Forced From Home

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It was a chilly day 3 months ago. I had a warm coat, but the wind occasionally kicked up, making me wish I had one more layer on. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but I was ushered into a fenced off area and told, “You have 30 seconds to decide what you’re taking…. Read more »

Do We Have to Understand Before We Intercede?

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  I must admit that there is a great deal that I do not understand about the civil war in Syria. I don’t understand what grievances the Syrian people had that led to this war, or for that matter what exactly set off the entire Arab Spring. I don’t understand why the US supports the… Read more »

The Purpose Filled Wedding

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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 »

October in All Its Glory

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I woke up on Saturday with the shocking realization that it was already halfway through October. As a teacher and parent, September is a vast wasteland of trying to reconnect with my many roles as a working mother. Between the half dozen back to school events scattered throughout the month of September, packing lunches, wearing… Read more »

Where We Go From Here

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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 »

A Mile Wide: A book review (or sort of)

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Thirty years ago, I gave my life to Jesus. I was just 13 years old. Growing up in a Christian home, I had attended church and Sunday school, VBS, and sang in the choir. I had believed in Jesus my entire life, and I had faithfully done all that Christians were suppose to do. Then,… Read more »

Inclusion in the Church Age

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The entire story of the Bible, for all nations and all people, heads toward an invitation to inclusion, not exclusion. – Sara Gaston Barton Separation         We don’t know how long it took for paradise to be ruined, but it happened with a single incident.  Between “It was very good” and “The Lord God banished… Read more »

Restoring Hearts Ministries of Trenton

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Restoring Hearts Ministries  of Trenton is in the business of bringing hope to the hopeless by shining the light of Jesus Christ into the darkness through evangelism and relationship-building. As Christians we have been called to love, which Restoring Hearts does through service to the least of these.  As servants of Christ we go where… Read more »

Face Forward

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“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”  Luke 22:31 – 32 The heavy sound of old rusty metal scraped along the ground as the gate opened. The high tone of intersecting… Read more »

Truly Flawless

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  Music can speak volumes to our souls. Particularly, if you’re like me, that can happen a lot. But sometimes there’s just one line that a song needs or that it has that doesn’t apply to your life. One of the reasons I love the MercyMe song “Flawless” is that it covers all the bases…. Read more »

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  • Jesus as Holy Disruption: Part 3 in a 3 part series

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    Part 3: So how can we today be a Holy Disruption? We need to be creative, but here are a few starter suggestions.   Self-Education, Hearing Oppressed Groups, Engaging in Hard Honest Dialogue and Taking a Visible Stand:   This is especially important for those with privilege, who can easily opt out with little thought… Read more »

  • Jesus as Holy Disruption: part 2 in a 3 part series

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    Part 2 Before we get into the meat of things, I think we have to define “Holy Disruption.” For most things, especially anti-racism and anti-oppression work, using the dictionary definition of a term is generally a bad idea. Most dictionaries were written by white powerful men and many times racism, sexism, and other nasty -isms… Read more »

  • Jesus as Holy Disruption: part 1 in a 3 part series

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    Part 1  The last few years have been particularly transformative for me both spiritually and socially as I’ve become more engaged in local anti-oppression movements. My understanding of Jesus and the power of the gospel has also strengthened and evolved. I’ve come to understand Christ as the ultimate embodiment of holy disruption and it I… Read more »

  • The Other: Our desire to separate

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    I am a reader. I don’t mean that each year I can check a large number of books off my laundry list of literary titles, but rather that I deeply connect with what I read. Words are deeply powerful. It is with words that God spoke the very world into existence. The right combination of… Read more »

  • Defining White Privilege

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    This article, originally published on June 18, 2015 on http://tanyadennisbooks.com  is being reposted with permission. Having been raised below the poverty line by a single mom, I often eschew the concept of “white privilege.” It’s not that I deny it exists; I just haven’t seen much of it in my life. My childhood was not… Read more »

  • 3 Ways to Have a More Sustainable Wardrobe Without Buying a Thing

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    When was the last time you tried on three different outfits to make sure your clothes looked just right?  If you’re anything like me, it was within the last week…   But, when was the last time you thought about how your clothes were made?  Or considered the environmental impact of your closet jam packed full… Read more »

  • Earth Day is Over- What Now?

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    #PrayForCalifornia “If human beings are the ‘priesthood of creation,’ then we have a duty to pray for the whole earth, not just our fellow human beings.   `- The Rt Revd Martin Wharton, Bishop of Newcastle April 22nd. It came and went just like any other day. Did you remember that April 22nd has special… Read more »

  • Honeybees: Miracle Makers

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    A few years back I learned that honey was just as effective as cough syrup. Its antibacterial properties might even help cure some bacteria-induced ailments. Personally, I thought this was one of the best things that I had ever heard. I could take a spoonful of honey instead of nasty tasting medicine. My kids? Oh,… Read more »

  • Mommas Care for Many Needs, But Who Cares for the Mommas?

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    My friend, Sue exemplifies the godly advice to “love the people in front of you.” Every week, she hosts a playgroup for over seven mommas and their toddlers. Sue meets an often unspoken but critical need for moms of littles: fellowship and rest. Fellowship: Women need fellowship. Talking actually makes us happier. But for many moms in the babies… Read more »

  • Sustainable Agriculture: A photo journal

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    When I was in South Africa through Youth With a Mission (YWAM), my team and I went to one township where the people had basically nothing.   They lived in shacks and had garbage and glass all over the area. They had no birth certificates or any documents so they couldn’t get a job; the… Read more »