The Common Good

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Reflecting on Our Response to 9/11

Seven years ago this morning, airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania. The next day I joined with a few others to draft the following statement. In a few weeks, more than 4,000 of America's religious leaders of all faiths had signed it and it was printed as an ad in The New York Times.

Seven years later, as we remember that day, it is appropriate to reflect on this statement and to wonder how the [...]

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Why My Church is Hosting a Poverty Sunday

Vote Out PovertyTwo of the mantras that my evangelicalism has taught me over the years are these:

1. Be True to Scripture
2. Avoid Politics

The heart for God's Word is not all that surprising, given the "Sola [...]

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Torturing the Least of These

photo by Ryan Rodrick BeilerChristians are people who follow a tortured and murdered God. This fact speaks clearly to what our values should be. One of those values should be a rejection of torture, violence in the name of "law" and the common good, and murder.

Currently, the U.S. government has been accused of torture at Guantanamo Bay and has

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Moving the Abortion Debate Beyond Partisan Purists

In books and speeches, I have often said that God is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I have contended that to make either party "The God Party" is idolatry. This, however, does not mean that Christians should abandon political activism. It has been said that all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. Consequently, I have long called for Christians to be involved in both political parties, striving to be the "leaven" that [...]

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The New Monastics and Mosaic Leadership: Otra Voz

[Click here to see all posts in this conversation on New Monastics and race.]

I've been following the recent online conversation about racial reconciliation and the New Monastics rather closely. Why? Because it is a conversation whose time has come. I honestly believe that [...]

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Dealing With Rejection

The other day Marty invited some neighborhood kids over to help with a mailing she brought home from work. Before they got started, she sent 12-year-old Heather across the street to fetch 13-year-old Jasmine, who has been part of our fellowship from the very beginning. Heather returned a few minutes later, alone and puzzled.

"They were in there, but they wouldn't open the door" she told Marty. "Jasmine's mother said you need to call her."

You [...]

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Reaching Out Across Differences

I have paid keen interest to this current presidential race. Being from another country, the whole process is quite fascinating and emotive, as gifted rhetoric and track records are flaunted for the public eye and reflection.

However, as much as the presidential race and electoral process in North America is capturing and intense, a person who is listening closely to the issues and policies presented will find him or herself quite confused by the arguments that are presented by [...]

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In Defense of Community Organizing

Sarah Palin appeared poised and confident in her speech on Wednesday evening.
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Amy Sullivan: 'Are Evangelicals Really Sold on Palin?'

I saw a column this weekend in Time magazine by Amy Sullivan in which she asks, "Are Evangelicals Really Sold on Palin?" It's well worth reading.

Lost in the stampede of social conservatives to embrace Palin this past week is the fact that she is

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My Summer with Daddy King (Interview: Part 3)

[continued from part 1 and part 2]

Back in 1961, Gurdon Brewster was a seminary student at Union Theological Seminary, training to be an Episcopal priest. When this Northern [...]

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