Coming Home: A Friend’s Return from Prison


Three weeks ago, I sat in a prison’s small, sterile waiting lobby on a Sunday morning, alone. We’d waited for this day for seven and a half years.

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Back to School: Learning to Love God’s Good Earth


I’ve started seeing school buses on my walk into work each morning, which makes me reminisce about my teaching days. One of my best memories: going green at the high school where I taught for four years.

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Blessed Are… Those People?


As a middle class American girl growing up in rural Baptist churches, I learned that the Kingdom of God means heaven, and that heaven is like the gated communities we have here on earth (except even richer… and with endless church services).

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A Better Way to Talk About Homosexuality in the Church


Many Christians no longer believe it’s possible to speak about homosexuality without drawing battle lines.Yet there is a better way. I’ve seen it.

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Life Among the Bus-Riders: A Window on My City


You have not moved to this side of town to rescue the inner city. Rather, you’re all getting yourselves saved a little at a time by doing life together across lines of difference.

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Two (or Three) Things NOT to Say About Your Short-Term Mission Trip


Last night I was reading a book by a young woman who moved to Africa as a teenager. Her story stirred up a lot of feelings, both positive and negative, for me.

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Who’s Most Precious in God’s Sight: An Interview with Leroy Barber

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Isn’t it funny that many of the missions and ministry organizations standing against injustice perpetuate it within their own organizations?

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