The Common Good

God's Politics Blog

The Struggle Continues in South Africa

I have been home in South Africa for two months as of August 6. I am grateful that my family and I are home in the land of our beginnings.
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A Meditation on Christian Extremism: Blackwater and the Bonhoeffer 4

"You need to realize that war is money. And money makes the world go round.
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'Jose Illegal' is a Lie

It's an e-mail to make your blood boil.
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Truth-telling and Responsibility in Health Care

I have said that one important moral principle for the health-care debate is truth-telling.
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The Vanishing Scenery of Glacier National Park

If anyone still doesn't believe in global warming, come to Glacier National Park. My wife Karin and I just spent two days of our vacation here.
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Prayer Vigil at the Detention Center

I am a seminary professor. Activism is not something that comes naturally to me, but I am learning!
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Risking Ourselves for Peace

I'm a big fan of iTunesU, and I usually try to listen to informative podcasts on long drives, since I can't read and drive simultaneously.
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The Hurt Locker and the Cause of War

Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like.
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Israel Kicks Refugees Out of Their Tents

In most cases in Occupied Palestine at this point, Palestinian refugees live in UN-administered camps that are essentially urban slums--overcrowded apartment blocks with high rates of poverty. But there are still some refugees that live in tents.
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