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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.

Syria Bombing Designed to Distract

by James M. Wall After the Syria Bombing, did you have that pit-of-the-stomach feeling that you had been deceived about a military strike? I offer here a suggestion to clarify that feeling. It will not cure it, but clarity does … Continue reading

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50 Years Ago They Failed to Shut Him Down

by James M. Wall The first time I almost met Martin Luther King, Jr., would have been at his father’s Ebenezer Baptist church, in Atlanta, Georgia. I was one of three Emory University seminary students assigned to visit MLK, Sr.’s … Continue reading

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White Evangelicals Stifle Own Values For Trump

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U.S. Politicos Embrace Israel’s Big Lie, “Oy Vey”

by James M. Wall Lying to gain and keep power, is now officially the Order of the Day. The American voting public approved lying as an established form of governing, when it elevated an established liar as President in 2016. … Continue reading

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Friedman Visits and Vouches for Israel

by James M. Wall   Church of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem Lithograph by Louis Haghe from an original by David Roberts.     When New York Times’ columnist Thomas Friedman travels to the Middle East, he brings with him a … Continue reading

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Trump’s SOTU Reality Show Exposes His Dark Side

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Trump’s Racism “is a tragedy in a man and a disaster in a president

by James M, Wall Say this about President Trump: His unfettered outbursts of vulgarity show no signs of being planned. They just erupt from the man as a revelation of who he is. In the film, The Best Man, Henry … Continue reading

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The Slap That Should Be “Heard Round the World”

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That UN Vote: “How are the mighty fallen”

Thirty-five nations abstained, and 21 countries did not cast a vote. The eight countries voting with the United States were Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. Continue reading

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The President Who Stole Christmas

James M. Wall writes: Below is an email from a close friend, Laurie Salameh. She lives in Jerusalem with her  husband Estephan, and their three children. I asked Laurie for permission to share her email, which she had circulated to friends. She … Continue reading

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