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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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One of the descriptions of Adolf Hitler (pictured at right) that I hate to hear people use is that he was crazy, a maniac, insane, mentally ill, demented, a lunatic, mad. That language lets him off the hook, effectively relieving... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Memorial Day, which is today, differs, as you no doubt know, from Veterans Day, which comes in November and which used to be called Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I. The latter honors all veterans. Today,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Whatever happens with the 28 classified pages in a 9-11 congressional report on Saudi Arabia, the kingdom has decided to reinvent itself by ending what Saudi deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has called the kingdom's "dangerous" addiction to oil.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I've noted before, the religious landscape in the United States began to change noticeably after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed immigration reform into law in 1965. The law opened the borders more extensively to people from Asia, Africa and,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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From time to time it is useful for those of us who are people of faith to have a look at the life and writings of the people who helped form our tradition. For someone like me in the Reformed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I continue to be intrigued by the ways that religion seems to weave itself through nearly every aspect of life. An example: My bride and I attended the performance of the Kansas City Symphony on Saturday evening, at which the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It was really reassuring the other day to read about Pope Francis slamming "Prosperity Gospel" preachers, which I last wrote about here. As the Religion News Service piece to which I've just linked you noted, "The problem, Francis said in... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the early lessons taught to journalists (well, at least by great J-schools like Mizzou) is to be careful about declaring anything to be the first of its kind anywhere or to be the only one of its kind... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For those of us who believe the Bible has no essential word of guidance to speak about how to understand homosexuality, the decision on Wednesday of this past week by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church to delay... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It has been clear for years, if not decades, that religious fanatics who are moved to commit violence to further their cause cannot be defeated simply by military means. In this high-tech world, such a singular answer, even if needed... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The U.S. Senate this week unanimously passed a bill that would allow members of families of people murdered in the 9-11 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia if that country is proven to have provided support to the al-Qaida hijackers,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In this odd political season in which the national Republican Party is destroying itself, perhaps not unlike the demise of the Whigs in Abe Lincoln's time, it's worth looking at how all this (and more) is affecting the political activity... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I say, as I have several times in various venues, that one of the goals of Pope Francis is to institute some of the Vatican II reforms that his two predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, slowed, one... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Both the saddest and the most hopeful words I heard the other evening at graduation ceremonies for the now-closed Southwest Early College Campus came from student India Woods in her salutatorian's address. (Before she spoke, the Sunlight Baptist Church choir,... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For the first time since fire bullied its way through Westport Presbyterian Church in Midtown Kansas City in December 2011, the congregation worshiped in the still-under-construction sanctuary at the site of the fire on Sunday, April 24. The place was... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As some of you know, I collect different translations of the Bible. Well, at least those that take the original Hebrew and Greek (with a bit of Aramaic) and translate the words into English. Newer translations often are able to... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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With as much regularity as my schedule allows, I attend a Sunday morning adult education class offered by my congregation. It's called "The Bible Speaks Today," and we look at our reactions to the previous week's sermon while also trying... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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From the time of his election in 2013, Pope Francis has been a remarkably intriguing public figure who has managed to set a new tone for the Catholic Church while also making some enemies. Lots of people outside of Catholicism... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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This past Saturday at my church, Second Presbyterian, we finished a six-week series of classes called "Introducing the Qur'an to Christians." (Here is a KSHB-TV story about those classes. It aired a few days before the classes started.) Not only... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As most of you know, World War II began on Sept. 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. But no war really begins on the day the actual fighting starts. If a planned World War II museum in Gdansk, Poland, were... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On this Mother's Day weekend, I want to share with you a few words I heard the other night from Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club. (He's seen on the screen at the center of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In recent decades, I've heard people use the word "Christian" as a dismissive insult. Usually their reference is to the fairly widespread belief that Christians are rigid, arrogant and self-righteous. In fact, if you go to the Yahoo.com search engine... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Religious liberty is one of the foundational human rights, and in various ways Americans cherish it. You can tell that because they fight about it in court and out. But, as I've written before, religious freedom in the U.S. is... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Being a member of the clergy can be -- and often is -- a terribly stressful job. The old joke about how Christian pastors work one hour a week, on Sunday, never was very funny. For one thing, a well-researched,... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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With music, prayers and some symbolic shoveling, Habitat for Humanity Kansas City on Sunday broke ground for the rehabilitation of a 1908 house on the city's east side. But this isn't your standard Habitat rehab project. Rather, it is the... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog