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A Hymn for Blessing the Animals: "O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth"

animal blessingThis weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are having services for the blessing of animals. The following new hymn can be used.

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A Memoir in Six Words: What Would Yours Say?

In teaching my students the concept of a thesis the other day -- trying to convey that a thesis not just a sentence but rather an overarching statement of what the whole paper will be about -- it occu
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"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon
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Separation (of Church and State) Anxiety

Part of a university education is learning how to navigate the complicated and often competing value systems of different social groups.
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CNN, Jesus and Justin Bieber

I must admit, I was skeptical. Justin Bieber and Jesus -- at least not together -- weren't exactly on my radar.
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Generation XYZ: This Is Not Your Grandfather's Morality

If older generations paint morality in black and white, young people's palettes are disappointingly grey.
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Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Get Your Click On!

It's Oktoberfest. A frosty papal pilsner, perhaps? [caption id="attachment_34148" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Photo by Cathleen Falsani"][/caption]
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Today's News Round-up

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" [caption id="attachment_34082" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Rachel Held Evans"][/caption]
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