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A Christian Argument for Progressive Taxation

Wednesday morning, at 9 a.m. sharp, I took my tax payment to the local post office. When I handed it to the clerk, she said, "I hate tax day." I replied, "Not me.
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A Christian Mistake

In ominous red and black, last week's Newsweek cover carried the headline, "The Decline and Fall of Christian America." The magazine's cover sto
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Four Points Toward Peace in the Middle East

I've written a lot on Palestine and Gaza in recent years. Any of us who travel (or read) know that peace in the world can't be separated from peace in Israel -- peace for Jews, and peace for Muslim and Christian Palestinians.
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Video: The Easter Bunny Asks You to Rethink Afghanistan

Did you have a good Easter weekend? If you were in Washington D.C. for the holiday, you may have noticed a different kind of Easter Bunny hanging around the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro.
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The Power to Dominate and the Power to Love

As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate on Jesus' teachings, as well as to emulate his deeds.
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American Violet: Drug War Injustice Hits the Big Screen

American Violet, a Hollywood blockbuster that opens in theaters next week, tells the story of Regina Kelly, one of the people rounded up in a T
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A Good Story: 'I'm Going to Kill You'

I often tell people not to ask me for statistics because in this work all the statistics are bad. Ask me for stories instead, I say, because even in the worst of times I always have a good story.
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Might Will Never Make Right In Afghanistan

I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of warriors and military servicemen.
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Taxes and Tithes, Contract and Covenant

We cannot avoid death and taxes. Our own death is an event that we only face once.
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Audio: The Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God, and Candy Bar Christianity

In this sermon, Pastor Efrem discusses the focus in April on Martin Luther King's death and the Easter Season, and proclaims that there is no separation between proclaiming the gospel and advancing
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