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Thieves in the Temple

April 19, 2011

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I’m hearing whips crack, coins clink, and benches flung against walls. The hawkers and peddlers and venders race for the gate as sheep bleat and doves fly. A furious Messiah is taking his temple back a day after Palm Sunday. He’s not negotiating. As the dust clears, I can’t help but wonder: Are there money-changers in our temples? Even worse, have we become the hucksters? Have I? My answer: Yes to each. There are thieves in our temple, and I’ve been one of them.

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Draining our societal earwax

April 8, 2011

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This entry has been re-written.  Tap here.

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Stolen Treasure Returned

September 23, 2010

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Cock an ear. Hear the faint blow of the far-off whistle. The era of American Christianity’s hijacking may be ending even while extremists lift their cries for guns’n guts.

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“When America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold”

September 10, 2010

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“These and some other events that took place in the West have had destructive impacts on Christians in the developing parts of the world.”

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Grabbing Peacemaker Mojo

September 9, 2010

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It’s time for the peacemakers to get savvy in a lurid culture – even now, at this stage, when we’re clutching the polished vacuum cleaner after the salesman leaves with his I’ve-just-conned-another-sucker grin and our faces are tomato-red and the thoughts fly: I’ve been tricked, hoodwinked, duped … had! What happened? How’d we get here? Why?

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What Would Jesus Do? And other important questions about Christians, Cordoba House and book burning

September 8, 2010

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On Saturday September 11, the United States will once again relive the horrors of the attack on the World Trade Center nine years ago. I’m writing this on a September morning very much like that morning: cool, crisp and clear. The day’s events pushed our nation into its two longest wars, first in Afghanistan and then Iraq, and jolted us into sudden awareness of Islam – or, more especially, of a radical, fundamentalist form and its loose terrorist network, which will be with us for a long time. These terrorists have killed and maimed more Muslims than non-Muslims.

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Loving Muslims and saying no to book burnings

August 25, 2010

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It’ll be a nation-wide movement … No-no. That’s too small. Make it hemispheric … better yet, outright global: a pan-cultural, pan-continental, pan-societal, pan-everything human wave sweeping through North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, Greenland, and Antarctica.

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