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God's Politics

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression

I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bible College; and what I witnessed firsthand sent chills up my back. Listening to the horror stories told to me by oppressed Palestinians elicited feelings ranging from indignation to compassion.
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Civility: The Problem of Being Nice

In March, I signed The Civility Covenant issued by the folks at Sojourners.
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Iran's Nuclear Deal: A Success for Sanctions Diplomacy

The nuclear fuel swap deal signed between Iran and Turkey and Brazil is a positive development that deserves U.S. support.
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What is the Gospel?

Last week at her blog, Rachel Held Evans proposed the question "What is the Gospel?" She received some interesting responses, dem
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Don't Let the Banks Buy Congress

In a frank admission a year ago, Senator Dick Durbin put it bluntly: "Frankly, the banks run this place." Perhaps they deserve to. After all, they pay enough for the privilege.
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New Research on Why Nonviolence Works

I was in a "webinar" (live online presentation thingy) recently with Erica Chenoweth from Wesleyan University.
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The Myth of Out-of-Control Border Violence

My beloved city, Phoenix, is making a fantastic run at being the punch line in the larger immigration drama. I wish we were focused on a less volatile campaign, working toward getting the Olympics or something.
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Telling Stories True: An Interview with Sara Zarr

Kirkus Reviews calls Sara Zarr's third young adult novel,
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Screwtape and Self-Righteous Hell

I had the recent pleasure of seeing Max McLean's deliciously wicked portrayal of Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters currently playing at the Westside Theater in New York City. By employing some sound and lighting effects, this production gave a contemporary spin on C.S. Lewis' classic tale of a quest to slowly guide a man into hell.
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Pedagogy of the Oppressor: Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban

Arizona's lawmakers just keep finding ways to transform their xenophobia into law. First, they questioned whether Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a legitimate holiday.
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