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About wallwritings

From 1972 through 1999, James M. Wall was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, lllinois. He was a Contributing Editor of the Century from 1999 until July, 2017. He has written this blog, wall writings.me, since it was launched April 27, 2008. If you would like to receive Wall Writings alerts when new postings are added to this site, send a note, saying, Please Add Me, to jameswall8@gmail.com Biography: Journalism was Jim's undergraduate college major at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He has earned two MA degrees, one from Emory, and one from the University of Chicago, both in religion. He is an ordained United Methodist clergy person. He served for two years in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF reserve. While serving on active duty with the Alaskan Command, he reached the rank of first lieutenant. He has worked as a sports writer for both the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, was editor of the United Methodist magazine, Christian Advocate for ten years, and editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine for 27 years.

One Final Perilous Journey For Gertrude Bell

by James M. Wall The film, Queen of the Desert, begins with a distant image of a small group of travelers moving across a vast desert. Two sentences flash across the screen, setting the stage for what is to follow: … Continue reading

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October Arrives With Martin Luther at 500

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Two Speeches at Fulton, 71 Years Apart

by James M. Wall Bernie Sanders went to Westminster College, in Fulton, Missouri, Thursday, and delivered a policy speech in the same academic setting that brought former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, to Fulton, 71 years ago, March 5, 1946. … Continue reading

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Israel Lobbies Shaping Illinois Governor’s Race

next to last paragraph: “crammed full with Israeli bone fides.” — not sure, but shouldn’t that be bona fides?

Brilliant to compare Israeli election meddling with Russian meddling.
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MLK Jr. Wrote From Jail: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

by James M. Wall Another day, another Donald Trump tweet. This one came Thursday, August 17, a few hours after a van plowed into a crowd on the Barcelona pedestrian mall of Las Ramblas, Spain. The Islamic state claimed credit … Continue reading

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Phoenix Mayor to Trump: Cancel Your Rally

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Slavery Did Not Die; It Still Peddles Its Evil

by James M. Wall The Professor asks”: “What could be worse than the soul-shredding evil of racism during the era of human bondage?” This question is posed by a professor of African and Middle East History at the University of … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter Warned of Trumpism in 1979

by James M. Wall Last week brought more ill-informed, mean-spirited acts from our current President.  Before reviewing some of those acts, pause with me for a moment to give thanks for Jimmy Carter. Here is just the latest reason to … Continue reading

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Two Palestinian Schoolmates Seek Unity in Cairo

by James M. Wall A power-sharing Gaza leadership agreement involving two Palestinian childhood friends, Yahya Sinwar (left) and Mohammed Dahlan (right, below) may be “slowly taking shape”. What led to the reunion of Sinwar and Dahlan is an intriguing story that involves … Continue reading

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The Long Fight Against TV and Movie “Bad Arabs”

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