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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  • What is Female Cutting or FGM?

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    In America, we are neck deep in political campaigning. Men and women are debating the best approach to a variety of issues. There is so much discussion because the issues are complicated and often deeply entrenched in American culture and history. Millions of armchair politicians weigh in on the issues with an “all you have… Read more »

  • Why are women dying during childbirth?

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    “Would the world stand by if it were men who were dying just for completing their reproductive functions?” Asha-Rose Migrio, UN Deputy Secretary General, 2007 Girls, let’s face it. We are dreamers AND planners. We have a board of wedding venues on Pinterest. At one time or another we may have made a list about… Read more »

  • #WomenNotObjects. Does Sensual Marketing Fuel Sex Trafficking?

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    The now viral #WomenNotObjects video highlighting ads that objectify women was posted on January 11- that’s Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Coincidence? Probably. But a link between sexual advertising and sex trafficking is hard to deny. The video’s creator, Madonna Badger, is a executive at Badger & Winters, an advertising agency that has committed to never objectify women in its… Read more »

  • Children and HIV

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    When HIV and AIDS first came into the public eye in the 1980’s, it was a disease that carried a great deal of fear and stigma. In the United Sates, the disease, attributed primarily to promiscuous gay sex and intravenous drug use, was even considered a punishment for immoral behavior and possibly even the wrath… Read more »

  • The Frightening Fate of Albinos in East Africa

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    I want you to imagine that you possess something incredibly valuable. It’s very rare, so many people want what you have. They want it so badly that they are willing to maim or even kill you in order to get it. You’d probably want to lock it up and protect it. Put is somewhere safe… Read more »

  • Acid Attacks: Making Gender Violence Visible

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    I have tried to start writing this piece so many times I’ve lost count. This is new for me. Most of the time if I’m trying to make sense of something words are my “go to,” my standard mode of processing. And yet, here I am stuttering and stammering and starting over again and again,… Read more »

  • Leaps of Faith

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    To the delight of a mother’s heart, her baby boy is born and placed on her chest. Though, to the devastation of her dreams, her son is born with a debilitating condition. Unless medical intervention is administered in his early development, he will never walk, jump or run. But such expert support is oceans away…. Read more »

  • Free Wheelchair Mission

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    I am sure the world would be a better place if we all had empathy for everyone all the time, but life would be exhausting if we did. While I believe we can increase in our ability to empathize with others, the reality is that we have limited resources when it comes to the amount… Read more »

  • Mercy Ships

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    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 »

  • Absenteeism: One person’s choice is another person’s reality

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    Admit it. You were in high school once, with THAT teacher. You definitely thought about it. The brave amongst us did it: they played hooky. They ditched school. For no reason. This is often celebrated as a “rite of passage” for most budding young adults. My high school even had a day set aside where… Read more »