“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...]

Genesis: The First Messy, Tangled Act in God’s Long Story of Becoming Humane

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For the last couple of months, I’ve been studying the book of Genesis with a group of very bright young University of Southern California (USC) students. I’m the adviser for our “Church of the Broken Bread” progressive Christian student fellowship here. Our weekly gatherings are simple. First, each of us takes a piece and says [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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