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The Briefing 12-06-13

Nelson Mandela: One of the most significant figures of the 20th Century; 80th Anniversary of Prohibition’s repeal; Church of Sweden elects first female arch-bishop; Abortion…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 12-02-13

As much as the President needs to deal with domestic issues, the world presses itself upon us; Can rap and the Gospel go together? Never…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 11-12-13

Talks with Iran to surrender its nuclear pursuits do not go as planned; Bullying in the NFL; Ignoring penalties in college football? Theology matters: Bill…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 10-17-13

Debt deal another exercise in artificial politics; National march towards legalized gay marriage continues in Michigan and North Carolina; What is racial equality? Equality of…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 09-16-13

50th anniversary of 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing; Epic flooding in Colorado reminder humans not in control; 5th anniversary of Wall Street collapse: Have we…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 08-29-13

President Obama’s MLK speech shifts segregation from race to economics; Fort Hood shooter Hassan sentenced to death; School, and culture, growing increasingly hostile to boysRead this essay →

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Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

On April 19, 1961, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the Julius B. Gay Lecture at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. As historian Gregory A. Wills...Read this essay →

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The Content of Our Character—Fifty Years Later Many Challenges Remain

"I have a dream,” declared Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he addressed a crowd of several hundred thousand gathered on the Mall around the...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 08-28-13

On 50th anniversary of “I Have a Dream” we remember every human is made in image of God; In Syria there are no good options…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 08-14-13

New CA law permits school kids to choose facilities and teams based on gender of choice; To what degree is FBI complicit in crimes of…Read this essay →

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The Central Tragedy of this Case Remains—Trayvon Martin Belongs to Us All

As the father of a young man, I know the talks parents have with their sons--or should have. I have had plenty of those talks,...Read this essay →

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NewsNote: Black Children Are an Endangered Species?

Catherine Davis is a woman with a message, and that message is getting harder to ignore. "Black children are an endangered species." The Director of...Read this essay →

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Racial Politics in the Church

In light of Sonia Sotomayor's judicial hearings, the issue of affirmative action has featured prominently in the news. How does the Church deal with issues...Read this essay →

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Martin Luther King Jr.: Taking The Measure Of The Man

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America Has Chosen a President

The election of Sen. Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States came as a bang, not a whimper.  The tremors had been...Read this essay →

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The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

When a sniper's bullet took the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis on April 4, 1968, America lost its foremost leader in the...Read this essay →

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A Recovery Plan for Black America — And a Courageous Message for All Americans

Bill Cosby worked his way into American hearts through his great talent as a comedian and actor, but there has always been more to Bill...Read this essay →

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Is Transracial Adoption Nothing More Than ‘Abduction’?

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Does Racial Diversity Matter?

The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision today to declare two school integration plans unconstitutional has once again placed the question of racial diversity in America at...Read this essay →

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The Moral Responsibility of Civilization

The very existence of civilization -- an achievement under the best of circumstances -- is undermined by moral collapse. A haunting reminder of this now...Read this essay →

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“Marriage is for White People”—The Decline of Marriage among African Americans

“Marriage is for white people.” That’s what Joy Jones was told when she was teaching a career exploration class for sixth-graders at an elementary school…Read this essay →

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The Content of Our Character–King’s Dream and Ours

“I have a dream,” declared Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he addressed a crowd of several hundred thousand gathered on the Mall around the…Read this essay →

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Rosa Parks and the Burden of History

In his massive work, A History of the American People, British historian Paul Johnson observed that American history raises some of the most fundamental questions...Read this essay →

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The Content of Our Character–King’s Dream and Ours

“I have a dream,” declared Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he addressed a crowd of several hundred thousand gathered on the Mall around the…Read this essay →

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Brown v. Board of Education at 50–Where Do We Stand?

Though the nation’s attention was riveted to the first day of same-sex marriage in the state of Massachusetts, May 17, 2004 must not be forgotten…Read this essay →

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The Content of Our Character–Forty Years After “The Speech”

“I have a dream,” declared Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he addressed a crowd of several hundred thousand gathered on the Mall around the…Read this essay →