Acting Like A State: ISIS, the US, and Jesus as Lord

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But ISIS is different. It aims to be a state on the world stage and uses a Western name for its territory–the Levant. ISIS isn’t subverting Western dominance. It’s confronting it head on.

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Doing Good Without Giving Up

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Looking back over a decade of activism and advocacy, I wrote Doing Good Without Giving Up about the challenges I encountered and what I learned facing them.

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A #BringBackOur Girls Confession

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I want to look hard, unflinchingly into your eyes, breathe deeply, and confess to you this ugly thing that I have seen in myself.

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A Day At The Beach: Theology Under The Sun

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As spring is struggling to establish itself here in Australia, summer is ending in the Northern Hemisphere. I hope my US friends are enjoying the last of the sun, and with it time on the beach.

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Saved By Bitterness? Fighting With A Whole Heart

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“Why is being bitter such a bad thing?” I ask Rush on one of our regular night walks. Amelia strains her neck into a bush of monkey grass while I continue. “I mean, I don’t recommend it for everyone, but is being bitter a sin?”

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Violence in God’s Name: Our Greatest Sin

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Some Christians seem to talk about little other than sin. In reaction, others try to ignore it. But we can’t understand Jesus’ plan to redeem the whole universe without understanding sin.

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The Pacifism of Jesus: Reclaiming Christianity’s Challenge

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Early Christians were confusing. They were pacifists living in the Roman world, a world which saw violence and death as constant positive reminders of the struggle of life over death.

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