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How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ

In the August 2009 issue of Harper's Magazine, Brooklyn-based writer Rachel Aviv penned an article titled "Like I was Jesus: How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ." I was intrigued enoug
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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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Making Peace with Sam Harris

Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama's choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community.
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Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God." - Jesus in the gospel of St. Matthew "From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world." - St. Arnold of Metz, patron saint of brewers
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Turning My Travels into Pilgrimages

Recently, I've begun to think how I can reconnect with God by turning all my travels (including my everyday errands) into pilgrimages. In this quest, I am greatly aided by the Rev. Kurt Neilson, author of Urban Iona.
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Walter Cronkite and True Journalism

Within the context of just peace theory, Walter Cronkite was and remains an important figure. Truth. Respect. Security. We know the truth through the hard work of scholars doing the difficult and necessary research into the past and present to help us understand the facts of any conflict. Politicians and policy makers ought to make decisions based on a careful interpretation of the facts.
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Michael Jackson's Legacy of Social and Environmental Concern

Though it has been two weeks since Michael Jackson's death, the world continues to mourn and to monitor news sources for the latest developments.
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