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Exorcising the Demons of a Church's Racial Divide

On a sad but pivotal day in the late 1780s, several of the African American members of Philadelphia's St.
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More Heat than Light: Randall Terry's 'Burn in Hell' Protest

Sometimes the things you read are so outrageous that you simply sit at your desk, unclear how to respond.
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Whip It: What a Girl Power Movie Should Be

This is what a girl power movie should be. I went to see Whip It because it looked fun and was a totally Austin film (there's something fun about sitting in the Alamo Drafthouse watching a movie where the characters go to the Drafthouse
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Learning from the 'Lowly'

I am excited about the Justice Revival because it brings the lowly center stage, and we all can be blessed by them. Romans 12:15-16 tells us, "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly."
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Redemptive Poetry on a Night of Violence

It is Sunday night, and I am suddenly awake at the crack of too-close gunfire.
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'Offensive Play': Why I've Watched My Last Superbowl

Humans drug themselves with violence. Violence has been and continues to be a path for cathartic release and for entertainment.
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A Prayer for the Earth

Tim Costello of World Vision Australia and I have been working behind the scenes to compose a prayer that could be used by individuals and groups leading up to the Copenhagen gathering on cli
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Confronting Urban Violence with Jesus' Nonviolence

This morning as I was running on the treadmill, I was also watching CNN. A story came on about a shooting in Washington, D.C. The police chief was speaking, with the mayor of D.C looking on.
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Signs of Evangelical Renewal

At a major conference at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts recently, 500 evangelicals met to discuss how to "renew the evangelical mission."
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Why I Choose to Be at Times, 'an Angry Asian Man'

We often speak of 'loving our neighbors,' but it's really hard when we don't even know our neighbors. I see this to be a growing problem -- not just in the Church but our larger society. Why is it so hard to meet and grow with our neighbors?
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