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When Missions Opportunities Aren’t Pretty
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When Missions Opportunities Aren’t Pretty


Sep 22 2014
The topics that make us uncomfortable can spur the church to action.

I first noticed our reticence to tackle taboo topics in the church over 15 years ago, years before I became the head of the Wesleyan Church in North America. After being exposed to human trafficking during a visit to Svay Pak, Cambodia, I found this multi-billion dollar industry ...

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Memoir in the Me-Generation


Sep 19 2014
How social media helps us tell our stories.
Memoir in the Me-Generation
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Among Christian writers and bloggers, we all likely know someone whose book proposal—whose personal story of struggle and second chances—has been rejected by publishers. We’ve seen their disappointment and frustration from the lack of interest.

As a friend, ...

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Slammed in the Spirit


Sep 18 2014
Hope for a Christian blogosphere that focuses more on God than each other.
Slammed in the Spirit
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Earlier this summer, my daughter came home from Vacation Bible School wearing a thick purple bracelet with bright orange lettering. “Watch for God,” it read. To me, it seemed like an incomplete sentence. Watch for God to what? But my mental sluggishness only revealed ...

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Ian and Larissa Murphy: Trusting God through Traumatic Brain Injury


Sep 17 2014
A viral video made their marriage famous, and now, their story continues.
Ian and Larissa Murphy: Trusting God through Traumatic Brain Injury
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A couple years ago, a video about Ian and Larissa Murphy’s marriage went viral. In some ways, they exhibit a conventional story of young love. They met in college and wanted to get married. But Ian suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car accident. Their plans ...

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Diversity in the Dorm Room


Sep 16 2014
How college roommates teach us about race, culture, and ourselves.
Diversity in the Dorm Room
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Every fall an extraordinarily stressful ritual takes place in colleges across the country. Eighteen-year-olds embark on a journey of leaving the watchful eyes of parents, to move into a building with hundreds of strangers. Some travel blocks while others cross the country ...

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The Heart of the Gendercide Problem


Sep 15 2014
What the church can do to address the issues underlying global violence against women.
The Heart of the Gendercide Problem
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Violence against women and girls is a human rights problem that extends across the globe, and includes widespread rape as a tool of war, gender-selective abortions, female genital mutilation, sexual trafficking, disfigurement, and economic exploitation. In the United States ...

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Jesus Loves the Little Children… But I Don’t


Sep 12 2014
A childless millennial’s quest to become a “kid person.”
 Jesus Loves the Little Children… But I Don’t
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To say I don’t have kids is an understatement. I barely interact with children, save for brief conversations with friends and fellow churchgoers with offspring in tow.

I can’t remember the last time I changed a diaper, pushed a stroller, or let a kid win at ...

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