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Tea Party Militias?: Telling Mainstream Conservatives from Right Wing Extremists

The Southern Poverty Law Center has issued a frightening report on the explosive growth of extremist organizations on the radical right. It is hard to know how to account for this phenomenon.
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Nouwen on Lent: Strength in Dark Places

I was reading through Lent and
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The Question of Climate Change is Secondary to the Need for Creation Care

It is still very much winter in Chicago. Sure, the calendar says March, but the piles of snow on the ground look more like mid-January. Everything is brown and crusty.
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Peace is Patriotic: Anabaptists and the National Anthem

The recent decision by Goshen (IN) College to begin playing an instrumental version of the U.S.
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We Sentence Innocent People to their Deaths

It is Death Penalty Awareness Week, and supporters of human rights across the country have turned their attention to a uniquely complicated injustice -- the implementation of capital punishment in the United States.
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Constantly Seeking Transfiguration

As an adolescent, I had a lot in common with my youngest brother in terms of my approach to my faith.
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Excitement and Depression in the Potential for Change in Health Care

I have been reluctant to write about health care recently.
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The Purpose of Lent's Season of Darkness

This morning as I was sitting reading my Bible, I caught a glimpse of the Olympic mountains out my window. They were covered in the early morning light which reflected off their snow-covered peaks. It only lasted for a few minutes, but I drank in the breathtaking beauty of those minutes in silent prayer to God.
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