The Common Good

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New Hope in the Movement for Immigrant Rights

This past Friday, May 1, 2009, I joined with thousands of others across the country in marching for immigrant and worker's rights.
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The Glue of Society: Celebrating Mother's Day

Thank God for mothers! Mother's Day is an opportunity to make life special for them. It is a chance to celebrate family. I thank God for my mother, who died some years ago. There is one thing I regret: for too many years I did not appreciate her enough and took her for granted. She was always there for us. I thank God for my wife.
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Are Christians Bad for an Empire's Economy? Should They Be?

Mike recently brought to my attention a letter written by Pliny the Younger to the Emperor Trajan written aroun
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The Two Futures Project: Who Would Jesus Bomb?

In light of headlines that dozens of kids and families were killed in US bombings of Afghanis
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Mother's Peace Day

Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
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A Moment or a Movement? Sustaining Momentum after the Mobilization to End Poverty

Last week my son and I spent three days in Washington, D.C., as part of the Mobilization to End Poverty. We heard challenging speakers.
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Jack Kemp: Bleeding-Heart Conservative

In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League switched its All-Star game from New Orleans to Houston.
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You Go J-O!

When I found out A Night of Hope with Joel & Victoria would be playing in New York City, at the brand new $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium, I knew I had to attend this concert. (Sorry, but if you charge admission, I no longer call it a worship service). Prior to the show, Joel and Victoria Osteen held a 15-minute press conference.
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Video: Eugene Cho Interviews Jim Wallis

Recently, I had the privilege of spending
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God's Image and Caesar's Image: Torture and the Currency of Empire

One of the central teachings of Torah is that all human beings are made in the Image of God. That teaching and what flows from it are at the heart of Jewish prohibitions on the use of torture -- and perhaps at the heart of Christian opposition to torture as well. Indeed, the Rabbis
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