Last Week, Today: Speak truth to Trump

Essential Reads on Faith, Politics & Culture

Update: For those of you in Atlanta, Michael will be speaking tomorrow night in Emory University on "The Politics We Need: Faith, the Presidential Election and the Choices Ahead," as part of Emory's lecture series on faith and politics.

Speak truth to Trump

Andy Crouch, executive editor of Christianity Today, lays out in stark terms why the choice to vote for Trump out of "reluctant strategic calculation" is an idolatrous act. "Strategy becomes idolatry when we betray our deepest values in pursuit of earthly influence," he writes.

Evangelical exiles: How Trump is driving some believers away from the GOP

Jon Ward profiles two examples of a new generation of evangelicals: Jim Daly, the new president of Focus on the Family, and Michelle Higgins, an Urbana evangelical speaker and Black Lives Matter activist.

Standing by Donald Trump, Pat Robertson calls lewd video ‘macho talk’

Although some evangelical leaders and theologians, such as Wayne Grudem, pulled back their support of Trump after the leaked recording, several leaders -- James Dobson, Jerry Fallwell Jr. and Pat Robertson -- are justifying Trump's behavior.

The deep disgust for Hillary Clinton that drives so many evangelicals to support Trump

Sarah Pulliam Bailey digs into the archives of the '90s to explain why many evangelicals have a long-bred, visceral aversion to Hillary Clinton. Michael is quoted in this article.

Turning 40 while single and childless

Bethany Jenkins pens a poignant reflection on what it feels like to desire children as a single, childless woman, as well as the spiritual family that a church can provide.

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