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The Continuing Call – “Come Out!”

I wrote before about one of the great, though perhaps not so well known, heroines from our American past – Abby Kelley Foster . She was a great fighter for civil rights and an end to slavery, and for women’s voting rights, during the Civil War period and beyond. What she is most remembered for […]

Abby Kelley Foster & “Come-Outerism” – High Noon for Republicans & Evangelicals

James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

Judgment Day

30,000,000 jobless claims total now, a tip of the iceberg. 1,000,000 people infected with the coronavirus, 60,000 dead so far. Hunger lines, cars lining up for miles, searching for food. A stock market gyrating wildly, searching for solid ground, for a way, any way, towards profit, towards gold, with no connection to the reality of […]

Among Neanderthals

In antediluvian times – going back several hundred thousand years, men and women roamed the landscape – called Neanderthal, not quite human, but a subspecies of the genus Homo, closely related to all of us today. They led lives obscure until about 30,000 years ago. Then came Cro-Magnon men and women, early modern humans. For […]

Abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster & “Come-outerism”.

  This is Liberty Farm, a National Historic Landmark in Worcester, Massachusetts, where Abby Kelley Foster (1811-1887) lived most of her married life with her husband, Stephen Symonds Foster. Abby Kelley Foster is a name most of us are not familiar with.  She was one of the many extraordinary women from our American past who […]

Thomas Paine & The Age of Reason

This memorial to Thomas Paine stands in the town of New Rochelle, New York, where Paine lived from 1802 to 1806. Many people are aware of Paine’s contributions, especially his authorship of the inspiring pamphlets, “Common Sense” and “American Crisis”, which led to his being called the “Father of the American Revolution.” Not so many […]

Trump & Pence: Nuclear Weapons & Christianity

In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump called for a modernization of our nuclear arsenal – to create a nuclear arsenal “so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of agression.” This means sending more money after the trillions of dollars we have already spent on nuclear weapons.  The United States […]

Maybe We Need A New Religion

Sometime ago, I read a report of a young ten-or-eleven year old boy, who, after being exposed to continuing newspaper and television reports about the fighting going on all over the Middle East, involving Christians, Muslims and Jews, remarked: “Maybe we need a new religion.” Certainly, this week’s Senate election in Alabama highlights the relevance […]

The Sexual Abuse Chasm; God in the White House

So Al Franken is the latest businessman or performer or politician to bite the dust over allegations of sexual misconduct. Women are coming forward.  No doubt it’s long past due to clear the decks about sex and the abuse of power. But the Republican Party is an anomaly.  They view things differently. The most glaring […]

Evangelicalism on Trial, For All to See

So more than 150 evangelical leaders across the country have just put themselves on record, in part as follows: ‘We affirm that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.” “We deny that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is […]