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A Grassroots Victory for Immigration Activists

On Tuesday, February 23, a small battle was won in small-town Virginia. It was not won in a field with weapons but in a council room with words.
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Why Are There So Few Solo Women Church Planters?

Church planting is its own weird thing. It takes a certain personality to think you might, just might, be able to (with tons of help from God) start a church from scratch.
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'Jim Wallis Loves His Enemies' (With a Little Help From His Friends)

When a Fox News pundit who has helped force the resignation of White House advisers is promising he'll be
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Jesus-Focused Conversations in Occupied Bethlehem

I arrived in Bethlehem last Sunday evening to speak at a conference called "Christ at the Checkpoint: Theology in the Service of Peace and Justice." I'm not a theologian or an expert in anything.
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A Flawed Step Forward on Health-Care Reform

We all know how much the media love conflict, and they have fallen in love with the health-care debate. Yesterday's New York Times story on the final House vote expected this weekend simply said, "Showdown Near." That says it all about the gunfight at the O.K.
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We All Share Responsibility for Going to War -- and for Stopping It

A comment on my recent blog about The Hurt Locker really got my blood boiling.
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Jon Stewart: 'How Oscar Romero Got Disappeared by Right-Wingers...for the Second Time'

Jon Stewart has pointed out that one of the revisions of the recent Texas high school curriculum controversy is the omission of Archbishop Oscar
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Immigrants Helping Immigrants

I never doubted that I was a descendant of immigrants. Shortly after World War II, students were asked to fill out forms listing their nationality. For several years, I laboriously spelled out "Norwegian" until a teacher tapped me on the shoulder and told me it was more correct to write "American."
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