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How Obama's Faith Council Worked: Six Points of Consensus

As some of you may know, I served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships for year one of his administration. Our one-year term is almost up, and yesterday we issued our final report to key members of the administration.
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Border Fence Limbo

My friend Dan and I walked along Avenida Internacional, the four-lane highway that runs along the border between Tijuana and San Diego, on our way to get a view of the DHS border fence construction from the Tijuana side.
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Two Words for Glenn Beck, Five Thoughts for the Church

By now, most of you have heard the brouhaha regarding what Glenn Beck said on his radio and TV show recently:
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World Vision Staff Killed in Pakistan: The Cost of Courageous Compassion

When was the last time you felt gripped by crushing fear? Like the kind that might take over as you listen to friends and co-workers being killed?
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Tell Glenn Beck: I'm a Social Justice Christian

Glenn Beck says Christians should leave churches that use the word "social justice." He says social justice is a code word for communism and Nazism.
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A Torture Apologist's Flawed Theology

The Washington Post has a new op-ed page writer drawing scrutiny for his hearty endorsement of "enhanced interrogation," which translated from Orwellian into English means torture.
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Video: A Father's Sacrifice

"John came from Acapulco, Mexico, three years ago. He was 15. He enrolled in high school and excelled. He learned English quickly and made his father proud.
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The Jewish Roots of Christianity

I was intrigued recently over a story I saw on the news
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By Fearing Churches that Speak out for Social Justice, Glenn Beck Fears the Gospel

In a recent show, Glenn Beck told his listeners to watch out for churches that use the term "social justice," or "economic justice." He thinks that those terms are code words that will lead to the
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A Hold-Out and a Hunger Strike on Aid for Uganda

My alarm went off at 5 a.m. today. As I sat up and unzipped my sleeping bag, a gust of Oklahoma wind bitterly ushered me into a new day. Drops of rain splashed my face, extinguishing the last few embers of my sleepiness.
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