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Duane Shank: Politicizing Ford's Passing?

Judging from your comments, my piece on the passing of former president Gerald Ford seems to have rubbed some people on both sides the wrong [...]

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Brian McLaren's Books of the Year

Brian McLaren

In 2006 I read so many excellent books, old and new. Here are about 20 of my favorites ... in no order of importance:

Fiction:

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Jim Wallis: Christmas in the Trenches

We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own Charlie Brown Christmas special, if you will. With the ongoing conflicts raging during each passing year, it remains tragically relevant.

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Brian McLaren's Books of the Year

Brian McLaren

In 2006 I read so many excellent books, old and new. Here are about 20 of my favorites ... in no order of importance:

Fiction:

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Amy Sullivan's Books of the Year

I do enough heavy reading professionally - when I read for pleasure, I'm looking for a good novel, or very entertaining non-fiction. These five are guaranteed beach, holiday, or plane reading:

My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood, [...]

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Amy Sullivan's Books of the Year

I do enough heavy reading professionally - when I read for pleasure, I'm looking for a good novel, or very entertaining non-fiction. These five are guaranteed beach, holiday, or plane reading:

My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood, [...]

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Deanna Murshed: O Strangled Town of Bethlehem


"It is unconscionable that Bethlehem should be allowed to die slowly from strangulation."
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

When we hear about Bethlehem this Christmas season, what do we imagine? A town far away and frozen in time? Or security [...]

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Karen McKim: 'Twas the War Before Christmas

Fed up with the so-called "War on Christmas" craziness? One of our readers decided to fight back - with poetry:

'Twas the month before Christmas; with anticipation,
I'd prayed to be peaceful, I'd felt adoration.

The Good News was soon to be shouted out loud.
The Wonder, the Joy, would dispel every cloud.

The [...]

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