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  • In Theory: Does all worldly success come directly from God?

    Q. Many successful sports, showbiz and business people credit faith in God for their success. But a recent article in the Wall Street Journal discusses winners at this year’s Grammy awards and their belief that it’s not just faith that’s driven them to the top of their profession — God actually chose them to be successful over other musicians. As Christina Aguilera’s mother says, “We thought there must be some divine intervention. Early on, I realized…God has plans for her.”
  • Justice, faith and bin Laden

    Osama bin Laden was killed by an elite group of Navy SEALs and, like many people, my first reaction was "wow." After that, however, things got a bit more complicated as I struggled with my human and patriotic feelings in the context of my faith....

    Liberals must stand with the president

    Liberals must stand with the president
    Every week on the lecture trail, I meet progressives who are demoralized and/or infuriated by Barack Obama's performance as president. They insist that they will not work for him again or even vote for him. Many have signed petitions saying as much....

    Leon Howell dies at 73; author and essayist was last editor of Christianity and Crisis

    Leon Howell, an author and essayist who was the last editor of the influential liberal-tilting journal Christianity and Crisis, has died. He was 73. Howell died Feb. 26 at his home in Silver Spring, Md. He had suffered for years from a viral spinal...

    'The Book of Getting Even' by Benjamin Taylor

    'The Book of Getting Even' by Benjamin Taylor
    June 30, 2008 At 166 pages, "The Book of Getting Even" is a mortar shot of a novel -- the trajectory is steep, the narrative moves at tremendous velocity and the book ends with a bang. Yet it also is a bittersweet and redemptive love story, richly...