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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Kirksville, Mo. -- Fifty-seven years ago, 92 miles to the south in Columbia, Mo., I received my bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and started my professional career of informing people with news stories... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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The core idea behind the religious/political aberration known as American Christian Nationalism is that God has uniquely blessed the United States. (Isn't that in the Bible somewhere? Clue: No.) In Christian theology, the accurate word for that belief in a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Although I'm often disappointed in the religious literacy of many Americans, I'm only occasionally shocked, gob-smacked, startled by evidence of religious ignorance and bigotry coming from elected officials with high offices who should know better. Much better. But that was... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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In the Catholic Church, the "women religious" (you may know them as the nuns) have always occupied what many consider an awkward (or maybe liminal) place. They aren't -- and so far can't be -- priests, but neither are they... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Yes, of course I'm glad that a few days ago the United Methodist Church decided to change its rules to allow the ordination of otherwise-qualified LGBTQ+ people to be clergy. It should have happened years ago, just as -- after... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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My taste in music is reasonably broad but my interest in hard rock and in whatever hot pop music is called these days is minimal. So it may not surprise you to learn that, despite Taylor Swift's enormous popularity for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Over the last several months, I have been fascinated to follow the story about charges of sexual misconduct by the founder of the International House of Prayer (IHOP), Mike Bickle. A week-plus ago, IHOP officials announced they were closing the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Because modern antisemitism has deep roots in Christianity's long history of anti-Judaism, the hatred of Jews is an ancient problem. But it's a calumny that is experiencing an alarming resurgence, especially since the Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas terrorist attack on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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In the last week or so, as I've been judging some of the entries in this year's White Rose Student Research Contest sponsored by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (on the board of which I serve), I've also been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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American Christianity is in crisis. Worse, the path forward would seem to require confession, repentance and the rejection of idolatry -- none of which seems likely at the moment. The problem isn't simply that Americans are walking away from religion,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Stereotypes begin with at least one element of truth -- or, perhaps, semi-truth. But that one element then gets inaccurately and unwisely attached to every member of a group even though that winds up making things look much simpler than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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The idea that human beings are built for relationship is found throughout the sacred scripture of many faith traditions. Begin, for example, with the creation stories in the book of Genesis and you will discover that Adam, the first man... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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The first stirrings of what we now call Christianity can be found 2,000 years ago in Judaism, which is almost twice as old. But both faith traditions have evolved from their origins in ways that some of the early adherents... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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For a week or more now, I've been thinking about the “God Bless the USA” Bible that Donald Trump has been hawking for $60, minus a penny. The least objectionable response to this avaricious abhorrence I've come up with is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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In the U.S., there is no religious test for anyone running for public office. Which is not to say that at least some voters don't consider religion when judging candidates. Recent polling, in fact, suggests that many voters think the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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The world is in the middle of what Christians call Holy Week as it's also moving toward the end of the Muslim calendar's month of Ramadan and approaching (sundown, April 22) Passover for Judaism. Because all three Abrahamic faith traditions... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know that several times in the past few years -- including since Hamas viciously attacked Israel last Oct. 7 -- I have written about resurgent antisemitism. And if you've read any... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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On the whole, I have been pleased with the way Pope Francis has handled his difficult job since being elected 10 years ago last week. In fact, not long after he took office, my then-pastor, the Rev. Dr. Paul T.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Over the last dozen or so years, the list of books by authors who are walking away from evangelical Christianity (that term is loose and without a definitive antecedent) is long. I'll list a few before talking about a new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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History is preserved in various ways -- ways that quite often leave conflicting stories of what happened and why. Even in sacred scripture there are instances in which the stories told conflict with each other. For instance, the Hebrew Bible... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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I still remember the day that my Kansas City Star phone rang and it was the security guard at our front door. He wanted me to know I had a visitor who just showed up without an appointment. "Says her... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Capital punishment in the U.S. is in very slow decline. But it can't disappear soon enough. It's a vicious, capricious, uneven, expensive system that shames every state that uses it. Since the death penalty was restored as a legal weapon... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Cedar Monroe knows what it means to be called "poor white trash," and has decided to have none of it anymore. Monroe understands that such labels reflect an economy and political and racial systems that work pretty much as they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Theological instruction starts soon after life starts, it turns out. Which is to say that children begin to grasp at least a little bit about God and eternal matters based on how adults treat them and what questions children are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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The recent death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (by "death" I mean murder by Vladimir Putin's autocracy), was one more example of how a political leader who pretends to be committed to a religion uses that religion as a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2024 at Bill's Faith Matters blog