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Blogging Truth to Power


Jul 1 2015
Why we listen to watchdogs and whistleblowers (from two of us who have been there)

From Unquestioning Submission to Speaking Out
Michelle Van Loon

My husband and I once belonged to a congregation where leaders took their cues from the Shepherding Movement. Emphasizing allegiance and church unity, they expected members to submit to their authority in all ...

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What Hypnobirthing Taught Me About Trusting God


Jun 30 2015
My body may be broken, but it’s capable.
What Hypnobirthing Taught Me About Trusting God
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My third child came into the world weighing just under 11 pounds, a fact that elicited awe and pity all round, especially when they discovered I’d had him the old-fashioned way. Despite his size, he was my easiest. I delivered him sitting in a tub of water, coached ...

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Gay Marriage, Abortion, and the Bigger Picture


Jun 29 2015
Living out God’s will requires us to look beyond single issues.
Gay Marriage, Abortion, and the Bigger Picture
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In 1973, the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton rulings, together legalizing abortion in all 50 states, took everyone by surprise. Forty-two years later, the court’s legalization of gay marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges surprised almost no one.

Both ...

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Taking the Charleston Shooting Personally


Jun 26 2015
Why Black Americans—and this time, white Americans too—can relate to the Emanuel Nine.
Taking the Charleston Shooting Personally
David Goldman / AP

In the days following the murder of nine people at a church Bible study in Charleston, we’re seeing Americans engage in a real and meaningful conversation about race. We’re seeing them take seriously the call to take down the Confederate flag, a longstanding symbol ...

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Healing Mission Field PTSD


Jun 25 2015
How trauma counseling helps missionaries and the populations they serve.
Healing Mission Field PTSD

The work of Christian missionaries has never been easy. They’re often sent to regions characterized by ethnic violence, civil unrest, and personal insecurity.

The populations they serve, and in many cases the missionaries themselves, can suffer deep emotional, psychological, ...

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Let the Boston Bomber Live


Jun 24 2015
Why I oppose the death penalty, even for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Let the Boston Bomber Live
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I remember the day they found her body. Heather, a beautiful 15-year-old girl from the youth group I lead at church, had been kidnapped from our safe, rural community. I’d held out hope she would be found alive. When I heard the news we had all been dreading, my body ...

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Fight Back With God


Jun 22 2015
After Charleston, we stand together in faith.
Fight Back With God
Mathias Erhart/ Flickr

At my black church in Denver, the parking lot is packed. It’s late, 9 p.m., but tonight is no ordinary service.

The night after nine Charleston church members were slaughtered by a lone gunman, my African Methodist Episcopal church hosts a citywide prayer vigil.

The ...

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