Imagine… There’s No Hell

by Kenneth Hines on November 3, 2014

Last week John Shore, a progressive Christian author and editor of a group blog called “Unfundamentalist Christians” and LGBT rights advocate,  posted an article on Patheos with this headline: “What Christianity without hell looks like.” As you can imagine a post like this is bound to attract a huge amount of hits. After all, who likes hell?


He opens with this thesis:

“The idea that the Bible declares hell a real and literal place is no more valid than the toxic lie that the Bible condemns homosexuality.

Yet the idea that hell is real persists. Why? Because over the centuries those in pos[……]

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Martyrdom vs. Flabby Christianity

by Kenneth Hines on September 28, 2013

Rasha called her fiance Atef on his cell phone. A rebel answered and told her that they captured Atef and had given him the option of converting to Islam. He refused. So they slit his throat.

Orthodox Christian Funeral in Syria

Atef was engaged to be married to Rasha. They are Christians and they lived in the ancient Christian village of Maaloula in Syria where the residents still speak Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke. Earlier this month the village was attacked by rebels of the Free Syrian Army made up of Jihadist factions from all over the Middle East including members of Al-Qaeda.

Kirsten Powers wrote yesterday in the D[……]

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Martin Luther King, Jr. and St. Moses the Black

by Kenneth Hines on August 28, 2013

He was the slave of a prominent citizen. He escaped and became a gang leader and criminal who committed multiple felonies including robbery and murder.

St. Moses the Black

He was large threatening black man who, if he lived today, could have sung the rap song “Meat Cleaver” by Brotha Lynch Hung.

“Cut niggas up, sector by sector/Next to her dead, first cousin and nephew/Next to her head, bloody intestines/Next to her bed, other intestines”

Today the Church commemorates St. Moses the Black. He led a large gang of robbers up and down the Nile River in northeastern Africa. He became a hunted man and sought refug[……]

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Princess Di, Mother Theresa and St. Elizabeth

by Kenneth Hines on July 18, 2013

If People magazine had been around at the end of the 19th century Elizabeth Feodorovna would have been on the cover – many times.

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feordorovna

It is said she was one of the most beautiful women in the Europe of her day. But physical beauty is not what mattered for her. Her beauty came from within.

Elizabeth was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England and older sister to Alexandra, wife of Tsar Nicholas II. She was born on November 1, 1864, the daughter of Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom. She was nicknamed Ella. She died on July 18, 1918 at the age of 53. Her[……]

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Tornado Relief the Starbucks Way

by Kenneth Hines on May 29, 2013

If you donate any amount Starbucks today for the “OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund” you’ll receive a free Tall Brewed Coffee with their thanks. And the people devastated by the tornados in Moore, OK will thank you too!

Starbucks free coffee for donation to tornado disaster

This is the way America is supposed to work. When disaster strikes we help each other. And by helping each other I don’t mean the government. I mean we help each other as individuals, families, churches, communities, fraternity organizations, etc.

Or, I should say that’s how we used to do it.

But that’s not what you see in the media. Our television screens are filled with ima[……]

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Why Diversity Is Not the Issue

by Kenneth Hines on May 28, 2013

In a recent visit to New Hampshire Rand Paul exhorted the GOP,

“The main thing is not to talk about me so much but about how to grow the party,” the senator told a press conference before the dinner.

Diversity and the GOP

And that is what he focused on at the podium.

“We need to be like the rest of America,” Paul told the gathering. “We need to grow bigger. If you want to be the party of white people, we’re winning all the white vote. But we’re a diverse nation,” he said, to a crowd that was almost entirely white. “We’re going to win when we look like America. We need to be white, we need to be brown, we need[……]

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A Christian Answer to Poverty and Welfare

by Kenneth Hines on August 17, 2011

There is a great deal of confusion today regarding what the Christian response to poverty should be.

Christian answer to poverty

The Apostle James makes our responsibility clear:

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world…What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are neede[……]

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“What Would Jesus Cut?”

by Kenneth Hines on August 16, 2011

Evangelical progressives, led by Jim Wallis of Sojourners ministry and the author of the “God’s Politics Blog”, want you to feel guilty about the budget cuts in the 2011 Federal Budget passed by the Congress and called “historic” by the mainstream media.

Leading up to the vote, Wallis rallied the troops with his “What Would Jesus Cut” campaign saying that the cuts “would be devastating for domestic programs…”

Originally, the Republicans wanted to cut $61B from the 2011 budget. Democrats wanted to cut $4.7B. The final vote that came on April 8 (near the midnight hour narrowly averting a gover[……]

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A Conflict of Visions

by Kenneth Hines on July 19, 2011

Apart from both of us breathing air and walking upright, I have very little in common with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. Krugman is a radical progressive. A leftist among leftists. But as the proverbial broken clock is right twice a day – in Krugman’s case he might be right once a year – Krugman got something right last week.

There is a fundamental conflict of visions in American politics. 

In his column following President Obama’s Tuscon Memorial speech, Krugman wrote:
 “But the truth is that we are a deeply divided nation and are likely to remain one for a long time. By all mean[……]

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Sticks and Stones

by Kenneth Hines on June 29, 2011

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” So goes the childhood ditty.

In the wake of the Tucson attack there has been a rush to blame right-wing rhetoric for such violence. What is perplexing is how vehement and angry the charges have been. Just tune in to MSNBC any morning or night to see how rabid the left-wing pundits are against the right.

Following the shootings, Roger Ailes, President of Fox News Channel reportedly said, “I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually.”

Then President Obama had this to say at the memorial[……]

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