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Strengthening Our Compassion Muscles 1
by / on August 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

Strengthening Our Compassion Muscles

We are out of shape and the people of the Sahel are paying for it. A major crisis is wreaking havoc in the Sahel region of Sub-Saharan Africa, but few people care. Even though the United Nations estimates that 18 million people are at risk of starvationi, most Westerners aren’t even aware of the problem. This is in stark contrast [...]

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The Epistemology of Hip-Hop 1
by / on December 8, 2011 at 6:30 am / in Broken World, Pop Culture

The Epistemology of Hip-Hop

In the early 70’s the South Bronx was a dilapidated landscape suffering from the crippling economic effects of White flight, governmental policies of abandonment and a ubiquitous and lethal gang culture. It was in the womb of this social suffering that hip-hop was birthed. Communities began to gather in the name of respect and inclusion to counter the hostile environment [...]

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Preach the Gospel (and, yes, use words) 3
by / on July 18, 2011 at 12:35 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Preach the Gospel (and, yes, use words)

The less you talk about the God, the less likely you will make him known to anyone. Again the Christian life isn’t fundamentally about you. Evangelism doesn’t refer to a certain style or way of talking. It is the process of making God known.

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“Racist!” 0
by / on July 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm / in Broken World, Current Events


Racial slurs and racist actions are never appropriate, but if we demonize those who are coming into an understanding of race and racial etiquette, rather than cultivate growth, we are going to harvest citizens (including Christians) who are confused, frustrated, and downright indifferent toward the true, difficult, and hospitable work of racial reconciliation.

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From Manna to Deep Fried Kool-Aid 1
by / on June 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

From Manna to Deep Fried Kool-Aid

It would happen earlier this week that as I was studying God’s gift of manna in the wilderness, deep-fried Kool Aid was trending on Twitter.

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Death Cab’s New Muse in “Codes” (album review) 1
by / on June 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

Death Cab’s New Muse in “Codes” (album review)

Death Cab for Cutie has spent much of their career writing songs steeped in melancholy and found considerable success in the process. However, frontman Ben Gibbard and company aren’t the same men they used to be. On their latest release, Codes and Keys, they’ve found two compelling new muses.

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(Blue Like) Jazz & Christianity 3
by / on June 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Pop Culture

(Blue Like) Jazz & Christianity

If we focus too much on the emotion of Jazz (or Christianity), then it becomes something we do for our own consumption rather than because of its beauty. And if Jazz veered away from its roots and began to sound exactly like classical music or sounded too much like grunge rock it would no longer be Jazz.  Likewise, Christianity that looks like generic spirituality is no longer Christianity

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Scary As Hell 4
by / on May 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm / in Shattered Faith

Scary As Hell

“Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames” was a low-budget dramatic film my grandparents borrowed from their church when I was a kid. I don’t think they made us watch it with the intent of scaring us so badly — but it worked nonetheless.

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Returning to 9/12: An Open Letter to President Obama 2
by / on May 2, 2011 at 4:26 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

Returning to 9/12: An Open Letter to President Obama

I see again that unity and hope. It’s the kind of hope you speak of Mr. President, hope that stands in the midst of ruin and dares to say that a different world is possible. As a person of faith, this is the hope to which I cling.

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Good Friday Exposes Our Sinful Relationship With Creation 4
by / on April 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Good Friday Exposes Our Sinful Relationship With Creation

Creation is worse off now, by almost every measure, than it was back on the first Earth Day. Ben Lowe says that Christians should care, unpacking the Genesis story and what it reveals about our broken relationship with creation.

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