High Spirits

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Religious Stirrers

By From the November 2012 issue

Great minds made great waves in the Catholic and Anglican Churches.

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The Games of August

By From the October 2012 issue

The Church can learn so much from the Olympics.

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Advice for Septuagenarians

By From the September 2012 issue

Getting one's 70s right is an intriguing challenge.

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The Great Chuck Colson

By From the July - Aug 2012 issue

The evil that men do lives after them The good is oft interred with their bones

—Julius Caesar, act 3, scene 2

THESE SHAKESPEAREAN LINES are applicable to Charles W. Colson, whose recent obituaries filled much space but shed too little light on one of the most transformed lives of the 20th century.

The problem was that secular journalists found it difficult to reconcile the hatchet man of Watergate with the humble—indeed, holy—man of prison ministry. The connection between these two Colsons was for most of the obituarists a bridge too far, which could be crossed only with skepticism. Yet to his Christian friends and associates, Chuck Colson’s spiritual journey was an authentic modern parable of God’s grace.

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God Saves the Queen

By From the May 2012 issue

Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee is something to celebrate indeed.

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Burma’s New Day

By From the April 2012 issue

President Thein Sein is starting to look like an F.W. de Klerk figure of reconciliation.

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Preacher Maggie

By From the March 2012 issue

Was it a coicidence that Margaret Thatcher's speeches had the quality of sermons?

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Common Prayer, Uncommon Beauty

By From the February 2012 issue

The magnificent Book of Common Prayer has been going strong for 350 years.

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Soaring Down Under

By From the December 2011 - January 2012 issue

There's little chance Australia will settle for America's self-doubt or Europe's pessimism.

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Character and Leadership

By From the November 2011 issue

If you think some praise is due him,
Now's the time to slip it to him,
For he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead.

THESE LINES of Victorian doggerel tumbled out of the attic of my memory when I recently attended a banquet at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. to honor the founders of the Trinity Forum (TTF). This organization, often succinctly described as a Christ-centered Aspen Institute, has been dedicated for the past two decades to exploring the ideas that connect faith, character, and leadership.

A discussion group that arose from the ashes of the failed Carter administration in 1981 is surprisingly relevant to contemporary presidential politics as Obama stumbles toward the defeat many are predicting for him. For what TTF tries to do is reinvigorate leadership ideals with intelligent readings and arguments set in the context of faith.