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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I took a 2002 reporting trip to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uzbekistan with other journalists to try to get a feel for what Islam looks like today and what it looked like... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Like 84 million other Americans, I watched the presidential debate Monday night between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. And I struggled to articulate the implications of some of Trump's annoying and, frankly, unbelievable responses. I was especially pained by his... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It took the 9/11 terrorist attacks 15 years ago for many Americans to realize that America is home to a lot of Muslims. As I mentioned here yesterday, the American Muslim population estimates range from 3.3 million to perhaps 10... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For American Muslims, this presidential election season has been little short of a nightmare. A major part of that has been the anger and resentment toward Muslims that Donald Trump stirred up when he proposed at least a temporary ban... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Ever since I read this David Brooks column a few months back about J.D. Vance's book, Hillbilly Elegy, I've wanted a chance to see what it could teach me about what Vance calls families and a culture "in crisis." So... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I am a fan of Leonard Cohen (pictured here), the singer-songwriter-poet who turned 82 last week. I can, in fact, sing you several verses of his famous "Hallelujah." Not well, but I know the words. Cohen draws from his Jewish... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I noted here on the blog in May, the United Methodist Church appears to be headed for a major schism, which finds its roots in the question of what, if anything, the Bible says about homosexuality. (For my take... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The Wells Fargo bank scandal, recently uncovered, was profoundly appalling but not surprising. When money is an idol, as it surely is in our society, unethical behavior inevitably follows. The reassuring aspect of this deplorable story is that the big... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In much of the last half of the 20th Century in the United States, society's focus was on racial matters, as the civil rights movement brought to the attention of almost everyone ways in which equality among the races before... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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At my church, we're in the middle of four Wednesday evening sessions called "Faith Without 'Othering.'" In it Betsy Hansbrough is helping us learn about some of the thinking of René Girard, a Christian philosopher and historian who died last... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In several branches of Christianity that would identify themselves as conservative or evangelical, there are rules and traditions that forbid women from being ordained as pastors. In fact, the Apostle Paul's narrow instructions to the early church at Corinth (found... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The other day here on the blog, I linked readers to a piece by the foreign minister from Iran who was suggesting that it would be good if Wahhabism, the puritanical form of Islam that has been promoted by Saudi... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Among the most famous words in the Bible are those attributed to God in the first creation story (there are two and they don't match up very well) in the book of Genesis: "Let there be light," as the King... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Donald Trump is usually more overt than this. But now, without any announcement of his new goal, he's started promising to unite Americans "under one God," as this Huffington Post piece reports. The full version of his new speech-ending rhetoric... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For some decades now, faith communities -- especially Christian churches in the U.S. -- have been worrying about the many young people who drop out. What are their needs that churches and synagogues aren't meeting? What would it take to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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At the 9/11 community commemoration Sunday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Kansas City I wound up sitting next to a woman whom I had met a few times previously. Before the service began, we shared a bit about our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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From time to time over the years here and in other writing venues I've made mention of a terrific resource, Christian History magazine. I will do so again today because I want you to have a chance to read the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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TONGANOXIE, Kan. -- For the last few weeks, Grinter's Sunflower Farm near here has been attracting lots and lots of traffic, as people have been ooohing and aaahing over the beauty of ripened green and yellow fields. And you have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I was 46 years old, I was the father of a 19-year-old daughter in college and a 16-year-old daughter in high school. If my late nephew Karleton D. B. Fyfe (pictured here a few months before his death) had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Back in the 1980s I was in the market for a new car, and someone (can't remember who now) suggested I go see Dave Metheney at Burton Motors in suburban Lee's Summit, Mo. It turned out I liked Dave a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The other day one of my wife's cousins and his wife and son stopped by. They were in town from the Chicago area visiting their son, who lives here now. As we were catching up on our lives, the cousin... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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People who study the history of religions know that Christianity grew from Jewish roots and that it took until roughly the year 150 C.E. for followers of Jesus to separate themselves so completely from Judaism that they could be thought... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Perhaps you were unaware the God is running as a candidate for president of the United States. No, I don't mean either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, each of whom at different times in their lives have mistaken themselves for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I won't be writing about Labor Day and its connections to religion here today, on Labor Day. Instead, if that subject interests you, I point you to an excellent collection of such material here at ReadTheSpirit.com, which my friend David... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Every year across the U.S., religious groups of various kinds hold conventions, seminars, conferences and other kinds of meetings that -- no matter what some people in the pews may assume -- do not happen without a lot of planning.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog