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The Prophet Amos condemned Israel’s profiteering while the poor went hungry: “They sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals – they who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth” (Amos 2:6-7). Concerned about the poor’s treatment in this world, God sent Jesus to “bring […] Read More

Privilege can be a terrible burden. I don’t know that I really understood this before the first day that I was in a local village in El Salvador. Some clothing had been sent with our mission team to share with the children of the community. Although our team had not intended to be involved with […] Read More

The tolls have not begun to be taken. But surely that will start soon. And we can be pretty certain what those tolls will report. It’s just a matter of time, that is, before we begin learning of deaths occurring on account of the sequester and the decision by several states to opt out of […] Read More

As students of literature know, “The Odyssey” is the story of one man’s frustrated attempt to return home. Nestor, a noble warrior, came home shortly after his battles and discovered that little had changed. Agamemnon also made it home, but discovered that much, indeed, had changed. Menelaus was initially forced to wander about but eventually […] Read More

Recently, I watched as 800 people stood in line with grocery sacks, trash bags and wheeled carts waiting to get food. Most, if not all, were minorities. Many were elderly, walking with canes or walkers. Many were young mothers with babies in strollers or in car seats. Many looked cold after standing in line for […] Read More

On March 13, 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to the papacy. The media highlighted right away the newness that the 266th pope ushers in for the Catholic Church, even simply by virtue of who he is: the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas, and the first pope from the Southern Hemisphere. […] Read More

Evidence and statistics have been misused, misrepresented and manipulated by politicians and the media to create myths that blame and stigmatize the most vulnerable in society, according to a new, hard-hitting church report. The report, titled “The Lies We Tell Ourselves: Ending Comfortable Myths About Poverty,” was published March 1 by the Joint Public Issues […] Read More

After five hellish days in the Gulf of Mexico, the Carnival cruise ship that suffered the catastrophic effects of an engine fire finally limped its way to port in Mobile, Ala. Most of the once-stranded wayfarers made their way into the arms of their loved ones; others were taken to the hospital for care for […] Read More

How can pastors and other religious leaders address the U.S. national deficit and fiscal policy without resorting to partisan labeling? We could begin with Scriptures, where many Christians look for guidance, and remind our congregants and the wider public that the biblical standard for ethical governance is based on how government treats the most vulnerable […] Read More

Charles Dickens was an English social critic and writer who is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era (1837-1901) in Great Britain. He was born 200 years ago in 1812 and is the author of such highly acclaimed novels as “The Adventures of Oliver Twist” (1837-39), “David Copperfield” (1848-50) and “A Tale […] Read More