You Still Can’t Bomb a School: Just War and Israel-Palestine

20140726-135306-49986280.jpgIt’s with great caution that I approach the complex realities in Israel-Palestine. The bloodshed started long before I was paying attention (or alive) and I still haven’t caught up to all the twists and turns. But I do have one little thing to say.

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How to Pastor When You Have to Report Child Abuse

imageI’m glad to have this guest post from Dr. Ryan Darrow, a pastor with a professional counseling ministry.

With a look of panic Eve yelled at me, “You did WHAT?” [Read more…]

Palestinians are People: A Missionary’s Observations

 

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Photo: Tarek

As of today, 197 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,500 have been injured in Israel’s constant bombing of Gaza over the last 10 days. Though Palestinians have fired lots of rockets and mortars at Israel in this same time frame, reportedly only one Israeli has been killed. This outburst of violence is the worst in five years. This is a guest post written by an American friend of mine that is a missionary to the West Bank. I asked her to give advice to all of us for whom this conflict is just a bunch of numbers: 197. 1,500. I hope this reminds us that each of those numbers is a person made in the image of God.

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The Most Important Action for Pro-Life Christians: Foster and Adopt

A picture of my family on my son's adoption day.

A picture of my family on my son’s adoption day.

When my wife and I decided to have a child in 2011, we decided to foster parent as a response to a calling. There are more … ahem … “natural” ways to have children and we certainly considered that path. But we knew that we had the capacity and the life situation to consider adoption through the foster care system and that is what we did. We believed then as we do now, that fostering and adoption are faithful responses to the Christian calling to care for orphans. [Read more…]

Is Verizon Feminist, Sexist, or Just Using Us?

The ad is beautiful. It calls into question the seemingly innocent language that we use with little girls that has the potential to hold them back from achieving what they are truly passionate about. Even someone with a basic awareness of feminist issues and the effect of the use of language has to applaud Verizon for this ad and their #InspireHerMind campaign. [Read more…]