The Common Good

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Celebrating Mandela's Birthday and Serving Zimbabwe's Children

On July 18th many people from different parts of the world celebrated Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday!
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Turning My Travels into Pilgrimages

Recently, I've begun to think how I can reconnect with God by turning all my travels (including my everyday errands) into pilgrimages. In this quest, I am greatly aided by the Rev. Kurt Neilson, author of Urban Iona.
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I Don't Care What Our Health-Care System is Called, as Long as it Delivers

I recently sent an e-mail about health care to my congressman, Peter Roskam (R-IL, 6th District), through his Web site.
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Why We Still Need the NAACP

Last week marked the centennial celebration of the nation's oldest and most respected civil rights organization, the National
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Honoring Deacon Phoebe

In last week's post, I argued that because the apostle Paul commended the work of Phoebe-a deacon (Romans 16:1-2)-the tradition of female deacons continued throughout the early centuries, as noted both by the archaeological evidence and also in Christian literature preserved from this period.
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Walter Cronkite and True Journalism

Within the context of just peace theory, Walter Cronkite was and remains an important figure. Truth. Respect. Security. We know the truth through the hard work of scholars doing the difficult and necessary research into the past and present to help us understand the facts of any conflict. Politicians and policy makers ought to make decisions based on a careful interpretation of the facts.
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An Ever-new Narrative of Good News

My friend Bob Carlton sent me this link to a Guardian piece by Madeleine Bunting, "
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Sotomayor and the Fundamentals of Diversity and Affirmative Action

The confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor this week again brings up the fundamental issues of diversity and affirmative action.
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Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes

In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Kids Need All the Positive Words They Can Get

Recently a bunch of people e-mailed me the same New York Times column, which cited a variety of scientific research s
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