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Most religious people are convinced that their religion is a good thing but have their doubts about the goodness of other religions. So is religion good? That depends. […] Read More

I traveled in early September 2016 to East Africa for a Christian mission conference. The Kenya Airway flight from Liberia took me through Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Accra, Ghana, to my final destination, Nairobi, Kenya. Upon our arrival to Freetown, several passengers on board deplaned while ongoing passengers stayed on board. After the routine of […] Read More

The entire community at Ricks Institute gathered in the school’s auditorium at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 5, 2016. It was the first day of the 2016-17 academic year for the K-12 Baptist boarding school in Liberia. It was my responsibility as the principal and chief administrative officer to set the pace for the new school […] Read More

Leaders from four faith traditions in Burma (also known as Myanmar) have called for a fuller embrace of religious freedom and increased respect between traditions, which is vital to the well-being of children who represent the future of their nation. The statement, released by Interfaith for Children, has been issued in the leadup to the […] Read More

What do you do when you have to be around someone you really don’t like? It’s natural to want to hang around with people we like, and few of us would choose to spend time with someone we didn’t like, much less groups of people we don’t like. Sometimes, however, it’s unavoidable. Sometimes they are […] Read More

In his 1967 book, “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” Martin Luther King Jr. described the state of the civil rights movement in America and the state of white America’s acceptance of African Americans. “With Selma and the Voting Rights Act one phase of development in the civil rights revolution came to […] Read More

To write anything about humility runs a risk of conveying the presumption that one either knows what it is or, worse, that one has managed to accomplish it. Remember the old joke about the fellow who wrote the book “Humility and How I Attained It”? Humility is easy to equate with various qualities, from low […] Read More

I recently reread a favorite story of mine about three religious teachers: one Jewish, one Christian and one Muslim. Taking a break from their studies, they meet for a walk and conversation in the park just outside the city. They ask about each other’s health and well-being as they walk. Along the way they encounter […] Read More

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” I was sitting outside on the playground bench wiping the tears of a child when this proverb came to mind. It isn’t true, of course. Nancy was a second-grader going through an evaluation process to help us understand why she couldn’t read. […] Read More

(RNS) The young man in the video pulls in close to his computer camera with the trappings of a typical college dorm room—a loft bed and the clutter of cast-off clothes—piled behind him. Alex Fiorentini isn’t talking about girls, beer or football. Instead, it’s a coming-out moment of sorts. “Is it acceptable to the majority […] Read More