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The more we cooperate with others, the more we are likely to help. That’s the finding of a recent working paper. While not a study of religious faith, expanding our circle of concern sounds very Christian. […] Read More

A man called our church in need of help last week. Craig (not his real name) was making his way from Maryland back home to Los Angeles when he got sick. He has suffered with AIDS for many years. Along the way, he ran out of medication, lost his train ticket and ended up in […] Read More

A Masai tribal talking stick helped broker a deal in Washington last week. With the U.S. government shutdown, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) made her Senate colleagues use this stick during their deliberations as a means of forcing each other to listen. The talking stick, a gift from Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), helped the congressional leaders […] Read More

John Wesley could be a pain. He was dogmatic, opinionated, partisan and stubbornly hard to shift from what he believed was the central ground of Christian faith. But that made him neither an exclusive nor a separatist from other Christians. In 1749, he preached a sermon titled “The Catholic Spirit” based on 2 Kings 10:15. […] Read More

Christianity is a collaborative faith. In a letter to churches in Corinth, the apostle Paul confronted several congregations that were arguing with each other. The thrust of his message was that no two churches were alike and each one served a purpose in the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12:27, he wrote, “All of […] Read More

On Sunday, Sept. 3, 1967, I had recently moved into a graduate student apartment and was about to embark on an academic journey, which would lead to my first master’s degree. My personal life was happily consumed with the delightful challenge of adjusting to the second year of marriage to the lovely Janice Ann Riley […] Read More

In his book, “Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God,” Jack Miles offers an imaginative scene revealing the subversive, revolutionary politic of Jesus. A preacher begins the sermon with the well-known proclamation, “the last will be first and the first will be last.” Suddenly, there is commotion in the back pew as a worshipper […] Read More

Warming our hands on Americanos, we were sitting downstairs in a Costa Coffee shop on a cold Tuesday morning – a retired Catholic layman, a Pentecostal woman, an Anglican priest and me. We’d met to pray for the night shelter and having done that we were chatting. Ann said something along the lines of Bromley […] Read More

While polarization marks and blights politics in America today, and while popular culture, commerce and religion are afflicted with the all-or-nothing ideologies and practices that prevent the citizenry from meeting the challenges which only intensify as seasons pass, here and there and now and then Sightings (this column series from the Martin Marty Center for […] Read More

When Standard & Poor’s publicized its downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, the response was as expected as it was tragic – endless finger pointing. TheObamaadministration and U.S. Treasury Department blamed S&P, citing inaccurate accounting and hasty judgment. MittRomney placed much blame on the president, citing poor leadership and faulty economic decisions. Romney’s critiques were […] Read More