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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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NORTH HERO, Vt. -- I'm here in New England for some family time that includes a memorial service that I'll lead for my wife's 100-year-old aunt. While I'm gone you can keep up on developments in the world of faith... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Just over a week ago, I took an overnight road trip to Pekin, Ill., to attend the funeral of the oldest of my five first cousins. As is my habit while driving alone, I sometimes flip on the radio and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Have you yet today said happy birthday to the late Reinhold Niebuhr (pictured here)? I thought not. But today is the anniversary of his birth in 1892 in Wright City, Mo. Did you know that Missouri produces theologians (several Niebuhrs)... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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We return here today to the difficult topic of what is called "medically assisted suicide," though for various reasons that's not a particularly helpful and descriptive turn. Maine just became the eighth state to allow this end-of-life practice. But it's... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Across history's long span, terrorist groups have come and gone because, after all, terrorism is not a new phenomenon. Among the most recent terrorist organization to dwindle (though not quite yet away) is the Islamic State, or ISIS. It has... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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At least as far back as 1993, I've been writing in various venues that the Bible should not be used as a weapon in the debate about whether homosexuality is a sin because the writers of that book understood virtually... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Today is the 47th anniversary of the Watergate break-in. Which led to the Watergate scandal. Which led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. Which led to today's debate about whether the current scandals -- some of which are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The sexual abuse scandals within religious communities by now have been going on for so long that almost all American adults have heard about them. It has taken far too long for knowledge of these terrible wrongs to become as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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PEKIN, Ill. -- I'm here today for the funeral of one of my five first cousins. In fact, it's my oldest first cousin, Ron (pictured here), who has been suffering from Alzheimer's in recent years. He died the other day... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Earlier this week the U.S. Supreme Court turned away a case in which the plaintiff wanted the government to get rid of "In God We Trust" on American currency. The case was brought by a man well known for fighting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A few days ago here on the blog, I wrote about a University of North Carolina teacher who says that belief in UFOs and extraterrestrials is becoming a kind of religion in the U.S. Today we're going to expand the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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From my early childhood on I have been a little out of sorts with this phrase from what we Christians call "The Lord's Prayer" or the "Our Father": "lead us not into temptation." That wording seems to assume that God... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Last week, in a story that didn't get quite the play it deserved, Pope Francis, in remarks to reporters covering his trip to Romania, left the impression that it would be all right with him if all Christians were welcome... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The question of what constitutes a religion seems to be coming up more and more these days in different venues. It's a good question and worth trying to answer. One of the places I just found this question raised is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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FULTON, Mo. -- I was driving to this mid-Missouri town this past Saturday for a funeral, and was doing a little flipping around on the car radio as I was stalled in a traffic jam near Concordia due to a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have often noted here and in other venues that every religion is in some ways internally split. In Christianity, for instance, the three major divisions are the Catholics, the Protestants and the Orthodox. Of those three, the Protestants are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Trauma can happen to an individual, of course, but also to an entire people. In the latter case, there's a growing body of evidence that extreme trauma doesn't die out when the generation that experienced that trauma dies. Rather, it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As you may know, the state motto of New Hampshire is "Live Free or Die." It's a rather strange phrase, but as you might imagine, it has a long history that, if you care, you can read about here. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Often when I am speaking with people who reject religious affiliation, the reasons they express have something to do with their anger over charlatan religious leaders who are in it for the money and who exploit vulnerable people. Well, no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On Friday here on the blog, when I wrote about the history of Christian fundamentalism in the U.S., I was wishing that the people who created that doctrinally rigid approach to a religion full of mystery and paradox would have... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes religious ritual gets a bad reputation. It gets criticized as hollow, empty, rote. And, in fact, sometimes it is exactly that. But ritual has stuck around this long because in sometimes-mysterious ways it speaks to us. We need it.... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Earlier this week, here on the blog, I wrote about a continuing membership decline in churches associated with the Southern Baptist Convention. A few decades ago, the SBC had an internal battle in which people who identified as fundamentalists took... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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By the end of today I will have attended three funerals in three days. Sigh. The first on Monday was for a woman in her 60s. The next on Tuesday for a man in his 30s. And the final one... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It is no news that Christian denominations in the U.S. have been losing membership for decades. For instance, in 1965 membership in the denomination to which my congregation belongs, the Presbyterian Church (USA), peaked at 4.2 million. The most recently... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On Memorial Day today, I will attend a funeral service at a Catholic Church for a friend. Michele was not a military veteran, but she contributed as much to the common good of her country and society as she possibly... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog