It’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.
How to Pastor When You Have to Report Child Abuse
I’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
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.
The Most Important Action for Pro-Life Christians: Foster and Adopt
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…]
What Would Augustine Preach on the 4th of July?
What would the greatest theologian in the history of the Church say to Americans on a day soaked with nationalism? This may seem like an odd question, but the parallels between Augustine’s place in the Roman Empire and ours in the United States are so plentiful that his wisdom is worth our attention. [Read more…]
Famous Christian Quotes That They Never Said
Sometimes a pithy phrase so captures the heart of what we want to be about that we are glad to send it through the web with shares and retweets. Even before social media enabled us to do this hundreds of times an hour, Christians were passing these quotes around.
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…]