The Beautiful Oxymoron of the Gospel

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This week, a number of prominent evangelic Christian leaders released a signed statement of faith that addressed their beliefs on the role of social justice and the church. The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel was signed most notably by John MacArthur, but has now been signed by over 6,000 additional men, women, and religious… Read more »

Love Does: A Review (the book and the organization)

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The name Bob Goff came up so frequently in the past year or so I had to check him out. I didn’t know much about him, just a mention of him by other authors, a forward in a book, or someone mentioned reading Love Does. Hearing he had a new book coming out, I made… Read more »

The Taste of Hope After the Long Journey

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  Quietly and with only the barest of necessities, a family leaves the only home they have known. They are fearful of being apprehended by authorities, so they travel at night. Moving from safe house to safe house, organized by a system of compassionate local heroes, these people sleep during the day in preparation for… Read more »

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 »

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  • 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 »

  • The Farm

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    Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. –Wendell Berry, from “A Standing Ground” The sun woke me each morning of the summer whether I liked it or not, streaming through the burlap curtains of the barn’s bunkroom.  Careful to dodge the mice dainties that the… Read more »

  • God’s Provision Through Essential Oils

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    God created plants and the essential oils within them. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.’ And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation:… Read more »

  • An Open Letter to Mental Health Professionals Who Work With Teenagers: 7 things you ought to know

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    March 2016 Dear Mental Health Professionals, 1: I appreciate all you are doing to help us: Thank you! I want to thank you for the work you do. Every day you face struggling adolescents with a vast array of issues and needs. When you go to work you may very well be saving lives, but… Read more »

  • ChoiceOne: Pregnancy + Sexual Health Resource Centers

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      There are three things You Need To Know About 
Unplanned Pregnancies: 
 Unplanned pregnancies are never unplanned Unplanned pregnancies are 
NOT about sex!  Courageous young woman who choose life are often held captive to a life of poverty! 
Unplanned Pregnancy is NOT a political issue; it is spiritual, and how Christians respond to the… Read more »

  • A Family’s Greatest Fear: Isaac and Harriet share their story

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      Isaac was 7 years old when his father died from AIDS. He remembers sitting, quietly, with his six brothers and sisters. His father’s body was there, growing cold, awaiting a proper African burial. But when Isaac’s relatives showed up, they weren’t there to plan a peaceful funeral. “The day my father died, when his… Read more »

  • Simply Fair

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    The African sun was shining brightly as we drove along a dusty road in a remote area of Botswana.  I was on safari with my husband and our guide was taking us to a village nestled deep in the bush.  As we came up to the village, the first thing that grabbed my attention was… Read more »

  • Sexual Violence: An Oxymoron

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    “So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man… Read more »