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A Memoir in Six Words: What Would Yours Say?

In teaching my students the concept of a thesis the other day -- trying to convey that a thesis not just a sentence but rather an overarching statement of what the whole paper will be about -- it occu
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"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon
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Separation (of Church and State) Anxiety

Part of a university education is learning how to navigate the complicated and often competing value systems of different social groups.
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UPDATE: Christian Pastor Faces Execution in Iran

UPDATES: Earlier today (Friday, Sept. 30), the Iranian Embassy in the U.K. issued the following statement regarding Pastor Nadarkhani:
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CNN, Jesus and Justin Bieber

I must admit, I was skeptical. Justin Bieber and Jesus -- at least not together -- weren't exactly on my radar.
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A History Lesson for Herman Cain

Dear Herman, On September 28, you actually called African-Americans "brainwashed" for their support of the Democratic Party.
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WAR NO MORE

TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
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Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim

Today Religion News Service reporter Daniel Burke has an absolutely stellar, exclusive interview with Terri Roberts, the mother of Charles Carl "Charlie" Roberts IV, who, on Oct.
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Defining "Evangelicals" in an Election Year: What is an evangelical?

Here we go again. Presidential elections are coming and the role of "the evangelicals" is predictably becoming a hot political story.

Ironically, voices on both the right and the left want to describe most or all evangelicals as zealous members of the ultra-conservative political base.

Why? Perhaps because some conservative Republicans want to claim a religious legitimacy and constituency for their ideological agenda, and some liberal writers seem hell-bent on portraying religious people as intellectually-flawed right-wing crazies with dangerous plans for the country.

Let me try to be clear as someone who is part of a faith community that is, once again, being misrepresented, manipulated, and maligned. Most people believe me to be a progressive political voice in America. And I am an evangelical Christian.

I believe in one God, the centrality and Lordship of God's son Jesus Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, the authority of the scriptures, the saving death of the crucified Christ and his bodily resurrection -- not as a metaphor but a historical event. Yep, the whole nine yards.

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