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Sider Declares End of 'Steroid Era' in Progressive Christianity

Speaking for the first time about the results of his months-long investigation into the progressive Christian movement, Dr. Ron Sider revealed that the use of performance-enhancing drugs among prominent American religious leaders had been more widespread than previously thought.
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After Jailhouse Conversion, Madoff to Join Ministry of Televangelist Kenneth Copeland

While awaiting sentencing for defrauding investors with a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, Bernard Madoff has undergone what friends and family are describing as a jailhouse conversion that has given him new hope despite the near certainty of life imprisonment.
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Report: Nobody Cares Anymore When Joe Biden Says Something Crazy

WASHINGTON-A new report issued this week from the Pew Research Center finds that no one really cares anymore when Vice President Joe Biden says something completely insane.
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Obama Presents Global Economic Recovery Plan to a Resistant G-20 While Holding Adorable Puppy

In the face of international resistance to the U.S. role in resolving the global economic crisis, President Barack Obama raised his arts of persuasive communication to new heights, delivering his latest comments to the G-20 while cradling the puppy he plans to give to his daughters Sasha and Malia.
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$296 Billion, 22 Months

$296 billion is a lot of money. Twenty-two months is a long time. But that's not the cost of the most recent bailout and 22 months isn't a prediction of how long our economic crisis will last.
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Gangs, Nations: Same Thing

In Sojourners' April issue, Tierra Neuva gang chaplain Chris Hoke
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Obama at Notre Dame: Continuing a Tradition of Dialogue

Barack Obama will be the ninth president awarded an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame and the sixth president to address its graduates during commencement services.
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5th Sunday of Lent: Saying Yes to Holy Week

Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33
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Pentecostalism's Forgotten Nonviolent Roots

As I write this post, I'm sitting in a hotel room in Eugene, Oregon waiting for the Society for Pentecostal Studies conference to start. It's nice to have a day to myself.
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They Killed Sister Dorothy: HBO's Book of Martyrs

From Joan of Arc to Sir Thomas More, courageous martyrs continue to inspire us. Their powerful witness is memorialized in homilies, books, and even movies.
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