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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If it makes you feel any better (it shouldn't), know that nationalistic bigotry about racial purity is not limited to demonstrations in the U.S., such as the one witnessed some weeks ago in Charlottesville, Va. A similarly sickening protest just... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have a friend from my congregation who has done a deep dive into the question of forgiveness in a Christian context. In fact, he sometimes has offered a workshop called The Forgiveness Cafe. But it turns out that it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As the world marks the end of World War I 99 years ago this weekend, I want to back up a few days to Nov. 7, 1917, and not because that was the day on which my father turned 8... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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We seem to have entered an era of emotionally empty perseveration, the persistent and pathological repetition of what has become this hollow motor response: "I'm sending you my thoughts and prayers." It's mostly well-meaning bunkum. But at least it's well-meaning.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The news out of Saudi Arabia in the last several days has been confusing and troubling. Because the Saudi kingdom is ground zero for Islam, meaning its birth place, it's important to get a sense of how all the turmoil... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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TOLUCA, Ill. -- As we do now and then, we Helanders (my mother was born a Helander, so I'm half Helander) gathered here for a family reunion last Saturday night. And where else would a bunch of Swedes eat but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Even non-Muslim Americans who have quite a few Muslim friends and who are reasonably well versed in the beliefs and practices of Islam sometimes wonder whether the religion could use something like what Christianity went through starting 500 years ago... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If it's true in science that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, something similar may be true in politics. At least it's looking that way, again, in this Trump era. President Trump has made it clear... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The Ten Commandments have held a central place in both Judaism and Christianity for a long time. Appropriately so. In effect, they were a gift of grace from God so people would know not only what was expected of them... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Now that we're a few days beyond the Oct. 31 commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, it's time for Christians to look not back but forward. First, however, it's important to recognize our present... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The November issue of The Atlantic tells this shocking story of hazing at a Penn State fraternity that resulted in the death of a sophomore there. It's an appalling story about young men (except for the only African-American member of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In the book of Genesis, there are two creation stories and they don't match up very well. Still, there and in other sacred texts from other traditions, the question of how the cosmos got created, when, by whom and why... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On this date 500 years ago, the regrettable, not inevitable, Protestant Reformation began. Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk in the backwater German town of Wittenberg, nailed to the cathedral door there 95 issues he thought should be debated in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the reasons my pastor, Paul Rock, and I wrote our 2015 book about Pope Francis was that much of the world, including those of us who are Protestants, seemed to have fallen in love with him. We wondered... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A few days ago in Washington, D.C., some folks gathered for a press conference. Nothing unusual about that. But the subject was unusual for the people who were promoting it. The press conference was called by Republicans who are part... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I am often intrigued when researchers at universities in my area produce newsworthy findings. I'll be writing about one piece of that research today, but I note that it was produced by Michael W. Bruening, an associate professor of history... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In this time of #MeToo hashtags -- those wounded, indignant and understandable cries of countless women who have been sexually assaulted in some way by piggish men -- you might think that the field of religion would provide a place... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When you think of Montgomery, Ala., what comes to mind? Maybe the bus boycott in the 1950s that, in many ways, kick-started the Civil Rights Movement. Or maybe the fact that, for a time, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Pollution kills more people each year than war, murder, AIDS or malaria -- about 9 million in 2015 alone, a new and disturbing report says. The Guardian report to which I've just linked you puts it this way: "Toxic air,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog