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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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To make a specific point about biblical literacy, today I need to go back to something that happened last week and that was widely reported. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in defense of the Trump administration policy of separating children from... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the major mysteries of the 2016 presidential election is why 81 percent of white evangelicals abandoned almost everything they have stood for in terms of morality and voted for Donald Trump. My last effort to offer light on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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You merely have to look around at almost any worship service of almost any religion in the U.S. to see that people with gray hair often outnumber people under 30. But a new analysis of studies by the Pew Research... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The last time I was with my old friend Sidney L. Willens several months back he reminded me that a couple of decades ago when I was writing an occasional piece for a previous version of Missouri Life Magazine, I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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CINCINNATI -- While I was here this past weekend for the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, I had with me a book that I'm reading for review, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump, by... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The way some religions traditionally have thought about and taught about suicide has not been helpful or redemptive. In the wake of prominent recent suicides by Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, perhaps it's worthwhile to look at whether religion understands... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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CINCINNATI -- While I'm gone a few days to attend the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' annual conference here, I'm going to give you a couple of sources from which to get updates about religious news. The first is Religion... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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CINCINNATI -- While I'm gone a few days to attend the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' annual conference here, I'm going to give you a couple of sources from which to get updates about religious news. The first is Religion... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Eric Greitens has been gone from the office of governor of Missouri for just over a week now. And there have been lots of analyses done about the politics of what happened and the ins and outs of the various... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The way that humans have constructed and lived by calendars has changed several times over the centuries, though now nearly all the world agrees that today is June 8, 2018, even if there are religious calendars, such as in Judaism... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In the world's great religions there is an insistence that adherents seek and speak truth. Yes, people may and often do have honest differences about what is true and what isn't, but they are obliged, nonetheless, to uphold the truth... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I still recall a 1953 headline in The Weekly Reader, a newspaper prepared for elementary school children like me and my third-grade classmates at Dean Street School in Woodstock, Ill. "Korean War Ends," it said. Well, it sort of ended.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It seems astonishing that 50-plus years after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the height of the civil rights movement, individual Christian churches in the U.S. continue to be made up predominantly of one racial group... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I am a few days late sharing this story with you and offering a few comments, but it nonetheless gives me a chance to help you understand what theologians, and worse, mean by the "Prosperity Gospel." Some of what they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Since February, former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (pictured here) has been U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom, part of the State Department. Regular readers know I have not been a fan of Brownback's time as governor or as U.S. senator... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If there is such a person as a typical American Muslim woman -- and I'm not at all sure that there is -- she would not be Daisy Khan, author of the new book Born with Wings: The Spiritual Journey... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I like and admire Pope Francis. Regular readers of my blog and columns know that, as do readers of a book I co-authored with the Rev. Dr. Paul T. Rock called Jesus, Pope Francis and a Protestant Walk into a... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In my latest Flatland column, which posted on Sunday morning, I described the remarkable Quayle Bible Collection housed in a wing of the library of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. (The photo here today shows Nick Pumphrey, the Quayle... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A few weeks ago, a friend gave me the card you see here containing the actual autograph of G.K. Chesterton, the terrific English Christian scholar and novelist. The card originally came with one of the limited copies of a specially... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Yes, it's Memorial Day, and I would ask you to observe it in ways that are meaningful for you. I will, too. But instead of writing about that today I want to return instead to a subject I've been thinking... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In the recent confirmation hearings resulting in the approval of the nomination of Gina Haspel to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, torture got a lot of play. As the CBS story to which I've linked you above reports,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Yes, yes, Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's terrific sermon at the royal wedding last weekend continues to be praised and written about. And with good reason. It was a masterpiece. But that doesn't mean Anglicans aren't -- or can't be... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Back in the 1700s, the great French writer pen-named Voltaire (really François-Marie Arouet) wrote this: "The history of the great events of this world is hardly more than the history of crimes." Well, it's a debatable point, perhaps, but whoever... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Recently here on the blog I wrote about "green burials" to let you know about the publication of a new book on that subject. Today I want to expand on that by telling you about what some Iowa State University... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you have school-age children or grandchildren, do you know what they're learning about science and whether that information is in harmony or conflict with your (and their?) faith tradition? One reason young people sometimes walk away from faith communities... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog