The Other

The Daughter of Muhammad

When Zain and I first met at Virginia Commonwealth University, she introduced herself as a Pakistani American and an ethnic Pashtun. Her family’s origins are in the Swat Valley. “Have you ever heard of it?” she asked me. “It’s the…

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Dinner with a Muslim Sheikh

  On an otherwise normal Friday night, I found myself on the peninsula that gave birth to Islam. In a neighborhood in Muscat, Oman, I sat cross-legged beside a Muslim professor of Sharia law. I was a long way from…

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As American as Baseball and the Qur’an

On a hot, sticky, spring night in South Carolina, I finished umpiring a Little League baseball game and sweating through the subjective equity of balls and strikes. After navigating the competitive juices of nine- and ten-year-olds (and their mild-mannered parents!),…

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Loving My Muslim Neighbor

“They aren’t even Muslim!” Mohammad said angrily.   My family had been getting to know the Syrian family who immigrated to Michigan as they ran from war and ISIS.   “They kill and drive innocents from their homes. We had…

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How Do I Serve the “Least of These”? | Dear Addie #16

Dear Addie, Sometimes I feel so stuck on how to serve. I grew up in the church, but there wasn’t a strong emphasis on serving the “least of these” in our community so I never really had the experience of…

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As If

I grew up in an evangelical, white, middle-class home. We loved Jesus, went to church each Sunday, and studied the Bible. We were Baptist, so we didn’t follow much of a liturgical calendar—in fact, any liturgy was treated with suspicion….

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Faith in Jesus Taught Me to Stand with the Vulnerable

I was standing close to the road, watching traffic as it whizzed by. I was young and surrounded by a crowd, people from my church whom I respected and admired and others I didn’t know. My youthful fingers gripped the…

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Sins of Omission

There are a few situations in my life for which feelings of near overwhelming disappointment with myself make me wince. Recollections of these failings appear on the projector screen of my memories from time to time, and I am smitten…

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We are God’s Reputation

Off the Page publishes short personal, cultural, and journalistic articles for those on the margins of faith—many of whom have grown up in evangelicalism but have been disappointed by the church. Despite their disillusionment, our readers are still deeply interested…

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I Am the Other

My mom and dad were born in Nicaragua. They both come from large families. Ambitious and intelligent, they went to school to study architecture, where they fell in love. They got married and decided to start a family. During this…

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