat half asleep in the front passenger seat of a Hyundai SUV only vaguely aware of the countryside through which we were passing. The warmth of the car and the bright sunshine belied a colder and grimmer reality. I was

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“Jihad in the Cathedral,” Larry in The American Spectator

On January 6th, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland, hosted a guest reader for this Scottish Episcopal Church’s Feast of the Epiphany worship service. The reader was neither clergy nor Christian layman. Indeed, the reader was not a Christian at all. Moreover, the reading was not from the Bible, the

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“America on Trial,” Larry in the American Spectator

At home it’s a show trial. What about the rest of the world? “Your graphic of the Flag of this great Nation is unacceptable,” began @ronwilliamswv’s tweet blasting me. “UnAmerican. To be cute, it is depicted as flying upside down? Awful.” “It’s not meant to be ‘cute’ or ‘unAmerican,’” I

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Weld Magazine article on “The Grace Effect”

Larry Taunton, founder and executive director of the Fixed Point Foundation, seemed almost breathless as he entered the Sunday school classroom at Highlands United Methodist Church to sign books and speak, passionate about the Christian principle he terms “common grace.” His book The Grace Effect spans two years, beginning and

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“Bringing Jesus to the Super Bowl” USA Today

If you think the Super Bowl is just a big football game featuring large, sweaty men repeatedly colliding with one another, consider this: last year’s game drew 111.3 million viewers, making it the most watched event in U.S. television history vi— for the third year in a row. According to

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“Amazon’s Faith in America,” Larry in USA Today

During the holiday season, Amazon released a new commercial. It depicts a Catholic priest and a Muslim cleric meeting for a cup of tea in what appears to be the priest’s home. It all looks very friendly with smiles, laughter, and even a close-up of the priest patting the imam’s forearm

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“Islam and Christianity Are Not Comparable,” Larry in USA Today

Christians Have Waged Their Own Holy Wars” was yet another annoying headline, this one in the Miami Herald. It seems that every time someone is beheaded, shot (by children, no less), or burned alive by ISIL, there is this inevitable handwringing over the violent history of — Christianity. Confused? So am I. Precisely

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“The Anti-Tebow Bias Isn’t About Football,” Larry in USA Today

How often do self-righteous football commentators have occasion to lament the behavior of modern players: Chad Johnson‘s reality show and “Ocho-Cinco” publicity stunt; Adam “Pac-Man” Jones’ nightclub incidents; Michael Vick‘s dog-fighting hobby; and the never-ending soap opera that is Brett Favre. The modern athlete is, they say, selfish, all about the money, and

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“Candy-Assed Christians,” Larry in Fox News

In July 2012 I was speaking at a youth retreat in the mountains of Tennessee when I received a call from CNN.  It seemed that Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy had publicly commented on the issue of same-sex marriage and now the gay mafia were out to destroy him and his

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“When Bedford Falls Becomes Pottersville,” Larry in CNN

(CNN) – My favorite Christmas movie is, unquestionably, Frank Capra’s 1946 feel-good flick “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed play George and Mary Bailey, a happy couple living a life of genteel poverty in the small American town of Bedford Falls. George is a kind and generous man.

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“Christopher Hitchens and the Hound of Heaven” Brian Mattson’s review of “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens” The Gospel Coalition

One difficulty reviewing Larry Alex Taunton’s new book—The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist—is deciding on a genre. While the back of the book categorizes it as “Biography/Autobiography/Religious,” I’ve decided it primarily belongs to a time-honored American storytelling tradition: the road trip. Christopher

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“Ye of Brittle Faith,” Larry in First Things

On December 15, 2011, Christopher Hitchens died of esophageal cancer. Some remember him as a man of the left who, after 9/11, converted to a kind of neoconservatism; others remember him as an atheist provocateur and serial blasphemer. For me, Christopher Hitchens was much more than either of these things.

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“Listening to Young Atheists,” Larry in The Atlantic

 The Atlantic “Church became all about ceremony, handholding, and kumbaya,” Phil said with a look of disgust. “I missed my old youth pastor. He actually knew the Bible.” I have known a lot of atheists. The late Christopher Hitchens was a friend with whom I debated, road tripped, and even

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