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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  • Heart Mender: Throw a Party. Save a Life

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    Preemptive Love is an organization I fell in love with several months back. As the world began watching in horror at the atrocities of ISIS upon people throughout the Middle East, this organization was going about their work of healing hearts and building community. Today they continue with that work as well as providing aid to refugees… Read more »

  • Men

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    “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in Heaven” (Matthew 10:32, ESV). In the 1920s and 30s, Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis gave researchers a paradigm with which to conduct future studies concerning personality. Then Erik Erikson revolutionized personality research in the 1960s and expanded on the concept… Read more »

  • Drag Queen Evangelist

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    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 »

  • Time To Change The Way The Game Is Played

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    In this day and age, there is much discussion about changing the way the “game” is played – specifically when it comes to intense contact sports. The long term seriousness of repeated concussion injuries is at the forefront of the chatter. And now, a cinematic display of how this controversial topic’s journey has been accepted… Read more »

  • Prohibition & Prostitution: Where modern day slavery becomes bipartisan

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    Although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it, by being a slave himself. -Abraham Lincoln One reason the modern abolitionist movement has not been more effective is due to the diverse politics of prostitution and forced… Read more »

  • Linking Childhood Sexual Abuse to Sex Trafficking

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    Most people reading this article already know about and maybe even advocate for victims of sex trafficking. But many readers do not know about its correlation to childhood sexual abuse. Indeed, no other factor increases a girl or boy’s vulnerability to trafficking more than the memory of such abuse. [1] According to a report by the… Read more »

  • Delayed Gratification

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      You know those crime statistics; the ones that tell how many seconds lapse between murders, assaults, or thefts? Something our logic rarely factors into those statistics is that they are simply a breakdown of a numbers of crimes in a given period divided by the amount of time in that period. So, if 10,000… Read more »

  • Slavery isn’t dead. Do something about it.

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    This piece was originally published on January 11, 2013 and is being reprinted with permission. My kids haven’t a clue about slavery. They read the words in the Bible, but apart from Joseph, they don’t get it. They learn about the Civil War, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, but the schools (even we as parents) dilute… Read more »

  • We’re Just Getting Started

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    “We’re just getting started” is how an official at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) recently characterized our collaborative effort to combat human trafficking and care for survivors. End Slavery Tennessee cared for 75 survivors in 2015, almost double the previous year. Our state’s laws have progressed from mediocre to top-of-the-nation in a few short years…. Read more »

  • The Agnostic, Christian and Porn Star

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    This article originally posted November 11. 2104,  is being reprinted with permission. What does an Agnostic, Christian and Porn Star have in common? All three were at the Exxxotica Porn Convention this past weekend. We each attended for our own reasons, but our choices brought us together at one of the largest sex conventions in America…. Read more »