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“I Once Was Blind . . . But Now I See”

by James M. Wall In a scene from the 2006 movie, Amazing Grace, set during the lifetime (1759 - 1833) of William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd, right), Wilberforce presents his anti-slave trade bill to the  British Parliament. It is a task he performs … Continue reading

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Israel Plans a “Doomsday Settlement” for E1

by James M. Wall Israel’s response to the United Nations’ overwhelming vote to admit Palestine to the UN was easily predictable. Israel had been waiting for just this moment to announce it would build a settlement in Area E1 (East … Continue reading

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Israel Goes to War Using Anti-BDS Warriors and Smiling Tourists

by James M. Wall Coming soon to your US tourist sites and church conferences: Israel’s two new campaign armies: Anti-BDS Warriors and Smiling Tourists. Israel wants you to forget about the grief and suffering that continues in Gaza. They are telling … Continue reading

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“Heute Morgen ist Ron Holloway Gestorben” 1933-2009

by James M. Wall   The email brought the sad news: “Heute morgen ist Ron Holloway gestorben”. Even without my limited grad school German, the news was clear, “Ron Holloway died this morning”. Ron, friend to all, mentor and teacher … Continue reading

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Leipzig 10/9/89: The Day Prayers and Candles Ended an Occupation

By James M. Wall Twenty years ago, October 9, 1989, East German citizens marched to a prayer service at Leipzig’s St. Nicholas (Lutheran) Church. In a ritual they had repeated many nights before, they marched  to the church holding lighted … Continue reading

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Ron Holloway Finds “Political Movies” at the 2009 Berlin Festival

By James M. Wall Ron Holloway was one of my earliest mentors in relating film to religion.  We met during the 1960s, the peak era for art movies when European imports were arriving in the US from directors like Ingmar … Continue reading

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