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Hope for Troubled Immigration Reform

Reading through today's New York Times, I came across an extraordinary opinion piece on immigration reform, titled "
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MLK and the Mountain Moving Business

This post was Jim Wallis' contribution when invited to write a guest post on the blog for USA Service, a campaign to encourage national service in obser
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The Futility of Violence: Eastwood's Gran Torino

The other day I heard a 78-year-old man sing, through a cracked voice, one of the most moving and gentle jazz melodies, as the iconic image of a fetishized sports car being driven into the sunset was projected. And, not for the first time in recent years, I was crying at the end of a Clint Eastwood film.
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Gaza: 'Enough of Blood and Tears. Enough!'

Why do we value blood and tears so cheap? Is it because we all own them? When we grieve the various losses that life brings to us, the tears seem to flow from some inexhaustible source.
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A Poem in Honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Sunday, January 11 was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. I wrote this poem, And to the Little Ones, in honor of the day.
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Creating a New American Ethos

We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history.
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Women Missionaries Who Can't Preach at Home

Do you have family or friends on the mission field who are women? How many of them preach, teach, and exercise their gifts of leadership beside men on the mission field?
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Taking Aid to Gaza and Israel

As I write this, I am en-route to Egypt on a commercial aircraft with 1/4 ton of priceless kits containing basic medical equipment but no drugs or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.
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Gaza: Where are the Peacemakers?

It has been over a week now. Over 600 Palestinians and ten Israelis have been killed (seven of them soldiers), and 3,085 Palestinians have been injured.
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Nonviolence Begets Nonviolence

The dynamics of "violence begets violence" are simple and probably understood by everyone who has ever been in a fight.
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