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Obama's Call for Civility Amid Prayer Breakfast Controversy

President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, with a plea for civility in
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Consuming Our Way to Compassion

"Help us raise $10 million for Haiti!!!" My friend Laura forwarded me this e-mail along with a note: "the subject line enticed me. Then I realized that it was a credit card offer."
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The Soul of Davos: Oxymoron?

In past years, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, focused primarily on business and politics as usual. Any talk of the World Economic Forum's soul would have fizzled quickly.
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Greening the Winter Games

This time of year I find myself humming the Olympic anthem throughout the day. The Vancouver games run Feb. 12-28; it is time to start dreaming of mogul runs and bobsled victories. For some reason I hum the familiar tune associated with the games on my way to and from errands. As if hauling my three children around were an Olympic event in and of itself.
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Video: David Bazan's Reasonable Doubt

Since 1994, musician David Bazan (former front man of Pedro the Lion and Headphones) has put sharp questions about faith, justice, and his Pentecostal-evangelical upbringing front and center in his songs...

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An Ordination by Archbishop Tutu and Valentine's Day Justice

On Saturday, Jan. 30, I attended a service in which one of my colleagues was being ordained as a deacon in the Anglican Church together with ten others who were being ordained either as priests or deacons. The presiding bishop was Archbishop Desmond Tutu! He delivered the sermon.
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'I don't live for the Jesus who eats red meat, drinks beer, and beats on other men.'

Several weeks ago, I had an extensive phone interview with a reporter from The New York Times about the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the wide and nebulous net of "evangelical churches." The reporter had come across one of my previous blog entries
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