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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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In recent years the number of worthwhile -- often excellent -- books about the Bible seems to have exploded. These are books by scholars and pastors that try to help readers understand that reading and understanding scripture is no simple... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For several days I've been thinking about the decision, reported in this Kansas City Star story, by a local rescue mission not to allow legally married same-sex couples to stay in the shelter together as couples. The more I've thought... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I love hymns and even write some myself. So whenever I'm in a house of worship other than my own, I pick up the hymnal or song book and have a look. Which is what I did this past weekend... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the half-truths (well, more like quarter-truths) about the modern Jewish state of Israel is that it was created as a safe haven for Jews because of the Holocaust. You especially hear this nowadays from Holocaust deniers as a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There may not be a more misused book in the world than the Bible, which is actually a collection of books. Nearly every day it's possible to hear people quote some verse to make a point that, in proper context,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's hard to know exactly what will happen and when but after last night's "60 Minutes" interview with Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, it looks for all the world as if the days are numbered for Bishop Robert W. Finn... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The frontier-pushing, St. Louis County-born American ex-patriot poet T.S. Eliot wrote in his work "Four Quartets" this: Old men ought to be explorers Here or there does not matter We must be still and still moving Into another intensity For... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the most interesting evolving religious stories in the United States is the ways in which Muslims are negotiating a place in American life. There have been Muslims in the U.S. for centuries, of course. But it really wasn't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What a remarkable time for the Catholic Church worldwide, but what a strange time for America's Catholic bishops. In a year and a half, Pope Francis has turned their world upside down. Many seem to have "lost their bearings," a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Although so far I haven't written about it here on the blog, you may be aware that Mark Driscoll, pastor of a megachurch in Seattle, resigned recently, admitting his many failures. His Mars Hill church is dissolving, too. It's not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Having just come through one more terrible election cycle, the American people seem to be losing heart about our political system. They understand it's become a corrupt and that it favors people with money at the expense of others. They... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Many of us are aware of the reality that the religious landscape of the United States has become increasingly diverse in the last several decades. What we may not appreciate, however, is that something similar is happening to varying degrees... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If we date the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement -- roughly and arbitrarily -- from December 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a public bus in Montgomery, Ala., it started when I was not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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You have only a little over a week left to see a fabulous play at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre that seeks to help viewers understand what it's like for Muslim immigrants to the U.S. to negotiate life here. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I continue to think that the many issues of race (and social systems) that the strife this year in Ferguson, Mo., has raised are nowhere close to being understood by much of the nation -- and thus nowhere close to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Last year, in this post, I wrote about a Christian seminary that had decided to operate with more of an interfaith agenda. Hartford Seminary in Connecticut has been the model, in fact, for how a Christian institution designed to train... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When people think about Poland and Jews, most go right to the Holocaust. And why not? After all, more than 90 percent of the roughly 3.3 million Jews living in Poland at the start of World War II perished in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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COVINGTON, La. -- Dozens of kids faced John Price, the man who oversees the Insta-Gator Alligator Ranch here north of New Orleans, and a 10-year-old girl had a challenging question: "So you kill God's creatures?" John (he's holding the baby... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Jesus offered eternal truths through his famous parables, those electrifying little stories that slammed into people's hearts and caused them to re-examine their lives. Today, however, it's hard to hear those parables in the same way that Jesus' First Century... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Here we are at a holiday -- with faith roots -- that I am not crazy about but that seems to be growing more popular each year. Halloween teaches kids extortion. Isn't that the point of it? Well, maybe it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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NEW ORLEANS -- I've been here visiting friends for a few days and won't get back to regular blogging until tomorrow. So until then, if you're looking for updates about religion news, I suggest you check in with Religion News... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Maybe you, too, have noticed that the movement toward marriage equality in the U.S. has been sweeping across the country, almost unimpeded. How could you not notice? More and more states are allowing same-sex marriage. I'm delighted by this change... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Over and over those of us in Christian churches have heard this phrase: "The church is dying." It's the kind of hyperbole I wrote about here over the weekend. And yet there is enough truth in it to make hearts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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We (I'm using the editorial we, which really means I but no one is to know that) speak here today about ghosts. Not the Holy Ghost of the Christian Trinity but just of ghosts, those spirits of dead people who... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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People engage in hyperbole all the time. An example would be me in the previous sentence. Seriously, one of the things that plagues not just American society but cultures around the world is the tendency to exaggerate in ways that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog