“As-salamu alaykum, What’s up, Bro?” — The Many Graces of Allah

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I have been in many mosques, including four of the most “amazing mosques from around the world.” Then there’s the retired imperial mosque of Hagia Sophiain Istanbul – which made a decent Christian basilica, or so I’m told – wherein I once ‘stowed away’ after hours and spent part of an evening by myself marveling under its magnificent Byzantine [Read More...]

“I, Too, Sing America”: On Walter Scott and Racial Wounds in America

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Recently, I talked to a young African American man, Andrew Roby, about the prevalence of racism in America. I argued that America needed to heal its racial wounds before it could move forward and reconcile its past with its present, to which he responded: “How can America’s racial wounds be healed if they are still [Read More...]

Resurrection for the Rest of Us

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By John Holbert I was not raised in the church—no Sunday School, no youth camps, no sermons, no Easter trumpeting. Yet, I went to seminary anyway. I will not tell you just why in detail, but it was 1968, and some will remember a very long and terrible war that was raging then, and for [Read More...]


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