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Mark Steyn, James Lileks, and Tennessee Governor Phil Bredeson (D); Plus, Raising A Little Hell

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Fun line up of guests today. Instapundit has been touting Tennessee’s Phil Bredeson as the sort of Democrat the Democrats need to elevate in the public eye. He’ll lead off hour three. Columnist to the World Steyn and Lileks will both be asked to opine on Senator Obama’s 2005 recording of his 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father.

Plus, a public service for my non-religious friends. For those who never attend church and who think Jeremiah Wright’s sermon is a typical sermon, I’m going to play some excerpts from a much more typical sermon, one which some friends of mine recommend I download and listen to, by Kenton Beshore, pastor of Mariners Church in Orange County on February 24 of this year. If you’d like to listen to the entire sermon, it is here. The subject: Hell. Note that Beshore stresses theology, scripture, and personal repentance and responsibility, not politics.

My guess is that 95% of sermons preached in America’s protestant and Catholic churches, Mormon stakes, Jewish synagogues and I hope Muslim mosques are not political.

A new poll out today shows that one in 10 Americans mistakenly believe that Senator Obama is a Muslim. I’ll bet a higher percentage believe that churches debate politics often. In fact, only a few do. Most faith centers on issues wholly unrelated to politics.

My Texas pal Dr. Mark Roberts recently had to make a statement of faith on the occasion of joining his new Presbytery in the Hill Country where he move to become senior director of Laity Lodge. He posted the statement of faith that he put together using sacred music, and I think if you’ll read through it you’ll get my point in a much more beautiful way than I can make it. The controversy surrounding Jeremiah Wright shouldn’t obscure the truth that Christians agree on much more than they disagree, and most churches emphasize these central teachings, not the political debates of the secular world.

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