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When is Nationalism Healthy?

I watched the film Invictus for the second time last weekend.
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Groupon's Controversial Social Critique

I admit, I only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. Yes, it's crass and consumerist, but seeing how marketers decide to spend millions of dollars in an attempt to manipulate me each year holds some sort of strange appeal (twisted as it may be).
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The Tiger Mother In Us

By now, you've surely heard about the infamous Wall Street Journal article enti
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Conversion Stories and Mary Karr's Lit

I used to live in a world where God was a given and unapologetic faith was the lens through which the world was seen and interpreted.
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Defending the 'Cult' of Environmentalism

Environmentalism is "deadly." It is "one of the greatest deceptions of our day," "striving to put America and the world under its destructive control" and "seducing your children." It is a dangerou
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The Christian Industrial Complex

I went into a Christian bookstore the other day and was surprised to see some of the most prominent display space given over to military flags for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. These flags, and a vast assortment of Americana merchandise, were on sale for the holidays.
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Different Faiths, Common Humanity

This past week I was afforded a sneak peek at the forthcoming PBS documentary The Calling, a two-night event abou
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A Green Christmas: 5 Realistic Ideas for Celebrating the Season

Well, here we go. Like it or not, tis the season. For me the holidays are a mixed blur of emotions, hopes, and unfulfilled, unrealistic dreams and desires.
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My Favorite Simple Cooking Recipe Books

As Valerie Weaver- Zercher writes in "Simple Living Becomes
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The 12 Days of (a Grassroots) Christmas

For those who are looking for something beyond the traditional 12 days of Christmas gift-giving shtick, here are some ideas I gleaned during my ongoing travels for
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