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Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul

I'm not much of a sports person, but I have to admit that April 5 was a remarkable day for sports -- especially sports and religion.
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The Second-Best Book on Sabbath

If you read only one book about the Sabbath, it should be Abraham Joshua Heschel's 1951 classic
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5 Books to Spark Your Soul

Alas, simply reading a book won't make you a better person.
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Hurt Locker Can't Contain the Reality of War

I am not a movie buff by any standard, but somehow I suspect I am not the only one who was more than a little surprised at the reception of the latest war movie at Sunday's Oscars.
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The Balancing Act of a Successful Woman

Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about a recent date night movie, Up in the Air, starring Vera Farmiga and George Clooney.
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So I'm a Heretic

So I finally got around to reading Dan Brown's latest book,
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Audio: Social Justice on Australian Christian Radio

Question: How would America's largest mainstream Christian radio stations respond to issues of social justice for the poorest of poor, climate change, and nonviolence?
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Christian Heroes in Black History

As far as African American history books go, Heroes in Black History
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So Dang Jesus-y: Sara Miles' Jesus Freak

In Mark Oestreicher's review of Sara Miles' latest book
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