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The Purpose Filled Wedding

Recently, I went to a fabulous wedding, truly one of the best ones ever. Like all Christ-centered weddings, it was filled with praise and worship, scripture, and the deep symbolism that facilitates the embedding of Truth into our hearts. I cried. I always do. It was beautiful and joyous, and a reminder of the love… Read more »

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Where We Go From Here

Seeking justice without worship leaves us attending to the second greatest commandment by bypassing the first. This pathway risks the unveiling of a new kind of legalism in our hearts. This new legalism is expressed in a ruthless pursuit of justice that stems from a heart that has not itself been examined for its own… Read more »

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Are You Communicating about Social Justice too Harshly?

Individuals and organizations raising awareness about social justice issues may adopt one of two different approaches: harsh or gentle. One website may jar the senses with black and red block lettering then drive readers to tears with their emotive descriptions; their speakers might pound podiums and flash graphic images on power point slides. They believe… Read more »

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Vote Early, Vote Often

Election season is upon us. Personally, I know I have found my blood pressure rising as I scroll through new articles and social media posts. There is much to be gained and much to be lost as we elect the leaders of our nation, state, and local communities. Often we get bogged down in the… Read more »

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Living Passionately with Boundaries

  In Father of The Bride (1991), George Banks (played by Steve Martin) is talking with his daughter’s ex-fiancé following a dramatic break-up scene. George is trying to smooth things over when he says, “Annie’s a very passionate person. And passionate people tend to overreact at times.” He is using the word “passionate” as a… Read more »

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Spoken Word- Human Sex Trafficking

Over the past four years, my heart has been broken for the victims of the human sex trade. Within this time, I’ve decided to join the anti-trafficking movement and have made the decision to become a proponent of ending the sex trade, when I’m older. For now, since I’m too young to work with the… Read more »

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Encourager: Trade of Hope in Haiti

I’m pretty sure I could write enough about my sudden trip to Haiti to fill up the entire Encourager and it still would not do the experience justice. And yet, I can encompass the experience with one word: Beautiful. My application essay began, “I have seen enough poverty to last a lifetime, and I’m not… Read more »

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Mercy Ships

My daughter was probably about 7 or 8 when she first saw a picture of child with a cleft lip and palate. It was an advertisement in a magazine for a charitable organization that was raising funds to provide needed surgery for children in developing nations. Over the course of several weeks, my daughter kept… Read more »

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Drag Queen Evangelist

This piece was originally published on July 22, 2014, and is being reprinted with permission.  Recently a group of Christians armed with hate gathered at a gay pride parade in Seattle with intent to protest the gay community. Their motives were quickly exposed, and a drag queen named Mama Tits was recorded confronting their hypocrisy. I do… Read more »