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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Earlier this year in this blog post I told you about my friend and fellow columnist Lindor Reynolds of the Winnipeg Free Press. In that post I gave you a link to what I supposed (correctly) would be her final... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Because my wife was receiving the "Outstanding Volunteer Award" here Friday from InterHab at its annual awards ceremony, I came along as her proud husband and cheerleader. When the event was over, I found myself thinking about... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's time to offer to you a few faith-related books that you might think about for your autumn-winter reading or even for holiday gifts (after, of course, you've given all your friends my books). Sometimes I'm overwhelmed by how many... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As we finish moving through this election cycle (hurry, please), no doubt all of us have begun to weary of the vacuous commercials that mostly slam opponents while offering precious little in the way of policy proposals or analysis. In... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What should you and your faith community be doing, if anything, about the issues raised by the trouble in Ferguson, Mo.? Is it your fight? Are you a stakeholder in Ferguson even if you live in Kansas City or Berkeley... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes people of faith get so engaged in matters of justice, compassion and theology that they fail to appreciate the simple world of family around them. It's easy to do. Indeed, as someone who counts seven children to whom I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Perhaps you saw or read about the debate that comedian (why doesn't he stick to comedy?) Bill Maher had the other day about Islam. Maher has essentially no use for any religion, and he's an equal opportunity disliker, so he... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Since The Book of Mormon first was published in 1830, it has been the center of relentless controversy. Was it the highly imaginative fictional product of the fevered mind of a fraud, Joseph Smith (depicted below, right)? Or was it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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With Judaism's recent High Holy Days now behind us, I want to turn again to a rather familiar subject -- Israel and its future. When I returned from helping to lead a Jewish-Christian study tour to Israel in 2012, I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I mentioned here on the blog yesterday, today is World Homeless Day. Which gives me the opportunity to share with you some of the information given this past Sunday to the Witherspoon class of my congregation by Jason Bohn,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I don't read a lot of fiction and I don't review a lot of it here on the blog or elsewhere. I have nothing against fiction. (Some of my best friends are fictitious.) But there is so much in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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After Dennis L. Rader of suburban Wichita was convicted of being the BTK mass murderer nine years ago, I went to talk with Mike Clark, the pastor of the church where Rader was an active member. Among the questions I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It is easy to denounce violence by gangs in American cities. It's scary stuff. It ends promising lives. It terrorizes people. It should be denounced. But it's much harder to understand what drives young people -- mostly males -- into... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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To say that sacred scripture of any faith reflects the culture and times in which the words were composed is not to deny that followers of those religions consider them sacred and even, in some sense, to be the word... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the things that most pleased me about the opportunity to work on the book They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust, was that Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn and I got to tell real stories... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It was some time in the 1970s or early '80s, I think, that I began to hear people dismissing the National Council of Churches as a left-wing political advocacy group. That characterization conflicted rather starkly with the NCC I was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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We all pretty much know the conventional wisdom about religion in America -- it's on the decline and has been for several decades, especially as younger people move away from religious traditions that have attracted the majority of Americans for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Christians who identify themselves as members of the evangelical branch of the faith have, at best, a spotty record when it comes to how they treat and think about women in the home, in the church and in business. Some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Pope Francis last week fired a bishop who has been accused of protecting a priest suspected of child abuse. That was the good news. The bad news for people in the Kansas City area is that the bishop in question... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Some years ago I recall reading scientist Stephen Hawking's book, A Brief History of Time, and stopping in my tracks at something he said there. Once we have a grand unified theory of everything, he wrote, then "we would know... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Last year, when I read and reviewed Alvin H. Rosenfeld's compelling book, Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives, part of me kept hoping he and other contributors to the book were overstating the case that anti-Jewish thinking and actions were on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Divine intervention. It's what people of faith sometimes pray for. Heal my brother. Don't let cancer strike me. Let the Royals beat the Tigers. Let me drive safely from here to there and back. Help me find a parking spot.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A new study suggests that religious people are no more moral or immoral than people who are not adherents of any particular religion. It's an interesting look at what people consider moral and immoral behavior and that old question of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 on what eventually proved to be false pretenses, some of the voices warning against going to war there used a phrase that now comes back to haunt us: If you break it you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I was working on the book I co-authored with Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn, They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust, I spent four and a half years reading very little but Holocaust-related books and other... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog