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W. Scott Lamb

W. Scott Lamb

W. Scott Lamb is an author of biographies, literary agent and Baptist preacher. A native of St. Louis (go Cardinals!), he lives on a Tennessee hill outside of Nashville with his wife and six kids. Readers may email him at

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Ranking evangelical universities according to their Klout score

Everyone who uses social media has a Klout score, tabulated by based on an algorithmic look under the hood of all their social media presence and influence. Raw numbers of "likes" and "followers" aren't the ultimate barometer. Instead, the Klout score figures out how much your social media presence online leads the pack within your industry or interest. So how do Evangelical universities rank?

Politics and the pulpit illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The toothless Johnson Amendment

- The Washington Times

There are close to 350,000 churches and houses of worship in the United States. How many case examples of churches losing their tax-exempt status would make you afraid of this happening to your church? Statistically, a church building is far more likely to be hit by lightning, catch fire from bad wiring, or damaged by termites than a church congregation is to face a court battle over politics in the pulpit. But I bet most parishioners don't lie awake at night worrying about bugs or bad wiring.

Beautiful memoir from a post-White House aide to the Reagans

Peggy Grande's new memoir released this week by Hachette. Grande was fresh out of Pepperdine University when the Reagans returned to Southern California for the first taste of retirement -- if that's what you call the busy life they led during the years leading up to his disablement from Alzheimer's. Grande began as an intern and wound up working for 10 years, from 1989 to 1999 -- just after Reagan ceased coming into the office each day.

Irish rock star Bono speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Lagos, Nigeria Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) ** FILE **

Top quotes of the week from faith-related newsmakers and columnists

Strachan writes, "And do not forget the thick and terrible irony here: in a world of lies, with evil everywhere at hand, an agent of American government is acting to smash not a terrorist, not a law-breaker, but a well-loved woman who has done nothing other than live out her religious beliefs. This is wrong. This is a travesty. "Justice has miscarried this day.

U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black full remarks at National Prayer Breakfast (Screen-shot from C-SPAN video embedded below)

Two highlights from the National Prayer Breakfast

Two highlights from the National Prayer Breakfast are better seen the read. First, the Christian band Mercy Me performed "I Can Only Imagine," with a brief and moving word of testimony given by lead singer Bart Millard just before the song. Then, Barry Black, U.S. Senate Chaplain, delivered the keynote address--and "brought the roof down."

Rep. Jackie Speier, California Democrat, talks to reporters in Washington on Aug. 30, 2011. (Associated Press/FILE)

Rep. Speier calls abortion statistics 'alternative facts'

Contrary to Rep. Speier, calling sound abortion statistics "alternative facts" does not change the fact that the Hyde Amendment has saved lives. Supporting abortion rights is her right, but she cannot take away the pro-life celebration of infants saved through righteous public policy.

Vice President Mike Pence taking the oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, using a Bible owned by Ronald Reagan and used in his inaugurations.

Mike Pence takes the oath of office of Vice President using Reagan's Bible

- The Washington Times

The events of a Presidential inauguration are historic. And, given the thousands of cameras all pointed in the same direction, even small details of pageantry and formality are noted and recorded for history. Comparisons with past inaugurations are inevitable, and deviations from the norm are either celebrated or scoffed--depending on the eye of the beholder.