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Video: Vulture Funds' Absurd Assaults on the Global Poor

Do secondary debt markets, hedge funds, and offshore banking make you want to dance? Probably not.
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Why Glenn Beck is a Danger to True Evangelical Theology

I watched the Glenn Beck show on Fox News yesterday. His topic was how churches that are using the term, "social justice" are misinterpreting scripture in order to spread Marxism.
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A Psalm for Mine Worker Justice

Yesterday, I read through psalm after psalm searching for the "right" one to read at the opening of the
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Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression

I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bible College; and what I witnessed firsthand sent chills up my back. Listening to the horror stories told to me by oppressed Palestinians elicited feelings ranging from indignation to compassion.
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Civility: The Problem of Being Nice

In March, I signed The Civility Covenant issued by the folks at Sojourners.
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Iran's Nuclear Deal: A Success for Sanctions Diplomacy

The nuclear fuel swap deal signed between Iran and Turkey and Brazil is a positive development that deserves U.S. support.
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What is the Gospel?

Last week at her blog, Rachel Held Evans proposed the question "What is the Gospel?" She received some interesting responses, dem
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Don't Let the Banks Buy Congress

In a frank admission a year ago, Senator Dick Durbin put it bluntly: "Frankly, the banks run this place." Perhaps they deserve to. After all, they pay enough for the privilege.
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New Research on Why Nonviolence Works

I was in a "webinar" (live online presentation thingy) recently with Erica Chenoweth from Wesleyan University.
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The Myth of Out-of-Control Border Violence

My beloved city, Phoenix, is making a fantastic run at being the punch line in the larger immigration drama. I wish we were focused on a less volatile campaign, working toward getting the Olympics or something.
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