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The Nightmare on the Way to the American Dream

Recent events in Europe and the Middle East have pushed the border stories down a notch. But immigrants from Central America are still flooding into the US. Children and youth (and women) are fleeing corrupt and impoverished Central American nations. … Continue reading

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Haiti and Israel: A Study in Contrasts

One cannot consider Haiti without asking a perennial question. Why do some nations flourish while others seemed forever trapped in poverty? Observers have suggested many causes, including colonialism, lack of resources, or corruption. But each of these capture only an … Continue reading

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Obama Can Deny the Existence of Evil but He Can’t Make Evil Disappear

“The problem with you Americans is that you don’t believe in evil.” The charge is taken from a work of fiction, but it’s altogether true in fact. That sentence appears in Joel C. Rosenberg’s 2002 novel, The Last Jihad. Rosenberg is a … Continue reading

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What Iraq Teaches Us About Cultural Transformation

As ISIS marches through Iraq and Baghdad prepares for battle, the world is asking, “Whence the hard-won gains of intervention by the US and its allies?”  The growing crisis presents opportunity for plenty of rumination and reflection; not all of it helpful. … Continue reading

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Guinness: The Brand that Made God Look Good

Arthur Guinness operated a brewery for the glory of God. You could say he was part of the Monday Church of his generation. On Sunday Christ followers gather for worship, fellowship, and equipping. On Monday they go all over the city to be the … Continue reading

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Is Capitalism the Best Means of Social Responsibility?

Too often, the word “capitalism” is the red flag that enrages the bull of social justice. But I would argue that what we call capitalism today is a caricature of the real thing. It shares some of the characteristics of true … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Calls for Social Responsibility, part 2 of 2

On May 19 Pope Francis met with UN General Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and executives from the United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes meeting in Rome.  He called upon the United Nations to contribute to a worldwide ethical mobilization. Here … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Calls for Social Responsibility, Part 1 of 2

On May 19 Pope Francis met with UN General Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and executives from the United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes meeting in Rome.  He called upon the United Nations to contribute to a worldwide ethical mobilization. Much … Continue reading

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Needed: A Theology of Suffering

We rarely hear a theology of suffering today. What we are hearing more often is a theology of comfort. “Come to Christ and you will be blessed!” “Pray and God will give you a new car!” “Give God $10 and He will give … Continue reading

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A Female Mom and a Male Dad: What Every Child Needs

Every child needs a male father and a female mother. So wrote Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires before becoming Pope Francis. In a day where there is personal and cultural confusion about what it means to be a … Continue reading

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