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Honoring Deacon Phoebe

In last week's post, I argued that because the apostle Paul commended the work of Phoebe-a deacon (Romans 16:1-2)-the tradition of female deacons continued throughout the early centuries, as noted both by the archaeological evidence and also in Christian literature preserved from this period.
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Walter Cronkite and True Journalism

Within the context of just peace theory, Walter Cronkite was and remains an important figure. Truth. Respect. Security. We know the truth through the hard work of scholars doing the difficult and necessary research into the past and present to help us understand the facts of any conflict. Politicians and policy makers ought to make decisions based on a careful interpretation of the facts.
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An Ever-new Narrative of Good News

My friend Bob Carlton sent me this link to a Guardian piece by Madeleine Bunting, "
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Sotomayor and the Fundamentals of Diversity and Affirmative Action

The confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor this week again brings up the fundamental issues of diversity and affirmative action.
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Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes

In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Kids Need All the Positive Words They Can Get

Recently a bunch of people e-mailed me the same New York Times column, which cited a variety of scientific research s
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Update an Obsolete Poverty Line

Last week the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a study analyzing the effectiveness of our country's safety net programs.
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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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