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In Charleston, Nine 'Worlds' Ended

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: When is the time to ask the questions I have about Charleston? Such as: “Why is it when a Black person commits murder we talk about them as thugs when a Muslim commits murder we call it terrorism when a White guy does something like this, we immediately start talking about mental illness?” Today, if we are truly one human family, we can certainly agree on one indisputable fact – each of the good people slain this week in church was a......

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A Family Values Fumble for Reverend Franklin Graham

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Sounding off about Wells-Fargo’s TV ad depicting two women learning sign language in order to adopt a hearing-impaired child, Rev. Franklin Graham declared his plan to cut ties with the bank by withdrawing his ministry’s funds. He also encouraged his flock to follow suit. But the evangelical leader soon softened his stance (saying he isn’t opposed to the company’s ad being “gay-friendly”), and now, what I find fascinating is watching him wrestle with this issue. “What if all of us were willing to open......

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What It Means for ESPN to Celebrate Caitlyn Jenner

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: ESPN will soon give the Arthur Ashe award to Caitlyn Jenner, causing critics to have a field day on social media. In particular, many think an award for courage is more deserved by an athlete such as young Lauren Hill, who died of brain cancer in April. But awards tell us a lot about who’s giving the award, as much as (if not more than) the recipient. And remember, “ESPN isn’t telling the world the only athlete who’s made a contribution in bravery beyond......

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A Marriage Equality First in Ireland

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: For the first time in the world, a nation has voted as a people to recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry in their country. While the majority in Ireland identify as Catholic, a majority of voters there are clearly comfortable disagreeing with the church on who should have access to marriage rights under the law. “What’s happening now is not a breaking with faith, but a profound engagement with faith, that has the capacity to allow people to use the traditions......

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The Push-and-Pull Over the Meaning of Marriage

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: While the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was presiding over a same-sex wedding this week, the evangelical Christian leader Reverend Franklin Graham was online urging his entire flock to pray for the justices to rule against marriage equality. Just as I think it’s important to remember that our nation’s laws are not meant to adhere to religious laws, it would be helpful when we invoke God if we remember that “the will of the eternal, as expressed to different people in different......

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Getting Real About the Black Experience

I was in Baltimore this past weekend for the bar mitzvah of my close friend’s grandson. The site of our last racial hot zone, Baltimore is still reeling from the recent unrest over Freddie Gray’s death (tourism is reportedly down; some students are turning down Baltimore universities where they’ve been accepted for 2015-’16), while at the same time, people I spoke with repeatedly told me things are returning “back to normal.” But as I drove out of Baltimore, it struck me that I went an entire weekend without having a conversation with......

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Will the U.S. Be Smart About Smartphone Privacy?

As U.S. government officials consider how to meet law enforcement’s need for access to data – now increasingly encrypted on personal tech devices – Google, Apple and 140 other technology firms are pushing back. In an appeal to the Obama administration, they argue that “strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy’s security.” Still, we shouldn’t forget: The cellphone is one of the single most important tools in 21st-century terrorism. Privacy is a priority for Americans, but what about public safety? Is the tech industry’s position a responsible one? “They......

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The Amtrak Tragedy, and All That Faith Can't Explain

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Since the Amtrak train derailed in northeast Philadelphia, I’ve been asked numerous times to answer the question, “Where was God?” I understand that not everyone is comforted?when tragic deaths are explained as part of a grand plan. But we can all be comforted by remembering “God is wherever people discover that no matter what, we are never alone.” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.     Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their......

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A Turning Point for Faith in America?

Across the U.S., people are talking about the latest in religious news: According to research, numbers keep trending down among the most popular sects of institutional Christianity in America. Many wonder what this means about the role of faith in our communities and our private lives. While I believe atheism is not on the rise, and interest among individuals who seek spiritual fulfillment remains as vibrant as ever, the upshot is this: “If you believe in tradition, figure out how to use it in new and creative ways.” Watch my recent appearance......

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Deflated NFL Fans and Blame Games

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: What’s next, now that the NFL has investigated – and essentially confirmed – the New England Patriots’ role in deflating footballs to their advantage? Tom Brady is being scapegoated and Coach Bill Belichick is evading accountability, while fans feel deeply disappointed in the pattern of cheating. “It is a moment to look at ourselves, and ask: What is it we really value about sports? And how do we keep the sports we love as great as they are meant to be?” Watch my video......

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