The Common Good

God's Politics

Writing Words to Change a Life

I love words. They nourish me more than food. As a child (and even now, as an adult) I read novel after novel, losing myself in the characters, the plot, and the effortless descriptions of good writers. If I could swallow the New York Times, I would. (There are also many other fantastic newspaper publications out there; I'm not partial.) The discovery of Google reader has been my biggest internet distraction to date. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but I'd rather the thousand words.

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How Should Christians Respond to Uprisings in the Arab World?

After decades of repression by autocratic dictators, the restless masses in the Middle East and North Africa are going to the streets -- most of them nonviolently -- and asking their leaders to step down.
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The Hypocrisy of War

The U.S. just started another war. We're good at starting wars. We're not good at ending them, but we start them really well. They say this is for "humanitarian" reasons. Aren't they all?
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How To Start a Revolution: A New Film About Gene Sharp

With all the recent and well-deserved attention on the work of Gene Sharp, it shouldn't come as any surprise that a film about the foremost living strategist of nonviolent action is soon to be released.
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Friday Links Round Up: Teacher Layoffs. Budget. Lent.

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week:
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Pro-Democracy Forces in Bahrain Face Unique Challenges

After a month of largely peaceful pro-democracy protests in Bahrain, the situation has taken a dramatic turn for the worse this week.
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Love Wins: My Interview with Rob Bell

Monday morning, 8 a.m PST. My phone rings. It's Rob Bell calling from New York City where he's headed for Central Park to take a stroll with his wife between media appointments. "How's my favorite heretic?" I ask.
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Remember Death -- It Can Help You Live

Watching the unfolding tragedy in Japan of course has me reflecting on the past fourteen months in Haiti since the earthquake there.
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Revisiting Rwanda: Finding the Truth After Genocide

In the documentary Earth Made of Glass, director Deborah Scranton weaves together the stories of Rwandan President
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