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Mark Coppenger
Mark Coppenger is a retired professor, pastor, denominational worker, editor, and army reserve officer. Through the years, he’s done books on biblical justice, bioethics, apologetical ethics, arts in the church, philosophically freighted court cases, the philanthropic ministries of the Emmanuel Kampourises, and the spiritual history of Marshall University. He posts at markcoppenger.com.
by | Sep 17, 2022

In the early 2000s, when I was a bi-vocational pastor for an Evanston church on Chicago’s North Shore, my wife and I had something of a Sunday afternoon ritual — a three-mile walk down Sheridan Road to Carmen’s Pizza in…

by | Dec 11, 2021

We may be living in the golden age of funny insurance ads. (Funny ads about insurance, not ads about funny insurance.) You find the ever-amiable “Jake from State Farm” trying to persuade Aaron Rogers and Patrick Mahomes that regular people…

by | Oct 16, 2021

Recently, on a swing out West by train to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, my wife and I found ourselves walking up the hill from Fisherman’s Wharf into Joe DiMaggio’s old neighborhood, North Beach. I was surprised to find myself…

by | Jul 27, 2021

On December 1, 1969, we senior ROTC guys gathered in front of a dorm TV to watch the Vietnam War draft lottery. We’d already taken our enlistment oaths and completed our six-week basic training at Fort Sill. Come summer, we’d…

by | Mar 23, 2021

Back in my days as a Wheaton prof, I used a book of informal fallacies (those lacking mathematical precision) in my introduction to logic. As I recall, it listed 100 of these cheesy shortcuts. I was familiar with the classics…

by | Jan 23, 2021

Several years ago, I heard a Catholic radio commentator say that the Islamic Middle East was so focused on the “Great Satan” (America) and the “Little Satan” (Israel) that they might miss the fact that another “Satan” was approaching from…

by | Jan 13, 2021

Hours after perhaps a thousand Trump supporters misbehaved in the Capitol (while, outside, tens of thousands of Trump supporters were well-behaved), purple rhetoric was the order of the night in the Senate chamber. A lot of verbal striking was going…

by | Apr 11, 2020

About two million Brits enlisted in the Civil Defense Service in World War II, and nearly 2,400 of them lost their lives to enemy action. These were the fire wardens, the rescue party members, the messengers, and such who negotiated…

by | Jul 21, 2019

At a recent gathering of Baptists, an adept assured us that Critical Race Theory and Intersectional Theory supplied us with “analytical tools” offering us “selective insights” for employment in our quest to “understand multifaceted social dynamics.” We just had to…

by | Jun 8, 2018

I turn 70 this week, so I’m a certified codger. But I was a “codger” as a teenager in the 1960s, along with millions of other conservative evangelicals dismayed at the “revolutionary” and “consciousness-raising” developments adored by the media. We…

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