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06/06/2014
Our understanding of biblical justice has been diminished by how the Greek and Hebrew words that were originally used have been translated. In Hebrew, there were at least three words to articulate the concept of justice as we understand it today — each with its own nuances and subtleties.
03/18/2014
The first time I heard the phrase “Nones” was from my friend Jim Wallis, who wrote about the release of a Pew Forum study documenting the growing number of people who responded “none of the above” when asked about their religious affiliation. As I wrote in a response back then, “Calling people ‘Nones’ is a mistake.” I’m even more convinced of this now — and I think it’s especially a mistake for Christians to adopt this moniker. Here’s why:
04/29/2011
The “hunger fast” inspired by Tony Hall, David Beckman, and others, in a passionate call for a “moral budget,” came to an end on Easter Sunday, highlighting its initial tie to the spirit and tradition of self-denial of Lent.
04/26/2011
On Monday, March 28, we began a public fast, hoping and praying that lawmakers might change the way they think about the budget. Over just a few weeks over 36,000 people (both religious and secular) joined what began as a water-only fast by just a few leaders.
04/18/2011
“Then Jesus looked up at his disciples and said:‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.’” (Luke 6:20) According to Ayn Rand, the novelist and atheist philosopher so beloved of influential American conservatives today, that’s where Jesus got off track.
03/01/2011
As an economist, I believe we should make decisions based on facts and data. As a minister, I believe that our national budget is a moral document that reveals, starkly and undeniably, our nation's priorities.
03/01/2011
As an economist, I believe we should make decisions based on facts and data. As a minister, I believe that our national budget is a moral document that reveals, starkly and undeniably, our nation's priorities.
10/21/2010
You have to wonder. When political ads focus on a college prank pulled by your opponent what else could that money have gone to? When candidates make the case to voters based on the title of an article written by their opponent after a semester abroad in college aren't there more pressing issues they could be talking about?
09/21/2010
"We want them to vote their Christian values." My question for Cureton, and other culture warriors on the right and left who seek to divide and conquer the electoral kingdom: Whose Christian values? James Dobson's or Jim Wallis's? Jon Voigt's or Martin Sheen's? George W. Bush's or Barack Obama's?
09/13/2010
When was the last time Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, or Franklin Graham and Jim Wallis agreed on anything? And yet these and other political and religious leaders of all parties and theologial persuasions condemned the "anti-Islam frenzy" and especially the ironically-named Dove World Outreach Center's threat to burn copies of the Holy Qur'an.