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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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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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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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Where Is the Help Nepal Needs?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: With dramatic news happening here in the U.S. all week, our mainstream press isn’t covering Nepal’s dire situation effectively. In terms of earthquake relief, with thousands dead and injured, the overwhelmed Nepalese government and military aren’t being effective in helping hundreds of thousands of displaced survivors. But waiting for those systems won’t work. “We waste time thinking about the ‘ideal’ responses, as opposed to: What are the do-able, real responses? Where can I make a difference?” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.......

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The Violent Reaction to Women of the Wall

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Religious freedom is in the news again, as Israelis rebel against rules about where and how women can pray. This week, some at the Western Wall in Jerusalem reacted violently when members of the advocacy group Women of the Wall defied traditional (gender-based) restrictions on public expressions of faith. An angry riot reportedly ensued among the ultra-Orthodox witnesses, and I thought about this: “Why would people behave that way? What was going on? Where does love of your fellow Jew, also a tradition, factor......

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The Aaron Hernandez Trial: A Just Verdict?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: The jury has returned a guilty verdict against Aaron Hernandez, ending his trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, and sentencing the onetime NFL star to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Were jurors too lenient, or too harsh? Was justice served? “Are people fed up with misbehaving professional athletes, and punishing them more aggressively?” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.   Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore......

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The Push to Ban 'Conversion Therapy'

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: The Oval Office has issued a statement officially supporting the movement to ban “conversion therapy,” especially as practiced on homosexual and transgender kids in the United States. In most cases, the “treatment” is either self-imposed, or imposed upon minors by family members who believe for religious reasons that the child/teen can become (and should become) heterosexual. “The use of conversion therapy is not a gay rights issue. It’s a public health issue, and very much in the domain of the president of the federal......

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Why We Should Be Talking About Religious Freedom

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series:?Lawmakers in Indiana and Alabama are facing a firestorm after they enacted new legislation around religious freedoms, which critics say is designed to discriminate against LGBT citizens. In contentious debates, there has got to be for all of our sakes, a way to combine passionate advocacy with spiritual and intellectual humility. Not paralysis, not silence, but genuine humility that recognizes the dignity of those on the other side. For more on why it’s important to talk about this issue, watch my video discussion ?below: Odyssey......

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Anguish About the Germanwings Plane: Where Was God?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: As horrifying details emerge about the cause of the Germanwings plane crash, an unbearable sense of shared, collective trauma grows. “In a moment of pain, any question has to be safe to ask,” including this one: Where was God? Consider with me how those who lost loved ones may find meaning in the tragedy, in the long hours, days and years of grief that lie ahead for them. Watch my video below for more insight and discussion. Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith......

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The Martese Johnson Case: What Were Police Thinking?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: In a nationwide atmosphere of heightened racial tensions, particularly between police and African-American men, UVA undergrad Martese Johnson (majoring in Italian and media studies on a full scholarship) was recently arrested outside an Irish pub on suspicion of underage drinking. The shocking degree of force used during his arrest, which left Johnson in need of ten stitches, has led to renewed cries of racial prejudice in policing. I hope we all examine: “What really happened here? Cops lost it. Most cops don’t, but this......

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