David P. Gushee

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FIRST-PERSON: Supporting the marriage amendment in Tenn.

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Tennessee voters in November will have the choice of whether to ratify an amendment to the state constitution that reads as follows: “The historical institution and legal contract solemnizing the relationship of one man and one woman shall be the only legally recognized marital contract in this state.” I support this amendment as one part of an overall approach to strengthening marriage.

FIRST-PERSON: When children are sacrificed

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--When scholars write the history of the late 20th century western world, the major story may well be our systematic and unjust sacrificing of the needs, interests and rights of children on the altar of the needs, interests and (supposedly more important) rights of adults.

FIRST-PERSON: Dayna Curry, Heather Mercer & the future of Christianity

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--The Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer story is simply irresistible. Two young American women go to Afghanistan to meet human needs and share their Christian faith clandestinely. They are imprisoned by the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban regime, which becomes our nation's number one enemy after Sept. 11. After a harrowing two months locked up in a war zone, they are suddenly rescued by U.S. Special Forces. Of such stories are blockbuster movies made.

FIRST-PERSON: The unborn & the unwanted need a voice & a refuge

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--With each year's passing of the Roe v. Wade decision permitting abortion on demand in America, it remains the case that one of the most dangerous places to be in our land is inside a mother's womb. This is precisely the opposite of how things should be, and shows that our concern for human life in this nation remains selective at best.

FIRST-PERSON: The dangerous politics of cultural despair

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--While it is always risky to draw historical analogies, a legitimate parallel can be identified between the Germany of the early 20th century and the Muslim world today. The condition they share is the politics of cultural despair.

FIRST-PERSON On the brink of war: Finding a distinctive Christian voice

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--The New Republic, a major national newsweekly, arrived in my mailbox the other day. Its cover offered an evening-time picture of New York City. In the foreground was the Statue of Liberty. In the background, framing that famous statue, were the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in all their vastness and solidity. The headline read: "It Happened Here."