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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Three months ago here on the blog, I wrote about the laudable new effort called "Beyond Belief" that was providing some much-needed journalistic coverage of religion via a special project at KCPT-TV, the Kansas City PBS station. That good work... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As if we needed further proof that bad theology can be not just corrosive but murderous, we now learn that after the Orlando massacre earlier this month, pastors of several allegedly Christian churches praised the killing of LGBT people in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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LOS ANGELES -- The language we use to describe the people we call enemies can say more about us than it does about them. In wars, enemies inevitably get labeled in ways that attempt to diminish their humanity, that make... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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LOS ANGELES -- To get here -- here being a city that lunches, that has its people call your people, that entertains itself to death -- our plane flew over land that grows amber fields of wheat, land sketched with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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LOS ANGELES -- I've been here to attend the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, a terrific group of scribes that once had me as its president. While I'm gone, I'm going to give you a couple... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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LOS ANGELES -- I'm here to attend the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, a terrific group of scribes that once had me as its president. While I'm gone, I'm going to give you a couple of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Several years ago, I wrote this article about the highly charged controversy involving a snippet of what appeared to be ancient papyrus in which this partial line was found: "Jesus said to them, 'My wife. . .'" The item in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the many side stories from the Orlando massacre had to do with the fact that the shooter had a history of committing domestic violence. And one of the hard realities, as the female Muslim writer of this Patheos.com... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One fascinating thing about Pope Francis (pictured here) is that he is willing to speak his mind even when what he says disturbs many in the church, including some of its leaders. The latest incident happened a few days ago,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Since at least 1978 I have been engaged in a wide-ranging conversation with many people about what the Bible says about homosexuality. (Here's an essay with my conclusions.) That was the year I joined Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The death penalty in the U.S. slowly is giving way to sanity -- but far, far too slowly. The use of capital punishment -- state vengeance -- has declined in recent years, but as a public policy its continued existence... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's time to heave some new faith-based book titles at you as possible additions to your summer reading. I know some people choose escape literature -- mysteries, romances, that sort of thing -- for summer, but I see no reason... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The Rev. Steve Shoemaker, a family friend from Urbana, Ill., should be dead by now. Doctors told him more than six months ago that his pancreatic cancer meant he'd probably not survive six months. He's now passed that limit. But... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In times of trauma, one of the most effective things we can do is simply gather together and be present to one another as we seek to understand and respond to the pain. Sometimes that happens inadvertently. On Sunday evening,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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This is a time of deep political, cultural, economic, educational and theological divisions in the United States. The old sweeping stories by which we used to live, those meta-narratives that provided the national myths that defined us, have crumbled or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I no doubt shouldn't be surprised but I always am when I hear American Christians say they believe their faith is under such a strong attack that one day the religion will be legally banned. It's not that there aren't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As has been clear for a long time -- but especially since the 1960s -- the Apostle Paul has been a stumbling block between Jews and Christians. In the standard Jewish interpretation of that remarkable man's life, he was a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you have read me with much regularity, you know that I frequently write about death and dying. In fact, just a few days ago here on the blog I wrote about the best eulogy I've ever heard. And the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the reasons the American electorate seems so angry and out of sorts is that time and again we witness politicians who break promises and seem to have no core values. That is, they declare a set of values... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The idea of papal infallibility has been around since before it was officially declared church doctrine by the First Vatican Council of 1869-'70. It does not mean the pope is sinless. In fact, one of the first ways Pope Francis... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I was in Poland in 2007, doing interviews for the book I wrote with Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn (They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust), Jacques and I visited quite a few Jewish cemeteries --... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I tell people to go to funerals. I say that for many reasons beyond honoring the dead. One is to remember your own mortality. Another is to get a sense of the community that surrounded the person who died and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Did you catch any news over the weekend about the Reason Rally in Washington, D.C.? It was designed to raise the level of awareness among Americans that there are lots of religiously unaffiliated people in the country -- atheists, agnostics,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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From time to time it's helpful to return to basic questions, to ask why we do what we do, to wonder about the purpose not just of life but of the elements that make up life. So now and then... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the ancient questions humankind has asked from the time anyone first noticed a sky full of stars is this: Are we alone in the universe? So far the answer is: Well, we don't know, but we also don't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog