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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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The Next Evangelicalism: Interview with Soong-Chan Rah, Part 1

You can't do church in the 21st century without a vision for cultural diversity, says author and theologian Soong-Chan Rah.
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A Necessary Film for Anyone Who Eats Food

"The industry doesn't want you to know the truth about what you are eating, because if you knew you might not want to eat it " - Food, Inc.
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Thank You, Michael

Only God can or ought to judge Michael Jackson's personal life. We do not have enough information to judge his behavior, but we do know that we have lost a true musical genius.
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Mourning a Michael Jackson Who Had Died Long Ago

Let the wall-to-wall Michael Jackson coverage continue.
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The Brilliance and Mystery of Michael Jackson

It's not like you need another Michael Jackson tribute or post, but oh well
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