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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Another reason I've long opposed the death penalty is that I would be unable to be the executioner. And I think those in favor of capital punishment should be willing to volunteer to be the killer. That's far from the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Here's an interesting idea: Auburn Seminary in New York has started what it's calling a multi-faith leadership training program for justice. The seminary, which is in covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA), says the new program "will equip faith... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The contentious question of how Muslims negotiate life in the U.S. remains essentially unsolved for many of them, in part because they live in fear of being targeted and blamed for international terrorism and just for being different. The American... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Some Christians have had trouble seeing the life and ministry of Jesus as in any way political. And they have used that approach to argue that the church should stay out of politics and concentrate only on spiritual matters. As... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Before the racially driven unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and the recent rioting in Baltimore there was the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, a black teen-ager in Florida. And before that, of course, was a long history of lynchings in the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Once again the American judicial system is planning to punish someone who killed people by killing him. The decision to impose the death penalty against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is more evidence that our system of justice is broken,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I still worked full-time for The Kansas City Star, I proposed doing a series of articles explaining what it means for the U.S. that the percentage of Christians in the population was declining and that the percentage of people... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For many years I have advocated interfaith dialogue and understanding because I think the U.S., because of its religiously diverse population, has an opportunity to show other countries how to live in religious harmony in the midst of pluralism. It's... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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News analysts and others have spent a lot of time this week wondering aloud whether the failure of Saudi King Salman (pictured here) to attend the Camp David summit of U.S. and allied Arab leaders that begins today represents a... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I wrote here yesterday about the future of Islam, I didn't get into the complicated topic of how people of other faiths -- especially Christianity -- relate to Muslims nowadays. But it's a critical question, given that, together, Christians... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you check with the folks at the Pew Research Center, they will tell you that Islam is growing fast around the world and that by 2050 the number of Muslims will almost equal the number of Christians, which still... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For years now, friends at my congregation, Second Presbyterian Church, have been working to find a new life for the old Linwood Presbyterian Church at Linwood and 71 Highway in the center of Kansas City. Especially David Warm, who in... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Because we have imaginations and because we are curious people, we have pictures in our heads of what God looks like. And Christians have pictures in their heads of what Jesus would have looked like. It may come as no... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In this recent blog posting, about the ways in which all of us are broken, I quoted the Apostle Paul's famous letter to the Romans in which he wrote that "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Today is the National Day of Prayer. The day has an interesting history going back several decades, though I'm still not very sure why it's the job of Congress and the president to tell us citizens that we should set... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Childhood is a vulnerable time for all. It's when we set the pattern for becoming who, in the end, we will be. But childhood lived in the midst of trauma is even more difficult and potentially hazardous. By any measure,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Back in the 1960s and '70s, such theologians as Krister Stendahl, the late bishop of Stockholm, began to explore new ways of understanding the Apostle Paul. This academic work became a movement known as the New Perspective on Paul, and... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the common teachings of Christianity comes from the Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans. In verse 23 of chapter 3 he writes, "All have sinned and fall short of God's glory. . ." It is a recognition not... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this past week about same-sex marriage, I was thinking again how astonishing it is that many in our society have changed their thinking so rapidly about this matter. Well, I say rapidly, but... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When a neo-Nazi white supremacist (allegedly) murdered three people a year ago at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City, Mindy Corporon (pictured here) suffered a double disaster. Both her teen-age son, Reat Underwood, and her father, Dr. William Corporon,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There is no shortage of theories about why the world has been plagued by antisemitism for centuries. Nor is there a shortage of books about this subject. If you haven't read much about this matter and want a few book... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Yesterday here on the blog, I wrote about the recent disastrous earthquake in Nepal and suggested that it would be good if the Pat Robertson crowd of theologians who see natural disasters as punishment from God would just be quiet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The recent earthquake in Nepal was devastating, and it has been hard to imagine what good or inspiring words might come out of such a calamity. Sometimes when natural disasters like this strike, fool preachers like Pat Robertson will pontificate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One sure sign that someone is making an impact on the world is that people begin writing books about him or her. Take Pope Francis (pictured here), for instance. Since his election a bit more than two years ago, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Back in the 1960s and '70s, which I lived through and survived, Americans grew considerably more used to challenging authority. It was a necessary skill, considering the way government authorities were lying to us about such matters as body counts... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog