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Commentary: Healing Can Be Viewed As Good

Subscriber onlyThere's a story in John's gospel where Jesus and his disciples come across a man born blind. The disciples fall into a theological debate of blame. Whose fault is it that he is blind? His fault or his parents? Blaming the victim. It's not uncommon. Continue reading...

Commentary: Laws Backed By Religion Are UnAmerican

Subscriber onlyThe First Amendment enshrines our nation's cherished traditions protecting freedom of religious expression. The First Amendment also enshrines our rights to be protected from the civil enforcement of religious principles. Freedom of religion also means freedom from religious establishment. Continue reading...

Commentary: Resisting The False Security Of Certainties

Subscriber onlyHealthy religion always is open to mystery and paradox. Continue reading...

Private Option A Lifesaver For Some Arkansans

Subscriber onlyThe Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a lot like Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan. It is our society’s way of responding in compassion to our neighbor in need. Continue reading...

Acknowledging Complicity In Sin And Doing Something About It

Subscriber onlyDietrich Bonhoeff er was a Lutheran pastor and theologian who helped found the Confessing Church movement in 1930s Germany to resist Adolph Hitler and the Nazis. Forgoing an invitation to teach safely in the U.S., Bonhoeffer worked in the German underground during the war, was arrested, imprisoned and eventually executed in a concentration camp two weeks before its liberation. Continue reading...

Scrooge Says ‘Bah, Humbug’ To Common Good

JESUS SAYS WHEN WE CARE FOR THE ‘LEAST OF THESE,’ WE HAVE ‘DONE IT UNTO HIM’

Subscriber onlyNorthwest Arkansas is so fortunate to have TheatreSquared (T2), our year-round resident, professional theater company, recognized last year as one of the nation’s 10 most promising emerging theatres. Continue reading...

Elmo’s Way Reflects Value Of Government Regulation

Subscriber onlyA couple of weeks ago I buried 95-year-old Elmo Samuel, who for more than three decades worked as an inspector at the Campbell’s Soup plant in Paris, Texas. He was a government employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was an inspector, overseeing the cleanliness of the Campbell’s plant to make sure it met government regulations and produced a safe product. Continue reading...

Celebrating The Commitment Of Michael Eric

INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF LIFE, LIBERTY, PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS SHOULD BE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL

Subscriber onlyOne preacher asked the other. “Do you believe in infant baptism?” “Believe in it? Sir, I’ve seen it!” Maybe you’ve heard that old one before. But it’s got a new twist for me. “Do you believe in same-sex marriage?” I can now say, “Believe in it? I’ve seen it!” I had the joyful privilege to preside at the marriage of two of my parishioners in a legal wedding in Washington, D.C., last spring at the National Cathedral. The city was in bloom — redbuds and cherry trees and dogwoods — on a glorious, bright sunny day. It felt like the whole universe was smiling on a holy and happy occasion. Continue reading...

Extremists Ready To Damage US To Save It

TAX CODE HAS BEEN SHIFTING WEALTH AND INCOME TOWARD THE RICH AND POWERFUL FOR 30 YEARS

Subscriber onlyIn Genesis there is the story of Esau, who sold his birthright for a pottage of soup. He’s a symbol for giving up something precious, for nothing. Continue reading...

Employment Act Right Step To Kinder, More Just Society

Subscriber onlyThere are many signs we are becoming a kinder, more just society. We are now going through the 50-year anniversaries of the turbulent 1960s when black Americans sought equal rights. I remember my hometown where we had separate schools, separate drinking fountains and separate waiting rooms, restrooms and public entrances. Our neighborhoods were segregated and so were our churches. Black people were not allowed into restaurants or soda fountains, motels or the front seats of buses. Or in the voting booth. All of this was legal. Continue reading...

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