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"The Islamic Jesus": Reflection 1

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Reflection 1: Ch. 1-3 of Mustafa Akyol's The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims   In June, I will make my fourth pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I can't wait to return to one of my favorite sites, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem...

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Tags: ebook study, mustafa akyol, the islamic jesus

"The Islamic Jesus": Introduction

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November eBook Study: The Islamic Jesus Welcome to our study of Mustafa Akyol's The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims. Our study officially begins this week. I hope the flexibility of reading at your own pace and chewing on the weekly reflections is...

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Tags: the islamic jesus, mustafa akyol, ebook study

Assisting Victims of Hurricane Harvey

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Our hearts and prayers go out to those in Texas and Southeast Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey. We South Louisiana residents certainly know how people in those devastated areas are feeling right now. We weep with them, and at the same time experience our own painful remembering of how the...

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Tags: harvey, relief, texas

Confronting Religious Violence

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Our St. Paul's Men's eBook Club just finished reading Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Rabbi Sacks served for many years as the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth in Britain. The topic is very timely as people around...

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Tags: religion, violence

"The Most Owned Least Read Book in History" Part 2

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In the last post we looked at how the Bible is important to people, yet not important enough, it seems, to engage with it regularly. Why is this? Is it because people find the Bible intimidating and hard to understand? Is it merely about time? Is it because we don't know where to begin and need...

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Tags: bible, reading

"The Most Owned, Least Read Book in History" Part 1

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Someone (I cannot recall who) once called the Bible "the most owned, least read book in history." That seems still to be the case according to this article that I ran across today.  The article reminds me of an encounter I once had with a woman. She was lecturing me because...

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Tags: bible, scripture

Covenant House and the City's Adult Live Entertainment Venues

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Over the past two years I have become more involved with supporting Covenant House on Rampart St. here in New Orleans. Covenant House helps homeless and at risk youth in our area, and they do an amazing job.  In January of this year, Covenant House representatives and supporters were...

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Tags: clubs, covenant house, quarter

Expanding our Hearts and Minds

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This week we wrapped up our four-part series "Understanding Islam." One of our participants wrote me this wonderful email: Thanks so very much for all you did to provide the 4 part Islam class opportunity. I feel so much more knowledgeable about Islam and more open regarding Muslims. It...

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Tags: bigotry, islam, racism

It's All Relative

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Are you a liberal? A conservative? The truth is it's all relative.

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Tags: conservative, liberal, relative

Reconciliation and the Confederate Monuments

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Yesterday, I had the privledge of participating in the invitation-only discussions about the confederate mouments in our city. According to NOLA.com, around 600 invitations were issued, and 115 took the mayor up on the offer. I'm extremely glad that I did because I believe having this discussion...

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Tags: monuments, new orleans, race

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