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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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On this Easter weekend, I'm thinking of places that need to experience some kind of resurrection. And high on the list is the Central African Republic, where Christians and Muslims have been at each other's throats for more than a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On this Good Friday in my community, which is grieving the murderous loss of three people this past Sunday at the hands of an evil idea enacted, I want to bring you a word of hope and insight from an... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In a week of especially holy significance to both Jews and Christians, this is a dark time for both communities in Kansas City. The fatal shootings of three people Sunday at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom -- and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I spoke this past Sunday night at the prayer vigil for victims of the fatal shootings that afternoon at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in suburban Kansas City, I made the point that no religion has a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes you have to make choices between goods, not between evil and good, and sometimes you have to do that on the fly. I had intended to go this past Sunday evening to a musical performance of the "Seven Last... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A friend was married for many years to a man, now deceased, who made his living giving investment advice and, thus, working closely with Wall Street insiders. The other day she was in New York to receive a posthumous honor... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you've ever taken a comparative religion class in college, you know that great care is required in describing religions that aren't your own. Indeed, your own religion may be so complex and divided that any description of it will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes bravery is required to follow your conscience. And sometimes failure to act bravely in that way can have long-lasting consequences for many people. Take, for example, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (pictured here). All the while... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I do from time to time, I was surfing around the Patheos.com site the other day when I discovered this Druid (yes, Druid) message that was very similar to a Christian sermon I once preached. The author was suggesting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I knew something was afoot the other evening when Kansas City's superintendent of schools, Stephen Green, walked into the room at the start of our meeting of the Southwest Early College Campus (SWECC) Faith-based Coalition, a collection of eight churches... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the first questions James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author, addresses in his new book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, is why in the world anyone needs yet another book about Jesus. Here's the crux of his answer: "I'll write... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When Andrew's health suddenly went spinning out of control recently, sending him perilously close to death at age 34, members of our congregation upheld him and his family in all kinds of ways. He's now come through the valley of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If we fail to understand our own history and the history of the faith communities to which we may belong, we're going to set ourselves up for a repetitive cycle of errors and pains. And by knowing our history, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I still remember the profound surprise and disappointment in Kansas City back in 1986 when my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), elected to locate its headquarters in Louisville, not in KC as had been recommended by a site search selection... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Some years ago the Center for Practical Bioethics, based in Kansas City, began a program called Sabbaths of Hope in collaboration with Mental Health America of the Heartland. Its goal is to help educate members of the clergy to identify... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes when I speak of former Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, who tends to drive some conservative and traditionalist Christians a little crazy, I say jokingly that the church needs its heretics. I want to be clear that I'm not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When the Rev. Canon Ellis E. Brust introduced former Anglican Bishop N.T. (Tom) Wright to a Kansas City audience of some 800 people at a hotel the other evening, he called Wright "the premier biblical theologian in the world today."... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In early 1994, about a year after dozens of people died in a fire in Mount Carmel, home of the Branch Davidians outside of Waco, Texas, I went there and wrote a long series of articles for The Kansas City... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I watched the first segments of Simon Schama's five-part PBS series "The Story of the Jews" this past Tuesday evening, I thought a bit about the many incredible minds that have come out of Judaism over the centuries. Few... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Does our society treat women as second-class citizens in many ways? Sadly, yes. Can you trace the root of that prejudice back to religion? Jimmy Carter (pictured here) thinks so. Unequal treatment, he said in an interview with NBC's Andrea... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you were one of my regular Kansas City Star readers back in the 1980s, '90s and beyond, you know that I wrote a fair amount about science, especially cosmology and subatomic physics, the big and little ends of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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We have been far too serious here for too long, so let's take a humor break today. I remind you that the jokes I'm sharing with you here today are not original. And I remind you that if they were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Although Reinhold Niebuhr is said to be Barack Obama's favorite theologian, the fact is that in the president's background is deep grounding in Catholic social teaching. This New York Times piece looks at that history in preparation for Obama's meeting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What promises to be a remarkable five-part documentary, historian Simon Schama's "The Story of the Jews" begins airing tomorrow evening on PBS. Check your local listings. In Kansas City, check here. (Schama is pictured here.) The Jewish online magazine, The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have long been a fan of Kansas City-based golfer Tom Watson (pictured here), one of the best players in the history of the game. And I've liked him not just for his skill on the links but for his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog