Month: January 2017

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Preserving Power or Loving Muslim Neighbors?

I was at a missions conference a few years ago, sitting in the front row of a large megachurch. Surrounded by people who were mission nerds made me happy. I would have thrived in the 1950s and 60s, when churches…

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In the Call for Justice, We Can Be Watch Dogs 2

Playing the open-world hacker game Watch Dogs 2 is an odd experience.   Not that I haven’t enjoyed it. On the contrary, I love, love, love playing this game. It’s my kind of game: an open-world title set in a…

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#Blessed: Jesuses and the Rich Young Ruler

In the winter months I find myself on the couch, dreaming of our next renovation project. While I scroll through social media sites and pin new window treatments, I feel my heart sink against the discord in our nation, the…

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The Ways God’s People Vote

I was in high school when the 2000 presidential election came down to the hanging chads in Florida. My dad and I hang on every word the 24-hour news cycle gives us. While I was writing about boys and dreams…

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My Deaf Uncle and the Tall Girl

When I was six years old, my family and I visited my uncle and aunt at their home in New Hampshire. We’d taken a road trip to New England, and it was October, so the trees were turning and the…

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Selma: Examining Our Role in Justice

One of the smallest and most affecting scenes in 2014’s Selma occurs in the hallway of a morgue. Cager Lee stands beside a window examining the body of his grandson, Jimmie Lee Jackson, whom an Alabama state trooper beat and…

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Silence and My Own Missionary Failure

The silence of God is too often ignored in missionary stories we tell in America. In fact, one of the only places I heard about it was in the book “Silence,” which I read in my twenties, trying to come…

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Love from Behind a Gate

I heard the familiar clinking against the metal gate at the end of our driveway. Peering through the window, I saw her standing on the sidewalk. Waiting.   She came fairly often — maybe once or twice a month. Most…

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A Confessional on Body Image

On a beautiful fall day during a vacation to Portland, I was casually scrolling through the notifications on my Instagram feed. Somehow I stumbled upon my follower’s newsfeed for the first time. And the first thing I notice, of course,…

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Divine Appointments with an “Anti-Christ”

There were non-Christians, and then there were certain non-Christian “others” who we perceived as specific threats to our religious freedom: they thought anyone who believed same-sex marriage was a sin was a bigot; they supported abortion-on-demand. Such people were anti-Christs,…

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