Among democratic nations, the United States has the highest death penalty rate in the world. As the only G8 country to regularly use capital punishment, the United States joins China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, North Korea, and Yemen as the world's leaders in executions.
Across the political and religious spectrum, Americans are rethinking the death penalty. Here are some reasons why:
A small congregation in Kentucky demonstrates how your church may have more money—and power—than you think.
Theological considerations should frame the Christian response to capital punishment.
Your congregation—large or small—has more to invest than you might expect.
The new Louisville Loan Club is a way to protect people from the shark pool of payday lenders.
Big Money's corrupting influence on the elections is way out of hand. Here's how to fix it.
We should honor slain diplomats by keeping the flame of diplomacy alive.
The U.S. should repent of seeing guns as sacred; sane laws would be a start.
Before the election, several bishops went so far as to threaten their parishioners with eternal damnation if they voted for Obama.
Attitudes toward capital punishment are changing, including among conservatives.
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Three of the best films of the year: Samsara, Looper, and Seven Psychopaths.
Adapted from "Women as Compassionate Champions: The Doers and the Leaders," by Nyambura J. Njorage, in Women, HIV, and the Church: In Search of Refuge.
Betsy Shirley talks to author Francisco X. Stork about helping young adults ask the hard questions.
Cathleen Falsani's interview with Eugene Peterson ("The Pastor's Message," November 2012) contained excellent thoughts.
Most agree that public education can and should be improved ("Beyond 'Superman,'" by Nicole Baker Fulgham, September-October 2012).
Kelvin Hazangwi, executive director, Padare/Enkundleni Men's Forum on Gender in Harare, Zimbabwe
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