Paul Prather

Paul Prather

Allow preachers to endorse candidates? It’s help we didn’t need

An executive order by President Donald Trump, allowing clergy to endorse political candidates from the pulpit without fear of losing their tax-exempt status, was much ado about nothing — except for the bellicose few who get all the air time and the ink, those perpetually offended would-be kingmakers who oppose any restraint of their egos, including common sense or their parishioners’ feelings.

Paul Prather

My column on Trump, Christians went viral. Then I got a lesson in the politics of fear.

A column I wrote a year ago about why so many Christians were backing Donald Trump has gone viral. I’ve received lots of email messages about it, including one that included an article written by journalist and lawyer Amanda Taub that synthesizes a growing body of academic research on authoritarianism. In scholarly circles, “authoritarianism” refers not to political strongmen but to a common personality type among voters who support strongmen.

Paul Prather

Want to cheer yourself up? Try practicing gratitude

In intellectual circles, gratitude can be regarded as unsophisticated, and cynicism as cool. Nonetheless, I believe this to be true: we’re happier and feel more fulfilled and better help those around us live productively when we choose to be grateful rather than resentful or self-pitying or nihilistic.

Paul Prather

There is a Christian way to challenge President Donald Trump

I did not vote for Mr. Trump. I think he’s definitely dangerous to the republic and potentially dangerous to humanity. A man who can’t responsibly handle a Twitter account probably shouldn’t be entrusted with the nuclear football. The question then: How should I, and other Christians who disagree with the present condition of the nation, respond?

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When recruiting, John Calipari does not need to hype his history of producing NBA players. " That's just his swag," De'Aaron Fox said.
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Calipari talks about his players, UK recruits and more from USA Basketball camp