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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Religion has an often-deserved reputation for being extraordinarily slow to change and for sticking with ancient traditions long after anyone remembers what they might have meant when first instituted. As I say, this reputation is often deserved -- but not... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Sometimes it takes a crisis to reveal reality. In that sense, this COVID-19 pandemic has helped to show Americans a number of things about our political, social, economic and health-care systems that need immediate attention. The Rev. Liz Theoharis (pictured... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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From the time the privately owned Museum of the Bible opened in late 2017 in Washington, D.C., it's been plagued by several troubling and embarrassing developments. The first problem was that there was considerable skepticism among religion scholars that the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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In this coronavirus pandemic, let's think a little about the relationship between religion and sickness. They have a long history together. There's even a 2016 book called Religion and Illness. Among the connections between the two: Religion helps people make... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Just a quick thought or two today as we feel our way through this coronavirus pandemic. Whenever this crisis starts to seem like it's going away, what will you regret not having done at its start? Maybe not checking on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Sometimes I hear Christians say that they don't want to hear politics from the preacher in the pulpit. It makes me wonder why they don't want to hear the gospel. After all, much of what Jesus said and did was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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The worldwide coronavirus crisis has raised lots of important questions for people of faith, not the least of which are about the value of gathering for worship and about the mandate to care for one another. A lot has changed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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In many ways, religion is about the supernatural. About miracles. About unseen powers. That is both a strength and a weakness. It can lead to a sustainable faith that can get people through challenging times and can guide them toward... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Eventually the truth about almost any subject or happening will be revealed. Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, it appears that we finally may learn, in some detail, the truth about what Pope Pius XII did or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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A few days ago, The Wall Street Journal carried this opinion column with this headline: "Thank God, American Churches Are Dying." The headline, as many headlines are online these days, was simply click bait. The author, Ericka Andersen, a writer... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Voters in the U.S. have a chance to elect their first Jewish president this November -- either Sen. Bernie Sanders (left) or business tycoon Michael Bloomberg (right). Might this be a sign that we are a more pluralistic, more accepting,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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If you read the Bible in a literalistic way -- which is to say in a way that relieves you of understanding the original context and what the Hebrew and Greek (and Aramaic) words might have meant -- you could... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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For more than 50 years, maybe 60, a major story in American Christianity has been the slow decline of the place of religion in the life of the country. The Mainline Protestant churches (Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Disciples of Christ, American... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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This is -- or, anyway, before Monday holidays, used to be -- Abraham Lincoln's birthday. He was born Feb. 12, 1809, near Hodgenville, Ky. His later-adopted state of Illinois is where I was born, and we Illinois natives like to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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The responses to the April 2014 murders of three people at Jewish institutions in the Kansas City area continue. And thank goodness for that because those responses stand not only against the barbaric neo-Nazi thinking that led to the murders... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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The long-misnamed United Methodist Church, barring divine intervention, will experience schism when its governing body, the General Conference, meets in Minneapolis from May 5 through May 15. I say it's been misnamed because from the time it was founded in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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From the time the results of the 2016 presidential election showed that 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump -- despite the reality that his life is an almost-complete rejection of the values they say they hold dear... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a good time to think about the prophetic role of what has come to be called the black church. King clearly used his prophetic voice to call his nation -- my nation, our nation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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In my Dec. 31, 2019, post, I said I was stopping this blog because I had other writing projects I wanted to do but not the time to work on them. All true. I also indicated that from time to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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As the archives of this blog will attest, I started it in December 2004 when I was still a full-time columnist at The Kansas City Star. I've loved the daily rhythm of doing it -- as, earlier, I loved the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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I am going to back up a couple of days in the news because I want to say something about the Christmas message Pope Francis delivered this year. In it, he said this: “Christmas reminds us that God continues to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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In the Vietnam War era, it became a repugnant cliche to refer to unintended civilian deaths as "collateral damage." The term dehumanized what happened so we didn't have to think about women and children, mostly, losing their lives to the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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As this year comes to an end, it's a good time to ponder not the world coming to an end, exactly, but of one of the false prophets who predicted the world would end on this date in 1908, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Last week here on the blog, in a secondary item, I mentioned that Pope Francis had promulgated new rules that are designed to deal more openly and forthrightly with the sexual abuse scandal in the church. And I suggested that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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A Merry Christmas to all celebrating that this day, as am I. I'm going to try something a little different this year. I'm going to try giving you a Christmas story that I wrote for the now-defunct Star Magazine, part... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog