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Save the Date

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Save the date. On May 21, 2011, my brother is getting married. Or Christ will return to the earth to pronounce final judgment. It depends on whom you ask. According to my brother and his lovely bride-to-be, it will be the former, according to radio evangelist Harold Camping, the latter… . Continue Reading »

Of City Councils and Clerics

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In his On the Square column this morning, Russel Saltzman recounts his experience as south ward alderman in a small town as he questions the role of clerics in public life: But it might have pitted pastor against parishioners on an issue of some civic consequence, and that raises larger questions . . . . Continue Reading »

Jesus of Nazareth

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This morning On the Square we have Pope Benedict XVI reflecting on the betrayal of Jesus, the Last Supper, and Jesus before Pilate. These excerpts are taken from Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection available March 10. . . . . Continue Reading »

The Reality of Abortion

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In our second On the Square today, Samantha Ranieri reviews Abby Johnson’s Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line . Comparing Johnson’s experience to her own experience as a crisis pregnancy counselor, . . . . Continue Reading »

Remember You Are Dust

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In his On the Square column this morning, Russell Saltzman reflects on the myriad ways death drifts into our lives, imposed on us like ashes: Death intrusively imposes itself upon us, sometimes in the oddest ways, with aged gerbils and sheep disappearing down the road and boats a man will never . . . . Continue Reading »

A Religion Made to Travel

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In our second On the Square essay today, Dale Coulter of Regent University identifies the cluster of ideas that help to define Pentecostal spirituality and have made it “a religion made to travel, cosmopolitan both in its scope and outlook.” . . . . Continue Reading »

The Pastoral Life

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This morning On the Square Russell Saltzman reflects fondly on the time he spent at his first parish where he learned when it is and when it most certainly is not appropriate to where Bermuda shorts, the length of a country mile, and much more: I think of my first call—Shangri-La Lutheran, . . . . Continue Reading »

Happy Birthday Newman

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In honor of John Henry Newman’s 200th birthday today government offices are closed, many of us have the day off, and Fr. Juan Vélez reflects in our second  On the Square essay on what Newman can teach “the average person striving to live a Christian life in a secular . . . . Continue Reading »

The Fruits of Public Discourse

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This morning On the Square Micah Watson offers commentary on a debate carried out over the past few months on the pages of Public Discourse between Hadley Arkes and Matthew O’Brien. The discourse began with O’Brien’s review of Arkes’ recently published Constitutional . . . . Continue Reading »

Lessons at a Funeral

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Marriage. Marriage is not what brings us together today. No, today On the Square Russell Saltzman explains how to preach a funeral: I persist in this notion, an intuition if you like, that the life of every Christian tells us something about how the gospel gets lived, how ordinary Christians with . . . . Continue Reading »