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David Brooks and "The Big Me"—A Critique

Date: 06/02/2015

[caption id="attachment_5579" align="alignleft" width="395"] David Brooks' latest book is the subject of an edifying interview in the June 2015 issue of Christianity Today.[/caption] In the midst of preparing for this major house renovation, for which mental health breaks have come in the form of way too many back-to-back episodes of the T.V. series "Breaking Bad," and regrettably less writin ...

Related Topics: Faith And Prayer, Christianity Today, David Brooks, Sin And Righteousness, Evangelicals And Indiana Law, Post-Christendom Church, The Road To Character

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pizza: cold or hot, and engaged Buddhism vs intolerance

Date: 03/09/2015

[caption id="attachment_10065" align="alignleft" width="300"] foodpictures.mobi[/caption] We had pizza for dinner last night. So today -- as most pizza eaters know -- was 'leftover pizza' day. Here's the deal: my beloved must  heat his. I eat it hot the first night, cold after. I actually like  cold pizza! The very idea seems, to him, almost revolting. We have similar differences when we b ...

Related Topics: Health And Wellness, Britton Gildersleeve, Beginner's Heart, Buddhism, Engaged Buddhism, Buddhist Blogs, Metta, Everyday Living

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Unfinished Business

Date: 03/05/2015

[caption id="attachment_33357" align="alignleft" width="300"] Copyright 20th Century Fox 2015[/caption] "Unfinished Business" is a story about three renegade renegades from bureaucracy going up against The Man and the importance of the individual in an era of soul-grinding corporatism. But the movie itself is clearly the product of institutional over-management, as though it was put together ...

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Myron Pauli: "Barack Obama: All American"

Date: 02/26/2015

In what follows, all-around bright guy, Myron Pauli, weighs in on the brouhaha surrounding Rudy Giuliani's judgment that President Obama doesn't "love America."  Dr. Pauli provides some real food for thought.  If he's right--and, tragically, it's tough to show that he isn't--than America's problems are much, much larger than this president.   In scientific research and on Jeopardy , it is ess ...

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Pax Press Agency covers Catholic work at the U.N. in Geneva

Date: 02/19/2015

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKHj7Jwt4MI The Church in the world. While the Catholic Church is no stranger to news headlines (for both good and not-so-good reasons), little is known by the general public about its full-throttle engagement with the United Nations on issues related to such matters  refugees, religious f ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Pope Francis, 22 Coptic Christians Murdered By ISIS In Libya, Pax Press Agency, Catholic Work At The U.N. In Geneva

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Kirk Cameron talks about "Saving Christmas"

Date: 11/13/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. 'Tis the season. Kirk Cameron's film comedy Saving Christmas opens in about 400 theaters across the country this weekend (11/14) for a planned two-week limited engagement. For info on locating a theater near you (or for arranging a screening in your town) click here .  Cameron recently spoke with me about the fil ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Kirk Cameron, Ann Curry, Mercy Rule, "Saving Christmas", Darren Doane And Cheston Hervey, St. Nicholas, Camfam Studios, Former CNN Host Piers Morgan, Chelsea Noble

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What If You're Too Timid to Be "Bold for Christ"?

Date: 10/15/2014

I became a Christian at 19. For the first 25 years, I diligently attended church services, which means that I came into regular contact with Christians comfortable in that setting, and for the last eight years, I have been transitioning into a more independent state, finding fellowship with seekers and believers in alternative formats. Small, weak, helpless and fragile -- it's okay, and hone ...

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When a Rabbi Announces He is Gay

Date: 10/08/2014

Rabbi Gil Steinhauf. Courtesy of Adas Israel Congregation. Religious leaders are public figures. We live on display. People look at what we drive, what we eat, what we wear. Unfortunately, sometimes we hide parts of ourselves in order to conform to people’s expectations. We might convey feelings of invulnerability or perfection in public as we struggle in private. Trying to be differe ...

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