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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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I hope that those of you in the Kansas City area had a chance to read this past week's three-part series in The Kansas City Star about how hospice works and, particularly, the experiences of a hospice nurse. (Using that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you read the most recent annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, you find that once again Saudi Arabia (the Saudi coat of arms is pictured here) is among those countries with the worst record of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The several so-called "religious freedom" bills that would enshrine bigotry either in laws or state constitutions inevitably have spawned a discussion of other ways in which legally protected discrimination might be created. If, after all, you can legally refuse to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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"Just war theory" has been around for centuries as an effort to help combatants and their leaders determine what kind of actions are morally justified in war and under what circumstances war itself can be justified. In Catholic tradition it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In this midst of this ridiculously bitter and disappointing presidential race, five people who don't see eye-to-eye on everything came together a few nights ago to speak with civility to one another about religion and politics. It was an encouraging... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's time again this weekend to let you see the pile of new faith-based books that have stacked up on my desk in recent weeks and to tell you at least a little bit about them so you can decide... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The history of every religion contains stories of both light and darkness. Great saints doing marvelous deeds and knaves dragging the religion into murder and intrigue. They're both there. In some ways this religious chiaroscuro shows up with starkness in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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This past Monday afternoon, I went to the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (COR) in Leawood, Kan., to pick up T-shirts for my wife and me to wear that evening in the GiveSevenDays walk. There was Mindy Corporon (pictured... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the most well-known parables told by Jesus is called the parable of the good Samaritan. It involves an injured man on the side of a road. Several people pass him by without helping before a Samaritan eventually stops... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the disastrous fire (pictured here) at the Branch Davidian home, Mount Carmel, outside Waco, Texas, in which nearly 80 people died. It marked the end of a 51-day standoff that began with a gun... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Many of you, no doubt, are familiar with the term "Prosperity Gospel." It's a misguided approach to Christianity that says God wants you to be rich. Being rich, thus, is a sign that God has blessed you, according to this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A judge has delayed the state trial of Dylann Roof, the white man accused of murdering nine black members of a large church in Charleston, S.C. When I read the Christian Science Monitor story to which I've just linked you,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Last weekend I was visiting my older daughter and her family on their farm property south of Louisburg, Kan., and she and her husband were talking about the grapes they've planted there. Grapes take three or four years to begin... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I and others involved in interfaith work have long contended that one of the results of such cross-religious connections is that participants wind up deepening their commitment to their own faith tradition. Almost never does interfaith dialogue lead someone to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What, if anything, can be done to turn violent extremists into productive citizens? Saudi Arabia is trying an approach that may or may not help. As this New York Times article describes it, the radicals are housed in an almost-luxurious... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Most years I help to judge a Holocaust essay contest for middle- and high-school students sponsored by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, though my scheduled won't allow that this year. But I always leave that work grateful that a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Martyrdom is a widely misunderstood concept in religious circles. Leaders of terrorist groups, for instance, encourage the radicals under them to be suicide bombers, telling them they will be martyrs and rewarded lavishly in the afterlife. But martyrdom does not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One thing remains true about people I call the date-setters -- those dime store prophets who seem to love to predict that the end of the world is nigh: They've always been wrong. But that doesn't stop them. And it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What would you identify as the primary motivation to consider the possibility of a god and, beyond that, to think about identifying with religion? No doubt there are many possible answers, but I probably would put feelings of awe and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One reason labels, such as group names, hide much more than they reveal is that within almost every group there are widely varying opinions. This is especially true, it seems, in religious communities. To say, for instance, that someone is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the hard questions being asked all around the world these days is what can be done to prevent young people -- mostly, but not exclusively, young men -- from being radicalized and turning to violence. As terrorism decentralizes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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CarePortal, which connects state child welfare workers to churches to meet some of the needs of families and children, has come to the Kansas City area. So far about 100 area churches are participating, organizers say. The idea is pretty... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Several times over the years I have bemoaned the fact that journalism outlets, as a rule, don't cover religion well -- if they cover it at all. That's true locally and nationally -- with some fine exceptions, such as Religion... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have been returning again and again to the subject of violent Islamism in recent days (here and here, for instance) and am a little sorry about that in the sense that I do not want to be contributing to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I tell you, on this April Fool's Day, that the Bible is full of fools, I am not trying to disparage the many characters who make up the biblical stories. Rather, I am simply saying that the Bible has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog