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What Does Rob Bell Really Say? (A Review of the Actual Book Itself)

Whether it was a brilliant marketing strategy or just a sad reflection of the charged atmosphere of Christian dialogue these days, one cannot deny that Rob Bell's latest book
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Finding the Way Out: Why It's Time to End the War in Afghanistan

The clock is ticking toward a July decision by President Obama to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, as he has promised.
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Flood of Refugees from Libya Pose New Opportunities for Welcoming the Stranger

As the world is watching Libya, I am keeping close watch and prayers over the sea.
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A Revelation on Community During Jury Duty

Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury duty.
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How Do We Pray For Japan?

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan has left many of us reeling, particularly as it came so soon after the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. We are overwhelmed by the devastation and the helplessness we all feel to respond. So how do we pray for those who are suffering and for those who have died? It is not easy and anything that we can say seems inadequate. Here is what came to my mind this afternoon as I was praying for the people of Japan and remembered again those in Christchurch, and Libya, Yemen, the Ivory Coast, and the many other places of unrest in our world

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Friday Links Round Up: Budget Cuts. King Philip IV. Japan.

Budget Cuts. King Phillip IV. Japan. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week:
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Lent: Giving Up Coffee, or My Life?

photo © 2006 Ahmed Rabea |
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Rep. Keith Ellison Testifies Against Hateful Bigotry

During my Lenten journey this year, I will be looking to my Muslim brother, Congressman Keith Ellison, to understand what it truly means to live a life grounded in love, respect, inclusivity, and justice. Yesterday, I watched Rep.
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Mr. President, Please Count the Costs in Libya

I'm glad I'm not the president right now.
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America's Greatest Deficit is Spiritual, Not Merely Financial

With all the angst about the economy, the deficit, and a looming government shut-down, I'm still concerned that we're treating symptoms rather than diagnosing the underlying disease.

I know something about this. I spent a week in the hospital last year having loads of tests done -- blood work, heart scans, stress tests, and sonograms. I was discharged without a diagnosis, merely with hopes that by treating the symptoms, whatever was wrong would go away. It didn't. It turned out my real problem was a tick-born disease, and once it was diagnosed, a ten-dollar prescription of antibiotics cured me. Without that ten-dollar prescription to treat the real problem, I could have experienced life-long disability.

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