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God's Politics

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea.
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The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II

The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the already beleaguered church's image and credibility. Many in the media blame Pope Benedict XVI for the mismanagement of the sexual abuse crisis.
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Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul

I'm not much of a sports person, but I have to admit that April 5 was a remarkable day for sports -- especially sports and religion.
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West Virginia Mine Disaster: Mourning in the Mountains

There was a lovely reflection in today's NYT by novelist Denise Giardina about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia.
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Glenn Beck's Faulty Logic

I do not usually watch Glenn Beck's program. So many books, so little time. However, on April 6, while working on another project, my intuitive mind told me to watch Glenn Beck. So, I did.
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Looking at Christ Through Cultural Lenses

Looking at me, pale-skinned and blonde-haired, you would not know that I come from a diverse background with an African-American great-grandmother and an American-Indian great-grandfather.
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Sojourners Cover Story on Race and the Emerging Church Already Making Waves

[Read more of this blog conversation in response to the Sojourners article "Is the 'Emerging Church' for Whites Only?"]
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Social Justice Christians at White House Easter Prayer Breakfast

Yesterday morning, President Obama hosted an Easter prayer breakfast for a group of church leaders at the White House.
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