Monthly Archives: January 2016

Discerning “Signs of the Times” in Iowa and Israel

by James M. Wall Jesus told his disciples they must learn to “discern the signs of the times” (Matthew 16:3). In the Iowa caucuses, Monday, February 1, voters will offer their secular versions of political signs for the future when they select two potential presidential … Continue reading

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Time To “Keep Singing” to UMC Church Leaders

by James M. Wall On October 10, 2010, I gave a talk to a small group  at a United Methodist Church in Naperville, IL, a city in the western suburbs of Chicago. In the talk I referenced the film, Grapes … Continue reading

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United Methodists Target Guilty Banks, Not Israel

by James M. Wall The $20.9-billion Pension and Health Benefits Fund of the United Methodist Church has placed Israel’s five largest banks off limits for investment, placing them on what The New York Times terms the church’s “black list”. The denomination’s … Continue reading

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Duma Murders Expose Israel’s “Mindless Violence”

By James M. Wall Duma is a Palestinian town 25 kilometers southeast of Nablus in Northern Palestine. It is an old town, surrounded by olive trees (above). Pottery sherds from the Hellenistic and Roman eras have been found. Southwest of the village is … Continue reading Continue reading

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