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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Perhaps you noted a story a few days ago about Pope Francis suggesting a tweak to what Protestants usually call "The Lord's Prayer" and what Catholics often call the "Our Father." Here is America Magazine's version of that story. (I've... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have always found it intriguing that the Christian Bible -- which begins with the Hebrew scriptures, though it puts the books in a different order -- shows humanity starting in a garden in Genesis and ending up in a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A few weeks ago, the senior pastor of our congregation preached this terrific sermon about what it means to be a man today. In it, he mentioned that most suicides are committed by men and lots of them have to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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More than 15 years ago, religion scholar Diana Butler Bass published Strength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community, and it helped Americans understand not only the decline of Mainline Protestant denominations but also why people like her... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In 1994, a year after the horrific fire (pictured here) at the home of the Branch Davidians outside of Waco, Texas, I went there to write a series of articles for The Kansas City Star about what really happened and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn and I were in Poland in 2007 working on our book, They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust, we often heard about Radio Maryja, an overtly antisemitic radio station there operated... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I know (well, as of early November, knew) a man who lives out west and who was a thoughtful, wise, kind Christian man never afraid to challenge sloppy thinking but also never afraid to be compassionate or generous. In September... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In this time of conspicuous consumption, of tax reform bills designed to help the very people who don't need an economic boost, of ecological degradation in the name of higher profits, I have a little good news. The spirit of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes it's instructive and humbling to look back at painful religious history. For those of us who are Presbyterian, today is a good day to do that because it was on this date in 1861 that the Presbyterian Church of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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By now you've returned half of the junk you bought on Black Friday and Cyber Monday but still are in the market for some gifts that make more sense than that cordless extension cord you thought was such a great... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When what eventually became the Christian church got its start as a branch of Judaism, followers of Jesus met and worshiped in homes, generally around a festive meal. Mike Graves, who teaches at St. Paul School of Theology and who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Given such racist events in the U.S. in recent months as the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., it's worth taking a look at the roots of bigotry and at the worst-case examples of results of such racial, ethnic and religious... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Complaints about the commercialization of Christmas almost certainly go back to the arrival of the Magi at the birthplace of Jesus. These seers (maybe astrologers from Persia) overspent on gold, frankincense and myrrh, when what Mary needed was a hug,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One thing we know about many countries in the Middle East is that they aren't very religiously tolerant. Think, for instance, of Saudi Arabia, which permits the practice only of Islam. And although Mecca, Medina and other places there are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The surprise was not that the governing body of a church decided to urge its leaders and members to use more gender-inclusive language when referring to God. Moves like that started happening decades ago. Rather, the surprise (at least to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The last year has been a difficult time for people who identify as evangelical Christians. And the last few months have been especially tough for them. Their support of Donald Trump in the 2016 election was, in many ways, an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The history of religion in the United States before and after it became a constitutional republic is fascinating, at times strange, inspiring as well as embarrassing and, far too often, unknown among many Americans. There's now a new chance to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Most of you get a day off today, so I'll... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On this, the 54th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we Americans might do well to remind ourselves of the distance we've come (not far enough but still quite a distance) in overcoming prejudice against Catholics. JFK,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As much trouble as the U.S. is experiencing in terms of governance at the federal level, you might think we could just focus on Washington and not worry so much about other nations for a time. That would be a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The people who organize the annual SevenDays® week full of events to promote interfaith understanding and peace have set the 2018 dates -- April 10-16. And the annual walk connected with those events will start this year at the National... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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This summer I wrote this Flatland column about the interfaith efforts area clergy are making to get engaged for the long haul to improve education in the Kansas City area. Unlike some previous efforts along these lines, this initiative, helped... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The range of people who call themselves Christian evangelicals is surprisingly broad. In fact, yesterday here on the blog I wrote about some evangelicals who have joined together to work for reform of our broken criminal justice system. And good... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Lots of Americans -- sometimes understandably -- think "conservative politics" when they hear the term "Christian evangelical." But life is considerably more complicated than that. I recall writing a piece for The Kansas City Star more than 10 years ago... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you are a regular reader here, you know that I often write about the importance of interfaith understanding. In this increasingly pluralistic culture, religious literacy is vital, as are good relations among people of different faith traditions. So today... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog