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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    The news has been filled with images of Syrian refugees fleeing their homeland and arriving on the shores of Europe. But what about the millions of other refugees around the world primarily in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa?  What are their stories and where are they from?   Photo credit: Afghan Refugees, living on the… Read more »

  • Intentional Generosity: One Local Church Sews Dresses for Syrian Refugees

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    Too often we grow overwhelmed with the problems around us, don’t we? The issues and obstacles seem too huge for us to make significant impact, if any at all. We know something needs to be done. Our hearts ache to help, but we don’t know where to start.   Lysa TerKeurst talks about this a… Read more »

  • A Journey of a Thousand Miles

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      “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Laozi, Chinese philosopher Seeking refuge requires as much courage as finding refuge and sustaining it. The first step is acknowledging that it is no longer safe to stay in a defined place. This awareness begins a long arduous journey of immense bravery. It… Read more »

  • Preemptive Love Coalition

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    Preemptive Love Coalition’s mission is a global movement of peacemakers changing the way the world engages polarizing conflict by confronting fear with acts of love.   Our core values, or the way we accomplish our mission, falls into three different categories. Love Anyway: Yes, we all have our own politics. Yes, we have our own… Read more »

  • For Such a Time as This

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    Twenty years ago, I sat in a church and watched a slideshow from a missionary serving in Bosnia. This was long before built-in screens and animated PowerPoint presentations. Grainy images projected on a shaky tripod as he talked about war, families torn apart, hungry children, and scars on hearts and villages. There must have been… Read more »

  • Hope for Women in the Middle East

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    Hope isn’t always a word we associate with life for women in the Middle East.  Add a turbulent environment with the underlying belief that women are second class citizens, and you can see how a bad situation becomes worse.  In my recent trip to the Middle East, I spoke with leaders there who are working… Read more »

  • Twelve Years a Refugee

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    Like many of you, I am still learning about the refugee crisis. These past months I have been reading news articles and commentaries on the causes, issues, and concerns surrounding not only the Syrian refugees, but refugees all around the world. I have spoken with people in the US who work with refugees who are… Read more »

  • MITIGATING DEATH AND INSPIRING ACTION AT THE WORLD’S DEADLIEST BORDER: MOAS SAVES 10,000 LIVES DURING ITS FIRST YEAR

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    The following post was written by MOAS and appears on their website. It is being reprinted with permission.  Since launching exactly a year ago, Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) has significantly contributed to saving lives during one of the worst maritime refugee crises the world has ever seen while inspiring others to take action. More than… Read more »

  • The Ethical Shopping Guide

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    Yesterday the season of Advent began. For many of us, the day passed with little, if any, recognition.  Maybe a prayer was said or a candle lit. We are busy and we don’t have time to stop. Our to-do list never ends. We still have all the cleaning, the cooking, and the shopping in order… Read more »

  • Thanksgiving and the Giving Up in Thanks

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    Today is Thanksgiving. We will spend this holiday counting our many blessings and thanking the Giver of all good gifts. This is right and proper. In the Old Testament, God laid out numerous feast days, outlined in Leviticus 23. It seems comical to me that the Israelites were commanded to keep a calendar of special… Read more »