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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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The picture of Jewish life in the United States is changing, a new analysis shows, and Orthodox Jews seem to be at the forefront of that change. In fact, that new Pew Research Center analysis concludes that Orthodox Jews behave... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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World War II ended 70-plus years ago, but the ripple effects may go on in perpetuity. Clearly the Holocaust created a world much different from the one that might have existed without it. And clearly the post-war political boundaries and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have been a proponent and supporter of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom from its inception in 1998, though not without some cautions. From time to time I worry that it will become a mouthpiece for people who... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Until I read Vinnie Rotondaro's special report, "Lives carved by the trail of history," in the current issue of The National Catholic Reporter, I was only vaguely aware of something called the "Doctrine of Discovery" and its religious roots. (I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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People of faith often debate how deeply they should get involved with politics as individuals and how much their faith communities should get involved. In some ways it's a bit of a silly debate given that nearly everything that happens... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If history can teach us anything, it can teach us humility. The sorrowful fact, however, is that it rarely seems to. That appears to be especially true of the history of religion and how religious thought has influenced the events... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The great religions of the world teach gratitude. Which seems an understandable-enough lesson. But in some teachings it gets considerably more complicated than simple gratitude for good things. In the New Testament, for instance, you will find in I Thessalonians... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What, the Jewish woman wanted to know, was she supposed to say to evangelically aggressive Christians who told her that she'd go to hell if she didn't accept Jesus as her lord and savior. It was the very first question... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One thing an active faith life can provide to people is a sense of balance, of perspective. I thought about that yesterday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average immediately dropped more than 1,000 points at the opening of the stock... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A few years before he died in 1998, Fr. Raymond E. Brown, one of the best New Testament scholars of the 20th Century, spoke to a gathering at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, and I was privileged to attend. Brown... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In a dark time last year after a neo-Nazi murdered three people at Jewish facilities in Kansas City, I wrote about such darkness in part by introducing readers to Barbara Brown Taylor excellent book, Learning to Walk in the Dark.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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We now are a year-plus out from Ferguson, and the very name of the small St. Louis suburb has become something of a nickname for civil unrest with racially divisive roots. We've experienced Fergusons in several places around the U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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We return today to a subject I've mentioned more than once -- the Prosperity Gospel, which preaches the alleged availability of wealth and health on demand. It has almost nothing to do with the Christian gospel, even though some preachers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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SALINA, Kan. -- What a wide theological swing I took on Sunday. I drove to Salina to be present for the installation of a good friend as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Salina. Along the way, I was scanning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I was teaching at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico earlier this month, I met an Episcopal priest who was taking the same water color class my wife was part of. Stephen Chinlund (pictured here), it turns out, is a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ABIQUIU, N.M. -- After I returned from Ghost Ranch last week, I was looking at some of the landscape photos my wife and I took while here when I got a note from someone in the class I taught. "I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's hard to imagine two 20th Century British writers with more followers than J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, whose imaginations created marvelous worlds in which good struggled against evil, even though those identified as good always knew that they, too,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Yesterday here on the blog, I wrote about a new book by a celibate gay man. It was focused on the long-running debate within Christianity about how to think about homosexuality. Today I want to draw something out of that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Very little has caused as much theological contention, bitterness, arrogance and anger in recent decades within Christianity as the question of what to do with homosexuality. In his new book, Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships, Tim... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It used to be said that 11 o'clock on Sunday morning was the most racially segregated hour in America. That has changed a bit (though not dramatically) for two reasons. First, lots of Christian worship services now start earlier than... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ABIQUIU, N.M. -- After spending this week teaching here at Ghost Ranch, I expect to get back to regular blogging here on Wednesday, but while I work my way back to a normal routine, here are a couple of places... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ABIQUIU, N.M. -- After spending this week teaching here at Ghost Ranch, I expect to get back to regular blogging here on Wednesday, but while I work my way back to a normal routine, here are a couple of places... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ABIQUIU, N.M. -- After spending this week teaching here at Ghost Ranch, I expect to get back to regular blogging here on Wednesday, but while I work my way back to a normal routine, here are a couple of places... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One day last week I came out of a store in the Kansas City area and was heading to my car in a large strip mall parking lot. Walking to my left (physically, not theologically or politically, I'd guess) was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Yes, I know that this is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, but I wrote about that two days ago here. Today I want to take note of another anniversary -- the arrival in New York (from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog