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Category: Bible and Culture

Return of the King

Ponder these short parables: The king of a great land was about to take a long journey. He called his top three officials together. “I am putting you in charge while I am gone,” he

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The Promise and Peril of Populism

Let’s ponder the promise and peril of populism. Or maybe the triumph and terror of populism. Follow the news for a random hour, and you’ll probably hear the words populism and populist. “Populist revolt.” “populist

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Parable of the Tiled Floor

  I walk into a shopping mall. In a central courtyard is a beautiful floor made of different colors and sizes of tiles. Admiring the floor, I start to wonder whether the tiles are laid

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Blessed Virgin Mary?

Taking a class in medieval Christian worship at Notre Dame in 1975, I quickly learned what BVM meant. Blessed Virgin Mary. Not Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This is the season when we especially remember Mary,

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Most Important Book of 2016

The most important book of 2016 is The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire, by Alan Kreider (Baker Academic, 2016, 321 pp.). I say this after

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Credo: Politics

When it comes to politics . . . Since I believe in Jesus and the kingdom of God, I believe: The Lord God is a God of righteousness, justice, holiness, truth, and love—all qualities that

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What Pocahontas Found in Heaven

Most people these days know something about Pocahontas. Some even know the true story of her conversion to Christianity, and perhaps of the catechetical instruction she went through. But most people don’t know what happened

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Welfare for the Rich?

Should Christians support welfare for the rich? It might make sense. If the rich get richer, everyone benefits. Pour water into a cup long enough and it flows down abundantly, giving everyone a drink. I

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