Tag Archives: Dan Stiver

It’s Now in Your Hands

By DAN R. STIVER In the aftermath of the landmark conviction of Derek Chauvin over the murder of George Floyd, a case that riveted the nation and the world, I had swirling feelings and thoughts. I was then struck by the words of lead prosecutor and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who for me hit so many notes so well.

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Heloise: Troubled Saint and Lover

By DAN STIVER For women’s history month, an ancient woman who comes to my mind is Heloise, from the twelfth century (c. 1095-1163). She may not be a contributor to U.S. history, but she is a notable contributor to church history. As Wikipedia states, “Her surviving letters are considered a foundation of French and European literature and primary inspiration for

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Moral Disgust

By DAN R. STIVER As I watched television throughout the day Wednesday, January 6, riveted and horrified at the scenes unfolding before my eyes and the eyes of the world, I kept thinking that this was a 9/11 moment, one which will be remembered and whose scenes will be viewed by my grandchildren’s grandchildren. It did not have the same

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Religious Habits of U.S. teens–Especially Evangelicals

By DAN STIVER In September, the Pew Research Center published a report of their study of U.S. teenagers and their religious identity (https://www.brookings.edu/research/a-time-to-heal-a-time-to-build/?preview_id=1072489&fbclid=IwAR0TsM2ZTK1f3a7WpYkm9APCsMvgkUEWpcDLqy3dmt3OPh1VouplA9KbuUs). Among other things, they found that teenagers share the religious affiliation of their families; it is higher among evangelicals and Catholics, about 80 percent, than in mainline denominations, at 55 percent. The pattern holds even more for

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STIVER, COPELAND AIC SPEAKERS

Hardin-Simmons University professors Dan Stiver and Tom Copeland will be guest speakers for the November meeting of the Abilene Interfaith Council at noon Tuesday. Topic is “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.” The public is invited to the meeting, which begins at noon in Gerhart Hall at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest,

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THE BIBLE: HOW TO READ IT

By DAN STIVER A recent Barna study of Bible appreciation and usage among Americans (here referring to people in the U.S.) is encouraging (https://www.barna.com/research/state-of-the-bible-2018-seven-top-findings/). It indicates that half of all American people use the Bible, many “give a lot of thought” to it, and many find it helps them to be better people. This is significant in light of reports

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JESUS AT OUR BORDERS

By Dr. DAN STIVER In April, the administration instituted a new policy of dealing with immigrants at the border, which has involved heart-wrenching scenes of forcibly taking children and babies from their parents. This policy was a dramatic change from two previous presidents of both parties, Bush and Obama, over 16 years, including this administration’s own policy for the first

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