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Drama and Confusion in South Africa and Zimbabwe

This past week has been characterized by drama and confusion in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In South Africa the drama started on Sunday, Feb.
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The Little Voice of Self-Doubt Inside My Head

Right now my head is a bit stuffed up thanks to a cold, but the little voice inside my head usually takes no prisoners.
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Human Rights in China: Google and Gao Zhisheng

Google's vow to pull out of China last month was partly based on the discovery that human rights activists' Gmail accounts had been hacked into, purportedly by Chinese intelligence. As a human rights advocate, this is worrying news for all who seek to fight for justice around the world.
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Haiti: Faith-Based Business Partnerships Seek a Sustainable Recovery

Three days after a 7.0 earthquake rocked their city, hundreds of Haitians returned to work at SPIA, one of the largest pasta production companies in the country.
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Obama's Attempt at a Bipartisan Health-Care Summit

President Obama has scheduled a bipartisan meeting on health-care reform that will be nationally televised live on Feb. 25.
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Not Your Typical Valentine's Day-Type Love

This week my friend Sara reminded me that the really amazing thing about 1 Corinthians 13 is that even hundreds of thousands of schlocky wedding and inspirational posters and bad Christian coffee mugs can't kill it. Paul's hymn to love is perhaps one of the most recognizable texts in the New Testament. And it is really beautiful
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The Bleeding Woman

I love my church. And I love that it isn't afraid to explore the difficult issues -- and figure out how to do so in loving ways.
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The Real Solution to Childhood Obesity

With more than a third of our children now overweight and many already diabetic, Americans of all political colors should commend the First Lady for her recently-announced campaign against childhoo
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