The Common Good

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Can Mindfulness Be Tweeted?

I attended a basketball game this winter at the University of Maryland, accompanied by an intern at my workplace, a man in his twenties. For much of the game, we chatted about everything from politics to how North Carolina is far superior to Duke in all the ways that really matter (on the court, of course). During the conversation, between glances at the game, my colleague maintained steady eye contact … with his smart phone.

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Why Do Christians Think It's Blasphemous to Doubt?

Not too long ago, a family member told me in hushed sad tones that he was praying for me. I wasn't ill. I wasn't going through a tough time. No.
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Yemen: The Difference Between a Peaceful Revolution and Violent Clashes

Atiaf Alwazir, who runs the blog Woman from Yemen, has a new post explaining the relationship between what she calls the "peaceful
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Should We Seek Our Dreams or God's Will?

When young people graduate, they're often told to follow their dreams. Change the world. After all, the sky's the limit.
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The Most Interesting Woman in the World

Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring actor Jonathan Goldsmith as "the most interesting man in the world"?
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His Name is Potlako

His name is Potlako. Potlako means "earlier than expected," I suppose he was named Potlako because he was either a premature baby or he followed soon -- too soon -- after his elder brother.
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What Men and Women Lose Under Complementarianism

Any discussion of shared authority and responsibility between men and women must start with the importance Jesus placed on unity among his followers.
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Congressman Weiner and the Rules of Decent Behavior

Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote the following in response to news about Arnold
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Could the U.S. Be Moving to a State of Perpetual War?

One might think that three wars -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya -- would be enough. Apparently, for the United States military apparatus, it's not.
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Why Did Two Wild Goose Contributors Spend the Night in Jail?

North Carolina, host state for the inaugural Wild Goose Festival, has many things going for it.
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