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Humanizing the Prison System

"I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone.
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Inception: The Art of Paying Attention in Books and Film

I've been reading Paul Harding's debut novel, Tinkers, which was this year's surprise Pulitzer Prize winner. It's a modest tome -- slim of build, light in the hand.
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Changing the Script on Political Theology

When I picked up a copy of Daniel Schultz's book
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Tupac Shakur: Liberation Theologian for Our Times

Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once every generation.
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11 Women Writers You Should Be Reading

Here are some of my favorite women writers of spirituality and theology in no particular order with short comments on why I recommend them.
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On Arizona, Artists Speak Up, Refuse to Play

As a musician, I'm always interested in seeing how my fellow creative types respond to injustice or need.
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The Moral of "Toy Story 3"

It's been awhile since Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the gang have been on the big screen, but they've lost none of their charm in the interim.
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Seeing Our Place in the Matrix

I won't forget the day the 15-year-old Korean exchange student I tutored informed me she needed surgery to "correct" her eyes. I stopped my grammar lesson and had her teach me about racism.
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Is Google Making Us Ignore God?

God calls on us to meditate on God and God's word. However, does the fast intake of information from TV, film, and especially the Internet make us less likely to experience God?
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