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How Did John 3:16 Become About 'Weirdos and Violence'?

Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell?
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Why I am Beginning a Fast Today

Because I am an evangelical Christian and the root of the word "evangelical" is found in the opening statement of Jesus in Luke 4, where Christ says he has come to bring "good news (
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A Grassroots Call to Tackle Corporate Tax Dodging

Across the United States, there is a new movement emerging to dramatize the immorality of corporate tax dodging in the face of drastic budget cuts.
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Friday Links Round Up: Food Prices. Aurora Borealis. Fasting and Prayer.

Food Prices. Aurora Borealis. Fasting and Prayer. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:

  • Food and gas prices are rising again and anti-hunger activists are calling for financial reform.
  • Artist Theo Jansen has created skeletal creatures out of plastic pipes that are able to walk on wind and subsist on their own. Watch the footage. (It's incredible!)
  • Don't have time to watch the aurora borealis in Russia for a week? Yeah, me neither.
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Salt And Light in Salt, Jordan

I was overwhelmed with gratitude as I toured the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf with director Brother Andrew de la Carpentier.
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Single Pastors, The Church, and Community

Recently I found a story about a friend from seminary in New York Times.
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Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

On the morning of Saturday, March 25, 1911 more than 600 employees, mostly immigrant women, reported for work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City.
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Give to Uncle Sam What is Uncle Sam's: Tax Season War Resistance

Imagine what would happen if a massive popular movement of ordinary Americans decided to voice their concern about military spending -- by withholding $10.40 from their 1040 tax forms this year?
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Protecting the EPA's Authority to Help Overcome Global Warming

As I discuss more fully in my book, Global Warming and the Risen LORD, in the United States we are behind in our effo
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Lessons From Behind Bars

In 2010, Hope House DC received a grant from the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. to support participation in the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read project. Hope House placed about 100 copies of Earnest J. Gaines' classic A Lesson Before Dying in two prisons that have high concentrations of District of Columbia inmates.

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