Carmen Fowler LaBerge

CP Op-Ed Contributor

American Tribalism and the Vast Hopeful Middle

People at the extremes do not talk to or with each other but they often talk about one another in openly hostile, demeaning and pejorative terms. But note, together they only constitute 14% of the American electorate. That means that the majority – the vast majority, 67% – are not extreme, not highly polarized politically and basically stuck in the middle.

What Would You Do for a Scoop of Rocky Roe v. Wade?

"Is the hot weather and political climate getting you down? It's time to eat more ice cream!" NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon wrote on its Facebook page advertising Rocky Roe v Wade ice cream to support abortion. Even as we grieve the point at which we have arrived in our common life, let us never forget the words the Pro-life Psalmist wrote in Psalm 34:8, "O taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed are those who take refuge in Him."

No, Rudy Giuliani, Truth Is Not in the Eye of the Beholder

In the ongoing political conversation about whether or not the President of the United States will sit down with Robert Mueller for an interview related to the question of Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 election, one of the President's lawyers, Rudy Giuliani said "truth is in the eye of the beholder."

Our Foul-Mouthed Culture and the Bible

Think for a moment about the words you've spoken in the last hour, the last day, the last week. Have the words of your mouth (those you've spoken out loud, those you've spoken on social media) and the meditations of your heart been acceptable in light of God's holiness and our holy calling?

Keep Proclaiming Jesus in the Face of Hostility

We should come to expect the unbelieving world will be hostile toward those who are aligned with a Lord it does not acknowledge and a God it rejects. But when people are taking pot shots at us, we recognize the real target of their rage is Jesus. They are really aiming at Him.

3 Ways Christians Are on the Sidelines of Cultural Conversations

Some will immediately protest that Christians are not on the sidelines, but loudly engaged in cultural debates in ways that certainly don't honor the Christ whose name they bear. That drives other Christians away from engagement because they don't want to be associated with a presentation of the Truth that is ugly and mean. Then there is the sideline crowd.

Understanding the Free Speech Debate

Free speech protects the kind of speech we don't like. It seems obvious, but popular speech doesn't need protection because it has the benefit of public or political support. Currently, as we find more and more speech offensive, the question is raised, "do we want to extend protections to that speech?"

Christians Believe in Supremacy — in Christ

In all of this talk about supremacy: I want to be very clear. Christians believe in supremacy. In fact, Christians believe in exclusive absolute supremacy. Shocked? But I'm not talking about purple supremacy or green supremacy, black supremacy or white supremacy.