May 30, 2014

Weekly Roundup

Here are a few stories from this week that deserve notice: * Catholic bishops flocked to Washington, D.C., this week to push lawmakers to finally pass immigration reform. Before doing their lobbying they first gathered  for Mass. Although not as powerful as th…
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May 29, 2014

May 27, 2014

Supreme Finish

The nearly twelve-year legal vendetta the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) launched against Windermere Baptist Conference Center is over! The Supreme Court of Missouri handed the MBC a loss today that brings the MBC's lawsuits against the ministry to a …
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May 23, 2014

May 22, 2014

Confirming Injustice

The U.S. Senate today confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of David Barron to join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Barron's nomination rightly sparked controversy since he authored a secret memo while working for the Obama ad…
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May 21, 2014

May 20, 2014

Vincent Harding

Theologian and civil rights activist Vincent Harding passed away yesterday. He worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and authored several books. As a Mennonite he brought an important voice for peace during the civil rights movement and later. Harding helped w…
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May 19, 2014

Radio Waves

Last month, the top politico for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) upset some conservative Christians when he made a jab at hateful Christian talk radio. Russel Moore, who leads the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, stated: I listened …
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May 16, 2014

Weekly Roundup

Here are a few stories from this week that deserve notice: * Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona, started offering political sanctuary this week to a man from Mexico who faces deportation. Daniel Neyoy Ruiz will be living in the church with his f…
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May 11, 2014

Faith & Politics

Today marked the end of leading a quarter-long study on faith and politics for the Sinapi Sunday School class at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. I enjoyed the opportunity to explore some important topics and the engaging discussions. This was the third time I…
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May 10, 2014

Graduation!

Finished grading last night for my last semester at James Madison University, and then went to graduation this morning. Kind of seemed like I was graduating, and - like some students - it only took me six years! It was a beautiful morning for graduation on t…
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May 9, 2014

Weekly Roundup

Here are a few stories from this week that deserve notice: * After failing last year, Missouri legislators overrode a gubernatorial veto to pass a new tax cut plan that creates a loophole for wealthy owners. A New York Times reporter nicely captured the mome…
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Interfaith Alliance Head to Retire

The Interfaith Alliance announced yesterday that its president, C. Welton Gaddy, will retire later this year. Gaddy, a Baptist minister, started his tenure at the head of the activist group in 1998. Although the group at times aligns itself too closely with …
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May 8, 2014

Churchnet Articles

I wrote three articles for the Churchnet newsletter page that ran in the Word&Way this week. Each of them covers one of the main speakers from Churchnet's Annual Gathering last month. The three articles are: Wilson-Hartgrove Speaks on Finding Hope in t…
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May 7, 2014

Almost Over

The nearly twelve-year legal vendetta the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) launched against Windermere Baptist Conference Center seems to be coming to an end. As I reported in March, the MBC lost its appeal in the Southern District of the Missouri Court of …
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May 6, 2014

May 5, 2014

Greece Stain

The U.S. Supreme Court today released its ruling on the important local legislative prayer case Town of Greece v. Galloway (for background see my Ethics Daily article ). Like too many other important rulings recently, this one came down 5-4 and went the wrong …
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May 2, 2014

Weekly Roundup

Here are a few stories from this week that deserve notice: * The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) this week announced the creation of the Alliance of Baptist Churches in Turkey. It is exciting to see the small Baptist community in Turkey taking this step, and th…
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May 1, 2014

The Times They Are a-Changin'

I sent out my monthly email update that includes news about my big move. Although I have enjoyed my time in Virginia and at James Madison University, I am looking forward to the next stage in Missouri as I focus more on writing. You can read the update here a…
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