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An Open Letter to Parents Who Owe Child Support

The legal definition of Child Support is "periodic monetary payments by the non-custodial parent for the care of his or her minor child." In our country, non-custodial parents are usually obligat
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This Is What the Emerging Church Looks Like?

[Read more of this blog conversation in response to the Sojourners magazine article "
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Enough Jawboning: A Bold but Hopeful Proposal for Middle East Peace

There is a biblical story in which Samson used the jawbone of an ass to defeat his enemies. Today some politicians seem to think "jawboning" -- talk and more talk, whether sweet or angry -- can actually win peace in the Middle East. But it will take much stronger action.
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Nonviolence: What About Hitler?

In any in-depth conversation about the effectiveness of nonviolence as a strategy, this question always comes up: Would these nonviolent strategies have worked against the Nazis?
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A Good START: Reducing the Idolatry of Nuclear Weapons

The decades-long struggle to first reduce and then abolish nuclear weapons achieved two major goals this week that we can celebrate.
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I Am Emergent and I Don't Fit the Stereotype

[Read more of this blog conversation in response to the Sojourners article "
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Presidents' Plans and Precedents for Peace in the Middle East

Several sources have recommended this commentary by M.J. Rosenberg at Media Matters as a helpful analysis of the new "Obama Peace Plan" for the Middle East.
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Speak Evil of No One -- Really?

I love the New Testament. I think it's fair to say that I live, eat, breathe, and drink the New Testament.
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Tea Party Protests and Taxation Without Representation

Well, it looks like some folks are coming to the District of Columbia this April 15 to protest under the "tea party" banner.
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The Advent of a New Global Faith Family

The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and peace on its way to Lake Michigan 30 miles west.
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