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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Here we are at a holiday -- with faith roots -- that I am not crazy about but that seems to be growing more popular each year. Halloween teaches kids extortion. Isn't that the point of it? Well, maybe it... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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NEW ORLEANS -- I've been here visiting friends for a few days and won't get back to regular blogging until tomorrow. So until then, if you're looking for updates about religion news, I suggest you check in with Religion News... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Maybe you, too, have noticed that the movement toward marriage equality in the U.S. has been sweeping across the country, almost unimpeded. How could you not notice? More and more states are allowing same-sex marriage. I'm delighted by this change... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Over and over those of us in Christian churches have heard this phrase: "The church is dying." It's the kind of hyperbole I wrote about here over the weekend. And yet there is enough truth in it to make hearts... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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We (I'm using the editorial we, which really means I but no one is to know that) speak here today about ghosts. Not the Holy Ghost of the Christian Trinity but just of ghosts, those spirits of dead people who... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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People engage in hyperbole all the time. An example would be me in the previous sentence. Seriously, one of the things that plagues not just American society but cultures around the world is the tendency to exaggerate in ways that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When are we obliged to allow religious beliefs of certain people to impede open scientific explorations that can help us understand our world? This is the poignant question raised in this piece by George Johnson, who writes about science for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's my contention that there are no atheists in the world. That's because I believe that whatever is most important in your life at any given moment is your god, even if you deny the existence of what the major... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have made the point many times before that religious institutions often are slow to change. Sometimes that's a good thing, but frequently it isn't. One of the things that happens when religious leaders fail to keep up with current... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Earlier this year in this blog post I told you about my friend and fellow columnist Lindor Reynolds of the Winnipeg Free Press. In that post I gave you a link to what I supposed (correctly) would be her final... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Because my wife was receiving the "Outstanding Volunteer Award" here Friday from InterHab at its annual awards ceremony, I came along as her proud husband and cheerleader. When the event was over, I found myself thinking about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's time to offer to you a few faith-related books that you might think about for your autumn-winter reading or even for holiday gifts (after, of course, you've given all your friends my books). Sometimes I'm overwhelmed by how many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As we finish moving through this election cycle (hurry, please), no doubt all of us have begun to weary of the vacuous commercials that mostly slam opponents while offering precious little in the way of policy proposals or analysis. In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What should you and your faith community be doing, if anything, about the issues raised by the trouble in Ferguson, Mo.? Is it your fight? Are you a stakeholder in Ferguson even if you live in Kansas City or Berkeley... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes people of faith get so engaged in matters of justice, compassion and theology that they fail to appreciate the simple world of family around them. It's easy to do. Indeed, as someone who counts seven children to whom I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Perhaps you saw or read about the debate that comedian (why doesn't he stick to comedy?) Bill Maher had the other day about Islam. Maher has essentially no use for any religion, and he's an equal opportunity disliker, so he... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Since The Book of Mormon first was published in 1830, it has been the center of relentless controversy. Was it the highly imaginative fictional product of the fevered mind of a fraud, Joseph Smith (depicted below, right)? Or was it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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With Judaism's recent High Holy Days now behind us, I want to turn again to a rather familiar subject -- Israel and its future. When I returned from helping to lead a Jewish-Christian study tour to Israel in 2012, I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I mentioned here on the blog yesterday, today is World Homeless Day. Which gives me the opportunity to share with you some of the information given this past Sunday to the Witherspoon class of my congregation by Jason Bohn,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I don't read a lot of fiction and I don't review a lot of it here on the blog or elsewhere. I have nothing against fiction. (Some of my best friends are fictitious.) But there is so much in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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After Dennis L. Rader of suburban Wichita was convicted of being the BTK mass murderer nine years ago, I went to talk with Mike Clark, the pastor of the church where Rader was an active member. Among the questions I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It is easy to denounce violence by gangs in American cities. It's scary stuff. It ends promising lives. It terrorizes people. It should be denounced. But it's much harder to understand what drives young people -- mostly males -- into... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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To say that sacred scripture of any faith reflects the culture and times in which the words were composed is not to deny that followers of those religions consider them sacred and even, in some sense, to be the word... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the things that most pleased me about the opportunity to work on the book They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust, was that Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn and I got to tell real stories... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It was some time in the 1970s or early '80s, I think, that I began to hear people dismissing the National Council of Churches as a left-wing political advocacy group. That characterization conflicted rather starkly with the NCC I was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog