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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Back in the 1980s, I was serving on a regional Presbyterian committee charged with overseeing seminary students from our area. One of those students once was questioned about whether there were any circumstances under which he might agree to baptize... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As regular readers of this blog know, I am not a biblical literalist. In fact, as I've said more than once, you can take the Bible literally or you can take it seriously, but you can't do both. It's not... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I first met the Rev. Roger Coleman in the 1970s, when I was working on several series of articles for The Kansas City Star about racial turnover and how that was affecting neighborhoods in Kansas City. Roger lived in Midtown... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ECHO LAKE, Vt. -- On a table under our park shelter here at the Bibens (my wife's maiden name) family reunion, cousin Diane had set out all the photographs, diaries and other documents that her now-97-year-old mother had saved through... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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MANCHESTER, Vt. -- On the second floor of Hildene, the huge family home of Abraham Lincoln's son Robert, a small space is devoted to some documents and artifacts related to the 16th president's time in office and his life. (The... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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NORTH SPRINGFIELD, Vt. -- After some family time, I expect to get back to regular blogging here on Friday, but while I work my way back to a normal routine, here are a couple of places where you can find... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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NORTH SPRINGFIELD, Vt. -- After some family time, I expect to get back to regular blogging here on Friday, but while I work my way back to a normal routine, here are a couple of places where you can find... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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NORTH SPRINGFIELD, Vt. -- After some family time, I expect to get back to regular blogging here on Friday, but while I work my way back to a normal routine, here are a couple of places where you can find... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Time out for a short history lesson today. That's because tomorrow will be the 90th anniversary of the conviction of John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in a public school in Dayton, Tenn. His fine at the end of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A friend received the e-mail I'm reprinting below the other day from GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin. I'm sharing it with you not to promote Walker (with whom I disagree about a lot) but to raise some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Now that Pope Francis has flown home from his visit to South America, it's worth taking a deeper look at his relentless criticism that capitalism has failed in many ways to be fair and equitable to all. It's not a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Today I am celebrating here my own congregation, Second Presbyterian Church of Kansas City. That's because it is celebrating 150 years of ministry, having been founded on July 10, 1865, with seven women and three men as its first members.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The University of St. Thomas campus here is one more example of how the creators of Catholic colleges and universities seem to understand the need to blend head with heart and soul. I was here last... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Despite the recent injury to Alex Gordon, it's going to be fun tonight to watch the Major League All Star Game with several other Kansas City Royals in the lineup. But the idea of all stars got me to thinking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- I had the privilege here yesterday of offering the sermon at an interfaith service for Friends of Woodstock School, the institution in northern India I attended for a time when I was a boy. (The top... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In the sanctuary of the church in which I grew up, both the Christian and the American flag flew. As a boy, it seemed so natural and common to me that I didn't really question it. In fact, if I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Fans and supporters of Bill Cosby were disappointed this week to learn that court documents sealed for 10 years now reveal he obtained drugs to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex. What makes Cosby's slow fall... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On the whole, the United States is a pretty religious country, meaning that a vast majority (in the 90 percent range) of the population expresses a belief in God and that close to 80 percent of the population is affiliated... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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You may or may not be aware that the great World War II columnist Ernie Pyle is sort of the patron saint of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, which I once served as president. Each year we in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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We just passed through another Fourth of July without my hearing any mention of Thomas Hooker (depicted here), again. Today is an excellent day to bring up this complaint because, though the records differ a bit on his date of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I finally had a chance a few days ago to see the "Preserving the Iraqi Jewish Archive" exhibit at the National Archives hall just west of Union Station in Kansas City. It's well worth the time, but to see it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Several years ago (2003, if you want to be technical) my three sisters, first cousins and extended family (including me) gathered for a family reunion in Beaufort, N.C., over a Fourth of July. On July 3, I was having breakfast... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As Americans have struggled with questions of homosexuality, many have relied on the teachings of their faith communities to inform their opinions. Those teachings range all over the lot, as this Religion News Service blog, with charts, shows. It reveals... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind., (pictured here) was the sort of public servant that brought honor to the job. That differentiates him from some members of Congress today who are there to advance an ideological agenda that is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In President Obama's remarkably lucid and touching eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney the other day in South Carolina, he spoke a truth about the role of church among African-Americans that I think many whites have never quite understood. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog