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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Now that a couple of days have passed since President Donald Trump spoke at length in Saudi Arabia about Islam, let's take a deep breath and try to give it a fair analysis. If you didn't hear it or haven't... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It no longer is news that religion has become less important to many Americans. We've all read about the decline in membership of many Protestant denominations. We know that about 25 percent of American adults now consider themselves religiously unaffiliated.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In a time of division and rancor within Christianity (well, within almost all faith traditions), it's sort of nice to hear about the potential for cooperation and partnership. A group made up of Episcopalians and United Methodists is recommending that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As President Trump travels to the heart of Islam, Saudi Arabia, I want to call to your attention a book about Islam that I haven't yet had a chance to read but that may (or may not) help you understand... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I confess there is much about pop culture and particularly pop music of various kinds about which I know almost nothing. Other subjects and pursuits have filled my time by choice. But I know just enough about the musical group... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes the news should carry with it a big stamp that says "Warning: Irony Ahead." Like this story, saying that Sweden -- Sweden, for heaven's sake -- has been testing Christian converts seeking asylum there about the religion to which... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Even Unitarian Universalist congregations themselves would describe themselves as among the most theologically and socially liberal church bodies in the U.S. It is a non-creedal religious movement in which all are welcome and all are encouraged to search for their... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Religion scholar Diana Butler Bass, whose books I've read and whom I've met several times, is one of those rational but challenging voices trying to re-imagine and re-energize Protestant Christianity. I reviewed her book Grounded: Finding God in the World,... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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After the recent election of Emmanuel Macron as president of France, it's worth taking a look at what that might mean for that nation's on-going effort to assimilate a large Muslim population within its borders, its customs, its life. This... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Controversies in theological seminaries are not new, though over time the shape and content of them changes. When I was a reporter for the now-defunct Rochester (N.Y.) Times-Union in the late 1960s, black students at what was then called Colgate-Rochester... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Rob Bell, a young (46) Christian pastor and author, has been making quite a name for himself as founding pastor of a fast-growing church in Michigan (which he left in 2012) and, in his book Love Wins, by suggesting that... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Earlier this week, Charlie Munger, the vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett is chairman), said he was appalled at the wasteful spending that goes toward the dying in our American health care system. "The amount of waste from overtreatment... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When Jesus of Nazareth began his brief (one to three years) ministry, he did not, while on Earth, start a new religion. What he started was a movement to reform certain practices and focuses of Judaism, his religion. Which is... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Among the most widely used and affirmed statements of Christian faith is the Apostles' Creed, which says this about Jesus of Nazareth: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes -- especially when it comes to church-state separation issues -- what government does amounts to little more than smoke and mirrors. No better example of this exists than the “Executive Order on Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” which... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's May, which means the school year will be ending for lots of young folks. That, in turn, means lots of parents and grandparents will be shipping the kids off to camp or summer school or to visit family. And... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Some years ago -- at least 25, maybe more -- a colleague at work joked to me that he tried to be an atheist but he kept having lapses of disbelief. I liked the line. In fact, I think I... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In the Reformed Tradition of Christianity (which means, essentially, the branch mostly made up of Presbyterians), you can find the idea that people are called not just to ordained ministry but to whatever their work is. I knew pretty early... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Every year the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom surveys the globe and points out how various countries are doing in protecting the religious liberty of their citizens. It's a useful exercise that helps to guide the State Department as... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Theological education for Christian pastors has been changing in recent years and, by now, it looks precious little like it looked 50 or even 30 years ago. One of the people who has seen -- and in some ways shaped... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I confess that I do not have -- in fact, have never had -- a Netflix account. Now and then I'll go see a film in an actual theater, though my preference is live performances in Kansas City area theaters.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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My next Flatland column, which posted here this morning, focuses on the role the Rev. Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in suburban Leawood, Kan., is playing as the UMC denomination faces a likely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's almost inevitable that when I speak to groups about interfaith matters and ask them the name of the world religion with the most adherents, the first guess will be Islam. No. It's Christianity. At the moment the best guesses... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In my last National Catholic Reporter column, I suggested the churches rethink the processes they have created to ordain people to be pastors. There are lots of reasons to reconsider ordination, including the current danger that pastors who don't know... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As Christian churches in the U.S. try to find ways to be faithful to their theology and still seem relevant and useful to millennials and other younger people, they face a reality that the Rev. Jan Edmiston (pictured here in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog