The Common Good

God's Politics Blog

40 Ways to Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 4

It's wild how easily we get sidetracked from Holy days by holidays, and how quickly we can smother our central identity in Christ with other identities such as our national identity.
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Iran: Twitter, Truth, and Revolution

I have been doing my best to keep up with the ongoing events in Iran. I don't know enough to truly understand the nuances of the election or the political science behind it all, but like many others, I've been caught up in the human drama of it all. Photos like this one literally brought tears to me eyes.
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My Interview with Jon Stewart

"A joyful heart is good medicine," the scriptures say in Proverbs 17:22. Laughter truly is good for the soul, and quite possibly a democracy. I have often said that the Hebrew prophets used humor and satire as they spoke truth to power.
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Direct from Iran, an Unvarnished Assessment of Protests' Potential

The protests rocking Iran are of great significance for the politics and society of a Middle East regional supe
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Iran: Two Kinds of Islam, Two Kinds of Religion

There is the Islam of the dictators and their religious allies, used to keep people in their place, used to justify their own power, used to shame and threaten those who question their authority. And there is the Islam of the protestors, calling out to God in hopes of liberation. Whose prayers are heard? Which group has a more true vision of God?
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I Met a White Man and He Couldn't Dance

I attended a majority white high school in the late '70s and since that time my life has been one cross-cultural bowl of spaghetti. It tastes good but is really messy, sometimes sauce all over your shirt.
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Radical Love: A Father's Day Reflection

Many of us understand God the Father through our relationship with our own fathers.
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Justice for Victims of Colombia's Military

On June 8, Pastor Reinel Martinez Medina testified before the Colombian Congress on the execution of his brother at the hands of Colombian Public Security Forces: "I dare to speak out about my brot
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Eco-Justice: Getting There from Here

As I look at where we need to get, pronto -- 350 parts per million or less carbon in the atmosphere, sustainable use of planetary resources, and a world economy consistent with those things -- and
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A Father to the Fatherless

Father's Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. For most of my life, my father was absent, having abandoned our family when I was in elementary school.
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