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Five Frustrations When You Debate Israel and the Palestinians

I've been fascinated watching an earlier blog hunker down into a strong debate about Israel and the Palestinians (February 22, "
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The God Who Sees

When I was in second grade handball was all the rage. We played it with big red rubber balls against backboards on the playground.
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This Palestinian Life: Stories of Nonviolent Resistance

Last weekend I was at a family reunion where I had been invited to show pictures from my sabbatical in the Middle East last spring.
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Hearing MLK's Full Message

This year, as we celebrate the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are too often tempted to celebrate what has been achieved rather than examine what God continues to call out of us. Hopefully we know that there is no such thing as "post-racial," even after the election of an African American president.
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A Nobel Prayer

I got the first call at 6:30 a.m.
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Eschatology or Bigotry?

A couple of weeks ago on Glenn Beck's talk radio show, a woman called in to suggest that because President Obama appears to be raising the tax rate to around the same as what it was under President
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Four Points Toward Peace in the Middle East

I've written a lot on Palestine and Gaza in recent years. Any of us who travel (or read) know that peace in the world can't be separated from peace in Israel -- peace for Jews, and peace for Muslim and Christian Palestinians.
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'Women Should Remain Silent'?

Many of us were raised in churches that taught that women should be silent in the church because of the teachings of Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:34.
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