The Common Good

God's Politics Blog

Immigration Policy: Where's the Love?

The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
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Obama, Africa, and Truth-Telling

Now that the Cold War that was anything but cold in Africa is over; now that the CIA, as far as we know, no longer pays for the overthrow and murder of democratically elected leaders as it did with
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Health Care in the UK: An Astonishing Example of Communitarian Justice

Sometime in the spring of 1974, my world was somewhat disturbed by the event of my conception, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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Obama in Ghana: The Capacity of Hope

The visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Ghana this past weekend was described as his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa.
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Women Excluded from Ministry: 'I Just Didn't Think About You'

"When the previous youth minister was here, he always filled in when the pastor was out," Bethany, a youth minister at a church in the southeastern U.S. told me.
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Women Leaders in the Early Church

As you may know, the question of whether women can serve as deacons has been recently debated among many evangelicals. Since scripture makes clear that Phoebe served as a deacon in the church in Cenchrea, there is an abundance of historical and archeological evidence that women deacons were upheld by the apostles. Both Clement of Alexandria and John Chrysostom recognize Phoebe was a deacon.
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The Death Penalty Denies the Gospel

He was taken before the authorities and subjected to abuse and beatings. No one arose to defend his case with the integrity it deserved.
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A Martyr in Mauritania: Missionaries, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights

Mauritania is a land of striking beauty, with sand dunes lined against the sky, Bedouins riding camels in the countryside, and flying beetles that look like they come straight from the abyss of the Apocalypse. Mauritania is also a land of extremes-extreme beauty, extreme hospitality, and lately, extreme religion.
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Michael Jackson's Legacy of Social and Environmental Concern

Though it has been two weeks since Michael Jackson's death, the world continues to mourn and to monitor news sources for the latest developments.
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Voices of the Poor Lost in Honduras' Power Struggle

Two weeks ago Sunday I awoke to my cell phone ringing at 6:45 a.m. In my sleepy delirium I answered it to hear the agitated voice of Isidra, a friend and "hermana" from our church in Flor del Campo, a marginalized neighborhood near the airport of Tegucigalpa.
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