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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, 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 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.

WW Film of the Week: The Best of Enemies

By James M. Wall A reader suggested a film for reflection as racial tensions rise in the present moment. I had earlier written the following review. The Best of Enemies Based on a true series of events in Durham, North … Continue reading

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Churches’ Role In Forming the Movie Ratings System, Plus Violence Within Our Land

By James M. Wall In search of movies to recommend during this self-isolation period, I found a Wall Writings posting that discusses two movies. (Note: parential discretion essential) The films are two of my favorites, Nashville and The Apostle. It … Continue reading

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Revising Gertrude Bell’s Final Journey

by James M. Wall This posting intially came on line  in 2017. I am reposting it now to introduce  another audience to Gertrude Bell. Forces opposed to the reality of the history of the region continue to hide Gertrude Bell, … Continue reading

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“Lift Every Voice”

by James M. Wall An earlier Wall Writings posting, entitled, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, came to mind this rainy May afternoon as I pondered what to share with readers this week during our ongoing period of face masks and … Continue reading

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“The Straight Story”: A Film For Now

by James M. Wall A few years back, Phillip Lee, editor of Media Development, a World Association of Christian Communications (WACC) publication, interviewed me. During this time of self-isolation, I thought it was appropriate to share it.  Phillip Lee: My … Continue reading

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Zionist Attacks Continue on Director Ken Loach

by James M. Wall Israeli politics shine no light on the darkness of oppression. Take the career 0f Ken Loach, a film director who exposes injustice on and off screen. He has long been a constant warrior against Zionist oppression … Continue reading

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The Word That Says It All

by James M. Wall I took a three-month break from blogging. When I reported back to duty, I found the word that says it all. It is “puerile”, which is fully explained on Word Genius, which you may access by … Continue reading

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Love, Not Hate, Must Follow the Amens

by James M. Wall Works of film art endure when the underlying intent remain the same. One segment in John Ford’s film, The Searchers, reminds us that revenge is not a morsel best eaten when cold, but a morsel best … Continue reading

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2020 Choice: “In Your Face” or “Weasel Words”

Posted on July 7, 2019 by wallwritings by James M. Wall On Sunday, June 16, leaders of the nationalist bromance between Israel and the Trump government took one small step for tyranny and one huge step for “in your face” diplomacy. In … Continue reading Continue reading

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Samia Khoury and Trump’s Deal of the Century

By James M. Wall Samia Khoury has been my friend since before the first Intifada. My first of 20 trips to Palestine and Israel, always as a journalist, was in 1973.  All too slowly, since that first trip, I grew … Continue reading

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