The Common Good

God's Politics

Social Justice is a Virtue

Christianity promises, by grace and through faith, that believers will spend eternity with God in paradise.
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Empathy and Empire are Antithetical

A University of Michigan study suggests that the college students of today are 40 percent less empathetic than students twenty or thirty years ago.
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When Grace and Death Collide

Hans Peterson, a good friend of mine, died two months ago in a work-related accident.
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Health Care and a New Imagination

About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively poor congregation had an accident and racked up a huge medical bill in the hospital.
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The Hard Work of Racial Reconciliation

Several years ago, I visited a slave castle along the coast of Ghana, West Africa. This castle was one of the primary centers for shipping slaves from Africa to the New World.
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Mysticism for Mathematicians

I've always longed to see the world through a poet's eyes -- to see the magical in the everyday and to be able to weave words in such a way as to convey that magic to others.
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California Band Hires Latino Day Laborers

A San Francisco band called Monarchs hired three Latino day laborers to pose as the band members in a music video for their song "Mexicans." Both the video and the song pay tribute to the
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Forgiveness, Fear, and the Mosque at Ground Zero

I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently.
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