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What Is "Fundamentalism" and Who Is a "Fundamentalist"? blog by Roger Olsen, PhD.

Dr. Olsen says: "I am a Christian theologian of the evangelical Baptist persuasion. I am also a proud Arminian! And I’m influenced by Pietism. Minnesota is my home state and I have lived in Iowa, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Germany and now Texas. My current professional status since 1999 is Professor of Theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University." Read his bio.

Peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers needed

"The plain fact is that the planet does not need more 'successful' people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these needs have little to do with success as our culture has defined it."

~David Orr

A Robber Meets Julio Diaz, a Compassionate Person

When Julio Diaz stepped off the New York City subway platform after work one night, he was simply planning to walk over to his favorite local diner for a meal. But when a teenage boy approached him with a knife blade gleaming in his fist, Diaz, a 31-year-old social worker, knew the evening was about to take a more dramatic turn.

The young man demanded Diaz's wallet, and Diaz passed it over without objection. But just as his mugger turned to walk away, Diaz called after him: "Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something."

The mugger turned around, surprised.

On the Death of My Mother and the Nature of Love

mlOn Tuesday afternoon, October 4, 2011, my sister Faith called from Chattanooga and said, "Mom's gone."  I heard a rushing sound in my ears and my heart thumped and I said the most profound thing I could think of, which was, "Oh my." Then I leaned against the wall as Faith told me the details. Our 86-year-old Mom was walking down the hall when she just fell down and was gone that fast, likely it was her heart that gave out.

Black Nativity in Seattle

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Black Nativity is a Christmas musical first performed on New York's Broadway in 1961. Described by its author, Langston Hughes, as a "gospel song play," Black Nativity is a rousing and deeply moving re-telling of the birth of Jesus from the point of view of African Americans, using the musical forms, rhythms, staging, and lively tradition of black gospel music.