These states, with their history of hatred and discrimination, have the audacity to say they are disciples of Jesus and practice the principles of the Bible.
While some scholars question James' being the author of the epistle bearing his name in the New Testament, those five chapters associated with the brother of the Lord offer a rich sense of Jewish wisdom as how to make sense of suffering, how to walk in faith, and how to care for the poor.
I don't know if the world is ready for our country to cease to resemble a mid-twentieth-century sepia-toned postcard. Will it accept that we no longer appear as a country of "beautiful" ruins?
Perhaps he was a bit of both. Clearly, his primary association among the canonical Gospels is that of being a traitor, although the "handing over" of Jesus to the authorities is not necessarily to be rendered as a "betrayal" in the Greek.
In the second episode of Finding Jesus, the focus is on John the Baptist. That being the case, this episode might be termed: Finding John the Baptist (okay, and Jesus too). And, within the quest for Jesus, learning all one can about John the Baptist is a fine place to begin.
Foreign cultures go back centuries, evident not only from ancient castles on hilltops but from the attitudes inculcated in populations by tradition, attitudes toward family, friends, classmates, local leaders and central governments. A foreign correspondent is always an outsider, but often a welcome onlooker.
I've made it my mission to seek out opinionated, strong, and intelligent women who are willing to honestly discuss their struggles in gaining respect and understanding with their words.
While the Shroud of Turin will be of little help in the finding of Jesus, personally or historically, the CNN documentary and the book behind it remind us of the problem of Jesus' being relatively lost to recent modern audiences.
I don't know about you, but I'm really feeling sorry for NBC's Brian Williams. If you are a serious news addict, and consequently crave history, you should know that Brian Williams and his ilk are, in the traditional sense, actors rather than scribes.
We are very much involved in a global culture war in which the stakes are our children and young adults, who are key to continuing a peaceful or violent world; we, the media and parents can strongly influence how they respond to propaganda.
I'm continuously fascinated and puzzled by the public's zealous anger over situations that amount to nothing. Everything is not the end of the world. Do you know what is the end of the world? Zealous anger. This is what leads to road rage and spousal abuse and ISIS.
No, I don't live in New York; I'm not competing for press; I'm not trying to be the most liked or endorsed. Sure, I still have moments of frustration, but I'm focused on me. And I can honestly say I've never felt more comfortable in my skin.
How could the sight of masked ISIS soldiers looking on while their captive is burned alive in a cage be looked at as positive propaganda?
Both IFJ and UNESCO have been quite active in promoting the topic and have published guidebooks on how journalists can protect themselves in various scenarios that spell trouble. It's the belief that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
The second wave of media is here, and it is here to be our cyber public forum. We can read, watch, or listen to news pieces and then comment on and share them in a vocal way, making us all better-informed global citizens who can, in turn, choose to act.
The truth is that the online audience Obama was able to speak to trust Bethany Mota, Glozell Green, and Hank Green. They do not trust mainstream journalists. But for the mainstream media, rather than taking a look in the mirror, it is much easier to continue with what has become tiresome and played-out Obama bashing.