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Ride the Donkey: Love Over Power

I sometimes think that many Evangelical Christians tend toward becoming modern counterparts of the ancient Gnostics. While the theologically liberal doubt the deity of Jesus, we have a tendency to diminish His...
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Jesus is My Koan

Recently, at a public forum, I was asked to address the question as to whether or not America is having a spiritual revival.  It was an easy question to address because there is blatant evidence from coast to...
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Hunger Fast: The Call for Justice

“When I walked outside people, thinking I was a doctor, began handing me their dead children. Within minutes I watched 25 children die.” These were the opening words of Ambassador Tony Hall from within the...
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A Proposal for "Illegal Aliens"

The Hebrew Scriptures clearly call for the children of Israel to make room for the alien. The Israelites are reminded that they, too, were once aliens in a strange and distant land. …Who loves the stranger...
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Religionless Spirituality

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Christian martyr, once prophesied from a Nazi concentration camp that there would come a day when there would be a religion-less Christianity. With ambivalence he looked into the twen...
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Lose Yourself

As a college professor, I could always count on someone coming into my office around the beginning of May and telling me he wasn't coming back net semester. (It was usually a guy.) I would try to be professio...
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What Do You Mean by Sin?

From time to time, I have been asked in the academic classrooms where I have taught to define what I mean by sin.  I always respond by saying, “Sin is what diminishes the humanity of another person and of the...
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Why Christians Don't Like Jesus

As the Red Letter Christian movement came to be known, I realized it would never be accepted.  This is because many Christians don’t really like the God that is revealed in Jesus Christ.  They want the God tha...
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Losing Faith: Life's Questions

There are both honest reasons and dishonest reasons for young people giving up on God, and there are remedies for both. The most common honest reason cited for losing faith is that it becomes impossible to be...