The Common Good

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Freedom from Fear in the Health-Care Debate

There comes a moment when we can say a word or speak a concept so often that it loses meaning and simply becomes sound. The concept becomes exhausted, thin, one-dimensional.
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Zimbabwe's Cycle of Crisis

The outcome of regional intervention in Zimbabwe has been a thirty day ultimat
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The Struggle of Our Environmental Neighbors

Marvin Gaye once sang, "Oh, mercy mercy me/Oh, things ain't what they used to be/No, no/Where did all the blue sky go?/Poison is the wind that blows/From the north, east, south, and sea/Oh, mercy m
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Missing from Wall Street's Calculations: Sin

Driving home from Seattle, the rain was both daunting and beautiful.
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Thanking the Refugee (The Plank in Australia's Eye, Part 2)

[continued from part 1] Philosopher Emmanuel Levinas reminds us that "the other" is not an object for us to control but a
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The Deadly Viper Conversation Moves from Authors to Publisher

Last Friday, a group of Asian-American leaders (Kathy Khang, IVCF / Eugene Cho, Quest Church / Ken Fong, Evergreen Baptist Church and I) were on a conference call with three executives of Zondervan
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Walking, Chewing Gum, and Confronting Racism and Sexism at the Same Time

People who do diversity work run the risk of setting impossible goals for themselves: The Beloved Community. The Kingdom of God.
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Will Violence Have the Last Word at Fort Hood?

Like so many across our country, I have been reeling about the news coming out of Ft. Hood, TX.
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The Plank in Australia's Eye

"F%*# OFF! WE'RE FULL!" read the bumper sticker I saw this morning, written within the outline of the Australian continent.
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Deadly Viper: Personal Apologies and Power Structures

Without trying to be too presumptuous about the resolution of an ongoing story, I'm doing some personal reflection on the last few days.
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