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The Time is Ripe Print E-mail

Recently, Imam Plemon El-Amin, the distinguished Muslim leader and scholar, provided the devotional at our annual gathering of Presbyterian Seminary presidents and board chairs in Atlanta. Imam El-Amin read a passage from the Qu'ran: "The worst food is that which is taken from the poor."

I am sure that all of us in the room that day felt the resonance between the sacred text of Islam and our own Bible, from the thundering call of the Old Testament prophets to our Lord Jesus' Sermon on the Mount to the book of James. I was also reminded, however, of another witness to justice that day, and how this passage from the Qu'ran shares his gift for coining a memorable phrase. I am thinking, of course, of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Almost immediately upon returning from the meeting in Atlanta, I turned to James Washington's collection of Dr. King's writings, and sought out in that collection a sermon Dr. King preached at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on March 31, 1968.

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Religion News 2-19-13 Print E-mail

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Thurgood Marshall, America's Promise, and the "Devil in the Grove" Print E-mail

After a night of serious drinking at an American Legion hall dance in Lake County, Florida, one mid-summer evening in 1949, a 17-year-old girl named Norma Lee (Tyson) Padgett and her estranged husband, Willie Padgett, reported that they had been the victims of a violent attack by a group of young Black men. The young woman claimed she had been raped, though physical evidence did not support her claim.

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Rosa Parks: Courage Print E-mail

The names roll down the ages like a roll call of the saints - the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy, Mr. Fred Daniels, Mrs. Rosa Parks and Dr. Moses W. Jones - African- American citizens in Montgomery, Alabama, who in 1955 and 1956 courageously led the Black community in a boycott of the Montgomery City Line buses. One name stands out, without whom the boycott would never have happened at all: Rosa Parks.

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Religion News 2-12-13 Print E-mail

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Religion News 2-5-13 Print E-mail

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Getting the Facts Straight about "Nones" Print E-mail

Recently I read an essay in the New York Times referring to the much discussed sociological category of "nones." That particular essay completely misread recent studies implying that "nones" are non-believers, even agnostics or atheists. I was just about to produce a blog on the subject when my colleague and friend Matthew Myer Boulton, president of Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, posted his excellent blog, which he has given me permission to share with you (below). After reading Matt's blog, I felt it would be largely redundant to write my own. I want to thank Matt for his insightful comments and his willingness to appear as a guest blogger this week on "Thinking Out Loud."

Those who would like, may refer back to the blog I wrote when the Pew Study about the "nones" was originally announced or read the related news stories that followed publication of that blog.

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Book release: Finding purpose in life through the Trinity Print E-mail

By Tom Bosse

Christian author and lay minister Tom Bosse is the author of the revelation to Trinity’s mystery, “The Unveiling of the Trinity.”

The word Trinity generally conjures up the word mystery or a topic with deep theological concerns designated for someone with a Masters of Divinity. However, the word Trinity is not just an arbitrary term devised by Christians, but represents the handiwork of God reaching out to fallen mankind. As the major Christian doctrine, the Trinity not only incorporates the Godhead, but its real meaning expresses life.

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