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Could a Decline in Numbers Bring New Hope to Southern Baptists?

Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart for them.
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Toothbrushes, Towels, and Tackling Root Causes in Gaza

We met 10-year-old Noor Al-Abid in November during our first visit to Gaza.
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From Your Gas Tank to World Hunger: The Dangers of Speculative Futures

Wall Street may seem far away, but it's actually as near as your gas tank -- and as widespread as global hunger.
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Worship, Liturgy, and an Introduction to Poet Scott Kinder-Pyle

Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian pastor in Spokane, Washington, and the featured poet in Sojourners' July issue.
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Michelle Obama and the Women of South Africa

Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divine meet.
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Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When a reclusive, visionary filmmaker like Terrence Malick treats the same subject matter, as he does in his new movie The Tree of Life, one is transported. Which is a useful reminder that the mysteries of creation are best grappled with through art. The book of Genesis, after all, begins not with scientific description or theological argument, but with a poem.

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A Gun, a Pause, and Innocence Lost in the West Bank

I send many of my students to the Middle East as interns. In fact, Wheaton College has an entire program devoted to student short-term placement.
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Graduates: Boast Gladly in Your Weaknesses

[Editors' note: This blog post is taken from a commencement address Nadia Bolz-Weber delivered for the graduates of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Californi
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Friday Links Round Up: Asians. Bumper Stickers. Levitation.

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week:
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Wanted: An Uncool Church of Distractions

Sitting in church the other night, I thought about Jackson Helms.
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