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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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If, as G.K. Chesterton, once wrote, America is "a nation with the soul of a church," perhaps it would be wise for us on this presidential inauguration day to do a brief review of our new president's connection to religion... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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My wife and I moved into the house in which we now live in November 2000. We brought with us cardboard boxes full of the evidence of our past lives and stored most of that in our basement. The theory,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I ran across this story a day or two ago, I thought at first that it was a reprint from the 1980s or '90s. What, I wondered, is news about the fact that two seminaries are asking their teachers... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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We're far enough into the new year that by now many of you already have finished the books you got for Christmas (I hope one of them was my new one, The Value of Doubt). So today I'm going to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, I'm going to return to some words spoken last week by our first African-American president, Barack Obama, words that sought to describe where we stand on race relations in this country. They... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It seems, at least at first, perfectly natural for people to find ways to provide economic and spiritual support to others who share their values and who somehow seem part of their clan, their family, their tribe. So, for instance,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As you may know, the Protestant Reformation (the 500th anniversary of the start of which we're commemorating this year) took many forms. It was not a single event led by Martin Luther against the Catholic Church of the day. Oh,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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This past Sunday in the adult education class I usually attend at my church, we got into an interesting discussion about how we are called to use what we refer to as our prophetic voices. That is, in this case... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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With the winter holidays behind us, one of the issues many Americans are dealing with is what to do with the extra mass they have accumulated by consuming figgy pudding and sugar Santa cookies and fruitcake made by monks. Think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have discovered through my volunteer board work with Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care that many people don't understand what palliative care is or how it differs from the care one receives when one chooses to be in hospice... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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My friend W. Paul Jones spent much of his career as a United Methodist minister teaching theology at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. But then he made a rather significant change in his life, as monasticism intrigued... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Among people who work in the area of interfaith dialogue and understanding, Eboo Patel, founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core, has become something of a legend. And he's coming back to Kansas City on Feb. 24 to lead... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There's an old church joke about a farmer who shows up for worship one Sunday morning and realizes he's the only one there that stormy day. But he has a seat and waits to see what the preacher will do.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The wise and still-at-it religious scholar Martin E. Marty oversees (and often writes) a weekly online column called "Sightings," in which he and others report some aspect of religion that is making the news. In one released earlier this week,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Anyone who has read my work in the last 15 years (and even before, though with less focus then) knows that I have been -- and continue to be -- a strong proponent of interfaith understanding and dialogue. Huston Smith,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Considering all the time, energy and emotion that has been spent on the question of same-sex marriage (I've been for it for a long time), I like to offer encouragement to people, especially elected officials, who think about creative ways... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As we move through the choppy apogees and perigees of our lives, some dates on the calendar acquire meaning that is deeper than others. Today is such a date for me. Let me first tell you why, then make a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A primary argument in my new book, The Value of Doubt, is that we miss much of the meaning of sacred writ if we take it all literally and imagine that it has no historical, scientific, economic or other kinds... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Almost all adult Americans are aware that the term "religious liberty" has taken on various political meanings. To some it means the freedom to protect LGBT people from discrimination. To others it means the freedom to discriminate against such people... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Yesterday here on the blog, I wrote about an essay written a few decades back by a man who today teaches at Duke Divinity School, which, of course, is part of Duke University in Durham, N.C. What I didn't know... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It must now be 25 years ago that I judged a writing contest for the Evangelical Press Association. In the midst of some fair-to-middlin' writing and some indigestible junk, I found a lovely piece by Will Willimon (pictured here), who... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When people know they are dying, know their time is coming to an end in a matter of months, if not weeks or days, what do they want to talk about, to remember, to re-think in their sunset days? The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In important ways, theology is, inevitably, an arrogant and even foolish pursuit, given that there is no possible way our finite minds can come close to grasping the infinite. And yet something in us -- something honorable, perhaps even God-given... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For Christians, the incarnation that happened at Christmas (no matter when it really occurred on the calendar) is, in the end, about love and grace and understanding that God is compassionate. What all that means must be unpacked by each... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The United States has just been through a terrifically vile and trying election season. Before we move on, we would do well to think about (for the purpose of changing and fixing) what this Atlantic piece calls "The Spiritual Crisis... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog