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Freedom of Religion and the Establishment Clause. What Do They Say?

May 26, 2019

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Freedom of Religion and the Establishment Clause. What do they say? The First Amendment to the Constitution reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to […]

Dancing Around Anti-Semitism

May 26, 2019

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Dancing Around Anti-Semitism The recent, and some not so recent, remarks by our two new Muslim Congresswomen, Rashida Tlaib from Michigan and Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, has raised a hullaballoo among many politicians, both Democrats and Republicans. The issue is portrayed as the Muslim desire to eradicate the state of Israel in favor of a […]

My Prayer Dogs

May 26, 2019

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My Prayer Dogs I’ve been working on a book that takes me into the world of worship over the centuries. As I studied some aspects of religious worship, I ran into items like prayer beads, rugs, rosaries, bells, crosses of all types and sizes, and other material reminders to get us into the rhythm of […]

The Christian Retreat Across Europe

January 19, 2019

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Many of you will think of “Europe” and “godless” in the same breath. The land of Hitler and Stalin tried it’s best to stamp out Judaism and Christianity as they created fascist and communist dictatorships in the twentieth century. Let’s explore this a bit, since in the four hundred year+ relationship between us and the […]

A View from the Lectern

September 16, 2018

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As a historian, I have taught across a spectrum of the Latin American and American experiences. I have also taught the history of the Christian church over the past two decades since a colleague and I inherited a similar course from Vern Grosse who taught it for many years at UA. I come at the […]

Giving Back

September 16, 2018

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A few weeks ago, the church I attend held a service day in which thousands of church members stepped out their comfort zones to help people in Alabama. The pastor of the church delivered an impassioned sermon on how service changes people. By changing people, he meant not simply the people who were served, but […]

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

September 16, 2018

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Not too long ago I started to learn this great old Negro slave spiritual in my piano lessons. As I read the notes, and (very) slowly to combine the top hand with the bottom hand (treble clef with bass clef as I also slowly learn the language of the piano), and as I worked on […]