Bodily Desecration Is Disturbing ”but Why?

(RNS) The recent outrage over a video allegedly showing U.S. Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters provided Americans with a disturbing reminder that war can reduce men to revenge-seeking brutality that defies human norms. It’s nothing new: the desecration...

Judge Refuses to Free Leader of Amish Beard-cutting Sect

CLEVELAND (RNS) A federal judge Wednesday (Jan. 11) refused to release the leader of an Amish splinter sect from jail on charges he orchestrated the cutting of beards of Amish men over longstanding religious disagreements. Samuel Mullet Sr. and 11 others pleaded not...

The Other Way

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor , Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., onSeptember 11, 2011                        Psalm 119:33-40; Matthew 5:38-48 On this day of commemoration of the events that occurred ten years ago – can you believe it’s...

After 9/11, Our Unity Morphed into Rage

Carol and I left New York City on Sept. 2, 2001, after seeing “The Music Man” the night before on Broadway. Nothing could have prepared us for what lay ahead. “The Music Man” is about as American and apple pie as any show can be. It portrays...

Let’s Surprise Them

Sermon delivered by Bob Browning, pastor of Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, G.A., on January 10 2010. Matthew 3:13-17             “Let’s surprise them with compassion, restraint and generosity.” This was my favorite line from the movie, Invictus, which...