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In Defense of Congregational Singing

Church music was my first language. I was raised in a church tradition that did not allow musical instruments in worship.
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Could Church Become a Playground for All?

Malcolm Gladwell, in his popular book The Tipping Point, names three types of people who do the work of making social movements succeed: Connectors, who bring us together, Mavens, who conn
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An Activism that Loves its Enemies

Sad news from Sydney as a headline for the ABC read, "Abusive letter suspect 'a peace activist'".
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Which Message Are You Listening to?

Have you seen the two videos below produced by Dove?
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To Love God is to Love Our Immigrant Neighbors

"We believe the scriptures are God's revelation to humankind (complete, inspired, inerrant, and infallible); the supreme and final authority in testing all claims about what is true and what is right; and therefore, possessing of authority for the total well-being of human
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Calling All Drug Dealers

Does this sound familiar? A poor, minority community experiences high levels of violence and drug dealing. A predominantly white police force sweeps in and arrests many offenders.
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Christmas in the Trenches

We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own Charlie Brown Christmas special, if you will. With the ongoing conflicts raging during each passing year, it remains tragically relevant, particularly this year as we think about Afghanistan.
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Praying the Hand

I do not remember where I learned the idea that the hand represents a pattern of prayer. I do not recall my mother or other teachers teaching it to me.
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A Bottom-Up Perspective on Obama's Nobel Speech

I didn't get a chance to watch Barack Obama's Nobel speech live, but I've read the transcript and found very little in the speech that couldn't have been given by any number of past presidents-incl
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