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Jacob Lupfer

A contributing editor at RNS, Jacob Lupfer is a writer and consultant in Baltimore. His website is Follow him on Twitter at @jlupf. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily represent those of Religion News Service.

All Stories by Jacob Lupfer

Two cheers for the First Step Act

December 19, 2018

(RNS) — To continue to make progress in the next Congress, Republican-aligned groups will need to be as willing to work with liberal Democrats as they have with their own tribe.

‘Fat and Faithful’: A new book probes the spirituality of body image

September 11, 2018

(RNS) — As a teenager, J. Nicole Morgan believed that inner beauty matters most for Christians. Reality — not to mention diet devotionals — didn’t conform to those expectations.

Catholic-heavy Supreme Court moves right as the church moves left

July 11, 2018

(RNS) — The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would drive the ideology of the Catholics on the court further to the right and exacerbate the already heightened angst about the institution’s ever more conservative Catholic majority.

As Episcopalians meet, debate looms about their place in the Anglican world

July 5, 2018

(RNS) — As the Episcopal Church’s General Convention begins this week, a debate rages in many countries, including the United States, about whether the stalwart of mainstream American Protestantism can rightly claim to be the legitimate expression of Anglicanism.

Religious liberty: A US birthright for conservatives and progressives alike

June 29, 2018

(RNS) — Religious conservatives need to realize that they are not the only ones who believe religious freedom is a sacred right. And progressives, whether religious or not, should not dismiss the entire concept.

Pleas for border justice are aimed at the wrong end of Pennsylvania Avenue

June 15, 2018

(RNS) — Faith leaders are excoriating Trump and Sessions for recent immigration policy changes, but this crisis is Congress’ fault — specifically, House Republicans who have bet their survival on nativist politics.

What do evangelicals want from Trump on foreign policy?

June 13, 2018

(RNS) — As President Trump’s attention turns to international affairs, members of his loyal evangelical Protestant base need to ask themselves: What do we want out of U.S. foreign policy?

Cheers and caution for President Trump’s new faith-based initiative

May 4, 2018

(RNS) — I applaud the broad outline of President Trump’s faith initiative. Better late than never. But implementation will be key. This has to be done right.

Billy Graham should not lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda

February 26, 2018

(RNS) — The cause that Graham served with longevity and distinction is evangelical Protestantism, not the United States of America.

Why evangelical opposition to Russell Moore is deluded

March 14, 2017

(RNS) Anyone who thinks Russell Moore should lose his job is advancing a vile heresy and a dangerous idolatry — that Christian leaders should ardently praise the Republican Party’s chosen leader no matter how vile, obnoxious and un-Christian he is.

Ash Wednesday doesn’t need to sparkle

February 28, 2017

(RNS) I bristle at the notion that people have to put glitter in their Ash Wednesday ritual to properly welcome LGBT people.

The Christian intellectual tradition is alive and well

August 31, 2016

(RNS) So why have commentators bemoaned the absence of Christian thinkers as authoritative voices in American public debates?

How Georgetown fosters a civil debate on abortion (COMMENTARY)

April 14, 2016

(RNS) I find the conservative critique that “Georgetown is not Catholic enough” to be weak and misinformed.

On Ash Wednesday, I remember: I am a sinner. I will die (COMMENTARY)

February 10, 2016

(RNS) Ash Wednesday reminds us we are dead in our sins and, soon enough, dead in fact. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

Is Wheaton reconciled with Doc Hawk or with conservative evangelicals? (COMMENTARY)

February 9, 2016

(RNS) If separating from a tenured professor under a confidential agreement is “reconciliation,” then surely the word has no meaning.

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