September 29, 2014


When we moved earlier this year, I was pleased to see a couple of raised garden beds already in place in our new yard. However, we moved too late to really plant much. Not wanting to let the weeds take over, we decided to plant some sunflowers. An interesting…
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September 25, 2014

September 22, 2014

Senator Shows Divide between U.S., Middle East Christians

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas with a national following and presidential ambitions, recently stepped on a religious-political landmine that offers important lessons for U.S. Christians. I covered the comments and backlash in an Ethics Daily ar…
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September 16, 2014

Moving Jeff City Forward

Last night, the City Council of the City of Jefferson, Missouri, finally reached their final vote on a proposal to create a Public Transit Advisory Committee. A community group, Citizens for JeffTran , first proposed the idea for the citizen committee in the s…
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September 12, 2014

September 11, 2014

Sacred Sign

I find myself driving in downtown Jefferson City, Missouri, a few times a week. Throughout the summer, few others ventured out with me. As I took a regular route near the state Capitol yesterday morning, I suddenly realized the streets were packed with cars s…
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September 8, 2014

Profiles in Goodwill

Last week, Ethics Daily started a new series called "Profiles in Goodwill." Each one of these is a short profile of an Ethics Daily staffer or board member as a way of introducing people to regular readers. I am featured  in the  profile today. Chec…
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September 5, 2014

Church Giving Drops Even as Charitable Giving Increases

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is titled "Church Giving Drops Even as Charitable Giving Increases." The piece covers a study that offers troubling news for churches and denominations as such groups are receiving a smaller share of c…
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September 4, 2014

Ice Bucket Baptism

By now you've surely seen the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge." You've likely participated - or at least been challenged. It seems nearly all my friends on Facebook have joined in, as well as quite a few celebrities. Interestingly, I've not be…
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September 2, 2014

Feeling Fall

I sent out my monthly email update for September, which notes some of my recent publications. It also includes a short reflection on the transition from summer to fall, including shifts in political campaigns, baseball (go Royals!), and coffee drinks. You can…
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