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Imagine the world through Easter eyes

Imagine the world through Easter eyes

About a month ago I found this little gem of a book, “Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth,” by Walter Brueggemann at a small used bookstore in Black Mountain, North Carolina. I remembered him as a theologian, but I had no idea he was a poet! I would like to...
Finding the perfect writing spot

Finding the perfect writing spot

I started writing my very first journal at eight years old, in a black and white composition book with a wide rule. I remember walking across the cool terrazzo floors of our house, trying to find a room to write in private. But in a family of four homeschooled girls,...
Harbingers of hope in a millennial age

Harbingers of hope in a millennial age

It’s official—the Millennials have overtaken the Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation. This means that people currently between the ages of 20-36 will have more and more influence in shaping the culture of our society. It also means that the Church...
Healing a nation divided by race

Healing a nation divided by race

Today, I am in deep sorrow over the absence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as our society becomes increasingly divided over racial tensions. I can’t help but wonder what the state of racial reconciliation would be like today if we had 50 more years to benefit...
Heaven is one big family reunion

Heaven is one big family reunion

Ever since my Nana passed away and my Papa began losing his memory, I look back and grieve all the wasted opportunities I had to learn more about their lives. They had been missionaries in Cuba until Fidel Castro came to power—just three months after my mother was...
Drawing Near to Disorder

Drawing Near to Disorder

Having with a loved one who suffers from a disorder can be confusing and painful, but medical labels don’t grant us permission to lean away from intimacy.   When my sister was first diagnosed, I started seeing her differently—and over time, I began to treat...
Will Christians syncretize or marginalize?

Will Christians syncretize or marginalize?

The Church has always struggled with the temptation to share an ideological framework with the secular world. And yet history has shown, time and time again, that Christians do everything but thrive when they entwine themselves with the world’s political, social...
How [not] to defend the faith

How [not] to defend the faith

The Church in North America has long been a house divided against itself. We have sustained so many breaks in fellowship over small matters that we now find ourselves incapable of uniting over big issues that truly matter. That is the consequence for our past sins of...
The Illusion of “Christendom”

The Illusion of “Christendom”

When Constantine became the first “Christian” ruler in 300 AD, the world was introduced to a new reality that we have since embraced as normal. This alternate reality is called “Christendom” – which literally means the “Kingdom of Christians,” and must not be confused...
The Deception of Inception

The Deception of Inception

How Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster inadvertently dealt a fatal blow to the postmodern ideal… In college, I wrote and submitted a paper to a writing conference entitled, “Tokens of Absence and Presence: Discussing Truth and Reality in Light of the Movie...