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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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The news this week from Jerusalem included an item that said workers had completed the restoration of the site in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where, tradition says, Jesus was buried. This happened after a 200-year delay (that's no... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In Christianity, truth is not a doctrine. Not a dogma. Not any particular statement of faith. Not a proposition to which followers are obliged to give public consent. Rather, truth is a person, Christ Jesus. This is a difficult and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The United States, after watching from afar for two and a half years, joined World War I 100 years ago, in April 1917. So, as might be expected, lots of commemorations of that are planned and, in some case, already... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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This Lenten season for Christians (like Ramadan for Muslims and the High Holy Days for Jews) tends to focus quite a bit on our need for forgiveness and repentance. But, in the end, all three periods in these Abrahamic faiths... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Relations between Hindus and Muslims in India hit bottom in 1947 when India was partitioned as part of achieving its independence from Great Britain. The result was India and Pakistan, which was divided into east and west versions. The east... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Kōloa, Hawaii -- One of the things I love to do when I take a breather, as I did last week on Kauai, is to read things I've never read but have long meant to. Which explains why I spent... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Po’ipū, Hawaii -- Botanists estimate that there are more than 390,000 different kinds of plants in the world, nearly 370,000 of which are flowering. Author Annie Dillard once explained this and the staggering variety of animal life on Earth this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Kōloa, Hawaii -- The poet Wallace Stevens, whose language could be dense and at times nearly impenetrable, understood -- as much as it's possible for the human mind to do so -- the mystery and power of the ocean. In... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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WAIMEA, Hawaii -- At one of the final lookout points from which to see Waimea Canyon (pictured, in part, above), sometimes called the aloha state's Grand Canyon, a native Hawaiian, wearing a loin cloth and not much else, was speaking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Kōloa, Hawaii -- While I'm gone a few days catching my breath after a terrifically busy winter, I'm going to give you a couple of sources from which to get updates about religious news. The first is Religion News Service.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Kōloa, Hawaii -- While I'm gone a few days catching my breath after a terrifically busy winter, I'm going to give you a couple of sources from which to get updates about religious news. The first is Religion News Service.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Kōloa, Hawaii -- While I'm gone a few days catching my breath after a terrifically busy winter, I'm going to give you a couple of sources from which to get updates about religious news. The first is Religion News Service.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Kōloa, Hawaii - While I'm gone a few days catching my breath after a terrifically busy winter, I'm going to give you a couple of sources from which to get updates about religious news. The first is Religion News Service.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Kōloa, Hawaii -- While I'm gone a few days catching my breath after a terrifically busy winter, I'm going to give you a couple of sources from which to get updates about religious news. The first is Religion News Service.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Kōloa, Hawaii -- While I'm gone a few days catching my breath after a terrifically busy winter, I'm going to give you a couple of sources from which to get updates about religious news. The first is Religion News Service.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What scientists call "chaos theory" might seem to stand in unresolvable tension with the idea of God creating a world that works by dependable rules that can be discovered -- from the law of gravity to standard understandings of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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We Americans seem to be heading into a time when our judicial system will be asked to sort out what constitutes the exercise of religious freedom and, by contrast, what constitutes freedom from discrimination. As this NPR piece notes, those... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you listen to some of the voices heard in the last presidential campaign, you might assume that most Americans are deeply frightened -- and should be -- about the possibility that Muslims in the United States are either terrorists... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Regular readers of this blog and of my words in other venues know of my interest in increasing the religious literacy of Americans (and, well, everybody in the world). Religious illiteracy can lead to fear and even violence. Religious literacy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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We are in a period of American history in which religious minority groups, especially (but not only) Muslims, are feeling targeted by hate groups and sometimes even by elements of the government. Hate crimes (or what at least appear to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the ancient issues with which theologians struggle is the idea of grace, which many Christians would describe as pure, unmerited favor. The idea is that this is what God gives us even though we don't deserve it, can,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It was odd that just two days before Project Equality's "2017 Diversity and Inclusion Summit" last Friday the Kansas City metro area was rocked with what appeared to be another hate crime, the murder of one man and the wounding... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I have written here and in other venues way more than once, I oppose capital punishment. There are many reasons for my stance, including the fact that since 1973 there have been 157 people on death row who have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The first time I was ever in the sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church, where I've now been a member for 38-plus years, was to attend the funeral of my colleague Bill Vaughan (pictured here), The Kansas City Star's Starbeams columnist... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog