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Umpires, Perspective, and the Supreme Court

"Judges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules.
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Video: Jim Wallis and Tavis Smiley on Perspective, Prayer, and the President

Earlier this year, Jim Wallis sat down with Tavis Smiley to talk about his role in public media of raising issues and asking questions that others are not.
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Taking the Prairie Path: Seeking Sustainability in the Suburbs

Just a half-mile or so south of our home is the Illinois Prairie Path. It's an old rail line that was converted to a walking and biking path in the early 1960s. An electric line actually, that once hauled commuters back and forth from the western suburbs to the city.
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Interpretation, Hermeneutics, and Judge Sotomayor

Judge Sonia Sotomayor has begun jumping through the Senate's ritual hoops to become the next member of the Supreme Court.
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What My Broken Collar Bone Taught Me About Our Broken Health-Care System

I was in a car wreck in 2002. After a drunk driver hit the car in which I was a passenger, I found myself with fractured ribs and a broken right clavicle.
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False Witness Redeemed: Forgiveness After 11 Years of Wrongful Conviction

A white woman is raped by a black man in North Carolina. During the assault, she studies his face, determined to bring him to justice. She later identifies a suspect both in photos and in-person line-ups. Only she's wrong.
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Stop this Malicious E-mail

An e-mail is circulating that, like most scary e-mails, is entirely false.
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A Prime Minister's Conscience is Pricked

Only God would open up an opportunity for a Catholic from San Francisco to speak prophetically to the Prime Minister of Australia, at the Anglican Centre in Rome, on behalf of Cambodians about to lose their land in Phnom Penh. God cares that much about the poor.
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Olympic Injustice

I've been following the news story of New Zealand Olympic hopeful Logan Campbell. If you haven't heard, he's the taekwondo athlete who said he was forced to open a brothel to cover his training expenses for the 2012 London Olympics.
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'Win Over' or 'Love On' for Jesus?

I'm currently rockin' in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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