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Presidents' Plans and Precedents for Peace in the Middle East

Several sources have recommended this commentary by M.J. Rosenberg at Media Matters as a helpful analysis of the new "Obama Peace Plan" for the Middle East.
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Speak Evil of No One -- Really?

I love the New Testament. I think it's fair to say that I live, eat, breathe, and drink the New Testament.
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Tea Party Protests and Taxation Without Representation

Well, it looks like some folks are coming to the District of Columbia this April 15 to protest under the "tea party" banner.
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The Advent of a New Global Faith Family

The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and peace on its way to Lake Michigan 30 miles west.
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Coffee and Compost

I was reminded of a little gardening tip last week that has my dear husband Joel rolling his eyes. Joel is a good sport.
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Coal Mines, Potato Salad, and Damn Good People

The unfolding coal mine disaster in West Virginia has me constantly checking the news for updates on the plight of our fellow Americans who are victims of this latest tragedy.
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A Covenant for Civility

The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level.
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The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea.
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The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II

The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the already beleaguered church's image and credibility. Many in the media blame Pope Benedict XVI for the mismanagement of the sexual abuse crisis.
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Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul

I'm not much of a sports person, but I have to admit that April 5 was a remarkable day for sports -- especially sports and religion.
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