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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Paola, Kan. -- My life was filled with a wide variety of religious music this past weekend, and that variety was a good reminder of the many different ways that our ears, hearts and souls respond to music. There's no... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For the last 50 or 60 years, Americans have seen their religious institutions challenged, rejected and sometimes even threatened with extinction. Mainline Protestant churches and the Catholic Church constitute Exhibit A, the former with their plunging membership numbers and the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Jim Rudin, who early in his days as a rabbi worked in Kansas City, has been thinking about the long-term effects of the Six-Day War of 1967, in which Israel won a quick, stunning victory against the Arab forces bent... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In my latest Flatland column, which posted here this morning, I describe some efforts by Mainline Protestant churches to create new expressions of worship as a response to the decades-long decline in their membership numbers. You can read about The... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The horrific scandal in the Catholic Church of priests abusing children and bishops covering up for them exploded into nationwide view in 2002 when the Boston Globe began reporting the story, though the National Catholic Reporter had been writing about... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In the mid-1970s I was working on several series of articles for The Kansas City Star about how racial turnover happened in residential parts of the city and about how conventional mortgage lenders had essentially red-lined 50 square miles of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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This first full day of summer is a perfect time to think about how our cosmos works, with its rhythms and directions rooted in its creation on the day when God declared, "Let there be the Big Bang." There is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Like almost all branches of Christianity, the Catholic Church does not have a long history of being welcoming to gays and lesbians. Even today, despite a more enlightened pope who seems open to the idea that sexual orientation is not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- It's raining as our plane loads up to leave New England late this afternoon. Not a big storm. Just one or those lovely spring rains that creates reflecting pools on the tarmac after it has slid down... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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SPRINGFIELD, Vt. -- While I'm gone a few days for business and family visits, I'm going to give you a couple of sources from which to get updates about religious news. The first is Religion News Service. This excellent group... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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SPRINGFIELD, Vt. -- While I'm gone a few days for business and family visits, I'm going to give you a couple of sources from which to get updates about religious news. The first is Religion News Service. This excellent group... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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SPRINGFIELD, Vt. -- While I'm gone a few days for business and family visits, I'm going to give you a couple of sources from which to get updates about religious news. The first is Religion News Service. This excellent group... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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SPRINGFIELD, Vt. -- While I'm gone a few days for business and family visits, I'm going to give you a couple of sources from which to get updates about religious news. The first is Religion News Service. This excellent group... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the inevitable truths about war is that there are always unexpected consequences. No one, for instance, at the beginning of World War I could have predicted that one of the results would be the demise of what at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
Anne Frank, whom author Alvin H. Rosenfeld, in The End of the Holocaust, says may be the most famous child of the 20th Century, would have turned 88 today. But as everyone knows she died in March 1945 in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A new study gives faith communities one more argument for why people should join them: Worship is good for your health. That's the conclusion of research done at Vanderbilt University. The press release about the study quotes Marino Bruce, a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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America, as we know, is a nation full of immigrants and the descendants of immigrants. My paternal great-grandparents and maternal grandparents were themselves immigrants. Some immigrants come as refugees from various international disaster spots, whether the cause is weather or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A couple of years ago, the great New Testament scholar from Vanderbilt, Amy-Jill Levine, wrote an interpretation of the parables of Jesus that she called Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. It was insightful in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Ed Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission and Evangelism at Wheaton College, is executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism and publishes church leadership resources through Mission Group. Which might lead you to believe... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What constitutes religion in America? The obvious answer, at least in terms of numbers of adherents, is Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism (even Buddhists argue about whether Buddhism is really a religion), Hinduism and other institutional faiths. A less obvious answer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The other day a friend on Facebook (someone I actually knew prior to the existence of Facebook) posted a lament that our American society is so deeply divided. That has become a mantra for people across the political spectrum. Our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Ladies and gentlemen (no matter what your birth certificate says), I have learned some absolutely fabulous news about the future of our beloved, if abused, planet, Earth. I'm not sure why I felt it necessary to name our planet in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When the Protestant Reformation started, ground zero was Wittenberg, Germany. And 500 years later, Wittenberg continues to make the world think about religious reform. How? There's now a robot there that will offer you a blessing. No humans required. Just... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Most Missourians -- indeed, many Americans -- remember the terrible damage a huge tornado did to Joplin, Mo., in 2011. What I hadn't realized, until I read this engaging story, was that the trauma of that destruction led to closer... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The fact that the sacred scripture of major faiths is full of metaphor, myth, allegory and poetry seems to escape the notice of some people who prefer to understand things literally. Such folks get attracted to the weirdness of the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog