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What Michelle Obama Was REALLY Thinking

All this speculation about Michelle Obama's angry expression is ridiculous, because I happen to know – based on my own close and intimate non-friendship with Mrs. Obama, whom I have never met -- exactly what she was thinking.

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The Advent Spirit

When someone dies during the Christmas holidays it can feel like a cruel joke. Unlike a blithe Christmas spirit, an Advent spirit does not avoid death and sadness. It embraces death head on.

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10 Christians to Follow on Twitter

A big part of why I love Twitter is the real-time exposure it gives me to interesting people, including writers whose work I have enjoyed. Here are ten Christian writers who have offered me something marvelous or cool or significant or funny in Birdland.

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Get Your Zen On

My college classmate Ji Hyang Padma, now a Zen leader, walks beginners through the first steps of meditation practice in "Living the Season."

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This week's Mormon news & commentary

While the predatory sexual behavior of this bishop occurred in his home and car, and not in the church building, Mormon cultural practice certainly paved the way for him to have time alone with his victims. Our controversial practice of sending teenagers alone into a room with a bishop for an “interview” that can include questions about sexual behavior gives teens the message that they are not fully in charge of their bodies. Moreover, our religion’s emphasis on obeying those in authority leaves little room to resist when leaders abuse their trust.