The Common Good

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From the Streets of Madison: A Crash-Course on Collective Action

Before last week, we'd rarely thought about unions or union rights, but living in Madison these days, it seems that we hardly make it through an hour without hearing the words "unions" and "collective bargaining." In the past week, we've tried to give ourselves a crash course on what e
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This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.

The current budget and deficit debate in America is now dominating the daily headlines. There is even talk of shutting down the government if the budget-cutters don't get their way.
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The Economics of Anxiety

One of the steadfast realities of following the lectionary is the predictable rhythm of its three-year cycle of readings. Preparing a sermon for Baptism of the Lord Sunday in 2011?
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Contend for the Gospel, But Please Don't Be a Jerk

In a pluralistic world of a plethora of thoughts, ideas, philosophies, and worldviews, it makes total sense to me that Christians need to be equipped and engaged in "contending" for the gospel.
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Will Gaddafi Fall?

For the tenth day in a row, protesters in Libya took to the streets today, despite the use of far more violence from the state than what happened during Egypt's recent uprising.
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How Do We Take Lent Beyond Chocolate and Caffeine?

Lent. It's an odd word, not exactly one that shows up in the vernacular of our everyday.
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Why I'm Trying to Resist Political Prejudice

I'll be honest, I've been pretty disgusted with the callousness of our national discourse, how so many politicians, including Democrats, seem all too eager to balance state and federal
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People of Faith United in Wisconsin

In the midst of the national uproar over the attempt by Wisconsin Gov.
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'Have You Tried Washing Their Feet?'

A few weeks ago, I got a free sermon on the metro.
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When Will 3.5 Million Palestinians Get Their Chance For Freedom?

I must confess I was dumbfounded. It was bad enough this winter when Israel refused to call a moratorium on settlements in the West Bank, even after the United States urged it to do so (and sent our latest $3 billion check).
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