Welcoming the stranger

But what happens when we’re the stranger?

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Monks and mediation

What some Benedictines taught me about conflict.

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What to do about ISIS? A Christian’s anguish

How can we reconcile Jesus’ nonviolent model with the need to protect innocent vitims?

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New wine for the Baptists

Our challenge is discerning how God is transforming the old and the new together.

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Like its name, ‘Calvary’ offers view of atonement

The highly acclaimed film features a stellar performance by Brendan Gleeson.

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Smuggling and trafficking: What are our responsibilities?

Too often society turns a blind eye and does not want to be involved.

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Bumper sticker theology

In some symbols, we may create a monster we will live to regret.

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God’s gonna trouble the water

Our lives are haunted by our baptisms.

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If they are black

It may be less immediately important that our churches be integrated than that we recommit ourselves to listening to one another.

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Missing Gwen

Searching for the grave of a friend, a Baptist leader realizes that more than a tombstone is missing.

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‘Jesus is my savior, but I’m a killer!’

There are plenty of mentally unstable people with bizarre opinions afoot in the land, and they seem to be attracted to authoritarian institutions such as law enforcement and the military.

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Should Christians fear being ‘on the wrong side of history?’

The drift of history does not decide truth.

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The sins of Sodom (and Gibeah): The LGBT issue, part 9

An interpretation of the Sodom (and Gibeah) stories, so fatefully destructive in forming historic Christian attitudes on the LGBT issue. 

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Parenting cheat notes for a great school year

A few sanity-savers for the new school year.

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Texting and discipleship

Another example of the “log and speck” problem highlighted by Jesus.

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Let’s do something about race in America

Christians can — and must — do more to improve race relations in America.

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Missions and misconceptions

“Sharing” the gospel is more than sending missionaries. It’s also about receiving a witness from Christians in other places.

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Blowin' in the wind

If I could best describe myself, it would be as a spiritual hippie. I’ve often felt I was born 10 years too late.

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Eyes wide open

Did Jesus learn something the day he encountered a Canaanite woman? Maybe.

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Ice bucket do-gooders

What can church leaders learn from Ice Bucket Challenge?

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