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David A. Davis

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The Sinful Irony of the Prison Industrial Complex

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 11:06 AM

Those with "ears to hear" as Jesus would have said, have been hearing for years now about the reduction and the elimination of programs, services, and educational opportunities within the prison system. Centurion Ministries, based in Princeton, New Jersey has been working to free the wrongly imprisoned for 30 years....

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Remembering a Woman Who Said 'No!'

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 6:12 PM

There's nothing men want to forget more than a strong woman who said "no." So few will remember the name Vashti. But when her husband asked her to parade in all of her glory in front of a party full of his drunken friends, she refused. Vashti -- that's Queen...

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The Rapture Effect: Finding the Church's Voice When It Really Matters

(12) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 9:00 PM

My family and I were at a birthday barbeque last night with several other families celebrating a 17th birthday party for one of the boys. Guess what we talked about most over dinner? My clergy spouse and I found ourselves defining the word "rapture" at an interfaith table. Yes, the...

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A Different Palm Sunday Shout

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2011 | 6:12 PM

It's time for the Palm Sunday shout! Palm branches in the air, familiar hymns to sing, bible readings we've heard before. The congregation cries out "Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!" We shout out "Lord save us!" Save is what hosanna means. Come save us! It is a Palm Sunday shout...

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The Uncomfortable Individualism of Lent

(16) Comments | Posted March 19, 2011 | 8:20 PM

For the Christian, Lent can be like hitting the refresh button on your computer screen. While the life of faith demands daily examination and commitment, the penitential season provides for a fresh start in terms of confession, forgiveness, prayer, spiritual reflection and daily discipleship. Some practice the discipline of "giving...

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Why 'Homage'? The Story of Epiphany

(2) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 7:42 PM

What's with the "homage"? In biblical account of the Wise Men traveling to see the Child Jesus; they come to pay him homage. King Herod, so threatened by any word of a messiah tries to trick the Magi by telling them to go and search diligently so that he too,...

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