Personal Stories

Switchfoot used to be my favorite band 113
by / on July 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm / in Personal Stories, Pop Culture

Switchfoot used to be my favorite band

As Switchfoot prepares to release Fading West, a retrospective documentary on surfing, music, and their last 8 records. Nathan reflects on growing up with Switchfoot as his favorite band.

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When Rumors Never Die 1
by / on June 11, 2013 at 8:11 am / in Broken World, Current Events, Personal Stories

When Rumors Never Die

There have always been bullies and rumors. But kids today have to live with cruel Facebook posts that may never go away.

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“Poor”-nography in the Facebook Age 0
by / on May 29, 2013 at 11:57 am / in Broken World, Personal Stories

“Poor”-nography in the Facebook Age

What happens when that starving child gets a Facebook Account? Is she going to “like” the page that prominently features her with a bloated belly? Director of Daylight Center and School in Kenya Nathan Roberts reflects on the hidden costs of fundraising with “Poor-nographic” images.

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What Are We Eating? 9
by / on April 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm / in Personal Stories, Shattered Faith

What Are We Eating?

I’m convinced that food connects us to a place. It’s something we do at least two or three times a day given our time and resources. Or, if you’re still in school, Taco Bell at two in the morning may or may not count. But that’s for another time.

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When “Just Believe” Doesn’t Cut It Anymore 22
by / on March 9, 2011 at 7:23 am / in Personal Stories, Shattered Faith

When “Just Believe” Doesn’t Cut It Anymore

Julia was the quintessential Christian in high school; her peers even nicknamed her Julia Christ Superstar. But what happens to someone like this when complexities of the world and ambiguities of faith led her to bigger questions, to a place where “just believe” doesn’t cut it anymore?

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Dirty Dishes and the Beloved 2
by / on March 4, 2011 at 10:44 am / in Personal Stories, Shattered Faith

Dirty Dishes and the Beloved

When living in community you’re forced to deal with the full spectrum of the human condition. Whether intentional or circumstantial, community plays an important part in our stories. And for the most part there’s not much drama, just dishes.

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Modern Girl’s Guide to the Gospel 10
by / on March 3, 2011 at 8:21 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Personal Stories, Theology

Modern Girl’s Guide to the Gospel

Like Mary Magdalene, Jesus calls women by name, to serve God. This is God coming for us specifically as females, calling us to lay claim to evangelicalism ourselves — our important role in the in-breaking of God’s kingdom into the world — no matter what our religious affiliation or belief system.

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Amazing Grace: Personal or Corporate? 6
by / on March 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm / in Personal Stories, Shattered Faith, Theology

Amazing Grace: Personal or Corporate?

Attending a mostly white evangelical College as an African American male with roots in the historic Black church resulted in a paradoxical shift in my Christian faith. It was a time that I matured spiritually while simultaneously growing increasingly disillusioned with evangelicalism.

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Certainty Kills Relationships 1
by / on February 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm / in Personal Stories, Shattered Faith

Certainty Kills Relationships

There are very few certainties in life. Sometimes you’ve just got to jump in with wanton disregard for certainty, and instead, just take a risk. It’s often through this kind of struggle and risk-taking that we discover the most rewarding relationships.

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Protesting the Protestors 0
by / on February 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm / in Broken World, Current Events, Personal Stories

Protesting the Protestors

Over the last few weeks we have tried to work as best as we could to help set up a private discussion between the Catholic church and the LGBT activist group. That private discussion never happened – and it wasn’t because The Marin Foundation wasn’t willing.

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