Broken World

Crumbs From the Rich Man’s Table 20
by / on March 30, 2011 at 9:40 am / in Broken World, Current Events

Crumbs From the Rich Man’s Table

For years now, many faith leaders have been making the argument that the Federal budget is a moral document. The argument is simple: the choices we make reflect what our national priorities are. What does it say about America that the vast majority of proposed budget cuts will hurt the most vulnerable people at home and abroad?

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God of Japan 1
by / on March 22, 2011 at 8:44 am / in Broken World, Current Events

God of Japan

In Tokyo, my friends and family are standing in line for hours to get fuel, food, and water. Christians from our Tokyo churches are driving for hours through back roads to get supplies to the north—one drove a truck of water to the city of Fukushima two days ago since, because of its proximity to the nuclear reactors, relief teams generally bypass the city at all costs.

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Uncovering Israel’s Hidden History 2
by / on March 18, 2011 at 11:51 am / in Broken World, Current Events

Uncovering Israel’s Hidden History

Eitan, an Israeli Jew, had just pulled over to ask an orthodox Jewish pedestrian if he knew of any signs of previous Arab villages. In his response, I noticed the man used a certain Hebrew word over and over—klum, klum, klum—“nothing, nothing, nothing.” The man had faithfully recited Israel’s national mythology. But is this the whole story?

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America, Blondes and Asian Stereotypes 0
by / on March 16, 2011 at 9:28 am / in Broken World, Current Events

America, Blondes and Asian Stereotypes

America, much like Alexandra Wallace — the UCLA student whose video blog racially stereotyping her fellow students has sparked an internet controversy (and even death threats) — is an adolescent. Like any young adult we need to examine ourselves, who we are, and the image we project and we need to reject contradiction and seek congruence

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What Will Become of Libyan Refugees? 0
by / on March 8, 2011 at 9:26 am / in Broken World, Current Events

What Will Become of Libyan Refugees?

A friend emailed me yesterday to ask what the process would look like for Libyan refugees to come to the United States. After all, the U.S. is proud of its reputation as a haven for the persecuted and those seeking freedom. I thought it might serve as a good opportunity to explain how our refugee system works.

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Honoring the Law, Extending Mercy 0
by / on March 4, 2011 at 9:27 am / in Broken World, Current Events

Honoring the Law, Extending Mercy

Too-many Christians wrestle with the issue of immigration in a way that pits love and mercy on one side with law and justice on the other—and then feel conflicted. Are these the only two options? Matt Soerens from UnDocumented.tv weighs in.

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Should First Amendment Protect Westboro? 4
by / on March 2, 2011 at 11:40 am / in Broken World, Current Events

Should First Amendment Protect Westboro?

Westboro Baptist Church’s protests have given a new face to the word “hate” in recent decades. The group has picketed events since 1991, with signs bearing slogans like, “God Hates Fags”, “God Hates America”, and even “Thank God For 9/11″. Should their protests be protected by the First Amendment?

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Stay Tuned For GOOD Magazine Contest Results! 0
by / on February 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm / in Broken World, Current Events, Pop Culture

Stay Tuned For GOOD Magazine Contest Results!

On Tuesday, we joined forces with SelflessTee for a contest, sponsored by GOOD Magazine and Pepsi Refresh Everything, called One Selfless Act. Many thanks to all who participated. Over the weekend GOOD Magazine will be tabulating the final results. They should be ready to announce an official winner sometime early next week. Stay tuned!

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Bearing Witness in a Violent World 0
by / on February 24, 2011 at 10:02 am / in Broken World, Current Events, Theology

Bearing Witness in a Violent World

In the world’s worst war zones, hundreds of thousands of people are killed in conflicts fueled by the illegal arms trade. Remarkably, we have strict laws for the global trade of iPods and bananas, but not a single international agreement setting standards for the sale of weapons. How should Christians respond?

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The Oil Spill is Not Over 1
by / on February 23, 2011 at 9:29 am / in Broken World, Current Events

The Oil Spill is Not Over

As Christians, we have an opportunity to show the world that God cares for his creation—even the parts not usually visible to humans—and calls us to work for its flourishing. Our oil-dependent lifestyles are part of the problem that made the Deep Horizon disaster possible. By taking responsibility and stepping up our stewardship we can also become part of the solution.

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