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Archbishop Desmond Tutu on forgiveness: “In the end, good prevails”

  YouTube video of Archbishop Tutu on forgiveness The ANC has not invited Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the funeral for Nelson Mandela, apparently because the Archbishop has been very critical of the government.  This slight to Archbishop Tutu reflects poorly … Continue reading

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Soweto and Detroit: Suppose apartheid isn’t past, but future?

I was reading some touching emails from Detroit folks re my recent Huffington Post column, “How Detroit got Scrooged” as media commentators were reporting on the massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Soweto. Suddenly it struck me that Americans … Continue reading

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How Detroit got Scrooged: A Christmas story

Last week, Detroit became the largest U.S. city to enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Conservatives are blaming unfettered liberalism and especially “unions” for Detroit’s economic woes. This carping is nothing but a prelude to the “cut your way out of bankruptcy” narrative … Continue reading

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Pope Francis is not a Liberation Theologian: Here’s how you can tell

Since Pope Francis issued his “apostolic exhortation,” Evangelii Gaudium, he is being roundly accused, by some American conservatives, of being a “liberation theologian” and a Marxist. Not so, as I argue in my new column at the Huffington Post. Today, … Continue reading

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Five Christian theologies scarier than Halloween

Here’s the link to my original On Faith column on Five Theologies Scarier Than Halloween.  I have reproduced the whole column below.  Got a scary Christian Theology I haven’t mentioned? Add yours. Our American celebration of Halloween has very little … Continue reading

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Jesus goes to Walmart

In #OccupytheBible, I argue that Jesus “organized” workers in the fishing industry around the Sea of Galilee.  Roman occupation had driven a lot of the Jewish fishers into poverty.  As we know, Jesus came out strongly for workers being paid … Continue reading

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Jesus, Justice and French Fries: A Parable for Labor Day

This Labor Day, fast food workers are striking across the country. Their demands are simple: they want to be able to form unions without employer retaliation and bargain for higher wages. Christians who follow Jesus should support these strikes, in … Continue reading

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A Reader Occupies #OccupytheBible

I received the following email from a reader of #OccupytheBible. He has given me permission to quote his email in part.  He makes several great points that expand on my argument. It “takes a village” to do theology, in my … Continue reading

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Malala: God is not a ‘tiny, little conservative’ who sends ‘girls to hell’

“Thank you to God, for whom we are all equal.”  So Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by Pakistani Taliban last year, began her address to the UN Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday, and called for improvements in global education. … Continue reading

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Jesus and the Parable of the Unjust Judges: Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act!

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 5 to 4, has invalidated an integral part of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, states are moving quickly to pass a range of voter suppression laws. Depressing? Enraging? You betcha. … Continue reading

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