“My problem is their problem.” Behind those simple words, uttered by a mother in distress, is the power of community. Her story, “Unjustly Jailed!,” describes the amazing effect of what happens when the church is the church. Our Western individualism has caused us to lose our grip on such power. Jesus said that it is [...]

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“Bullied in an Alley,” a story of a young boy being mocked and threatened with sticks with no one to defend him is heartbreaking, to say the least. While such behavior is not tolerated in our society, many cultures of the world provide no protection against this kind of behavior. In some cases, authorities are [...]

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I have a love-hate relationship with technology. I love the power and ease with which it allows me to communicate. I can get so much more work done at the simple click of a button. I can find just about any piece of information I need without leaving my keyboard. I can even do all [...]

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Every year on Black Friday, people are injured in fights with fellow-consumers attempting to beat each other to the best door-crasher deals. Punches are thrown. People are trampled. Guns are drawn. And tears are sometimes shed by those who don’t get the new earbuds or smartphone or designer handbag that they so desperately felt they [...]

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Think we’re done with translation? Think again. We’re still about translating — but translation in the 21st century may look different than it did 100 years ago. So what does it really take to translate the Word of God in a way that’s easier to understand? What type of translators are we looking for today? [...]

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I planted a new oak tree in my back yard last week. My arborist friend says that a mature tree adds $5,000 of value to the property. The problem is that my oak tree will not be mature for a long time —somewhere between 40 and 60 years, according to tree experts. So why even [...]

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If only it were true. If only there were multiple ways to get to God, to obtain forgiveness and to secure one’s eternal joy. If there were, we could offer a kinder, gentler version of our faith that others couldn’t brand as intolerant. We could offer greater hope to the bereaved who might not believe [...]

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“An Old Sin Surrenders to New Healing” sounds almost like a story right out of the life of King Solomon: “Midwife and distraught daughter steal baby from comatose mother.” In our country, their story would have made national headlines. And when they were caught, they would have done some serious jail time. The story is [...]

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A recent Christianity Today article reveals that 20 percent of North Americans do not know any Christians — that’s according to new research by Gordon-Conwell’s Center for the Study of Global Christianity. The article headline called this, “The Craziest Statistic You’ll Read about North American Missions.” Personally, I don’t get what’s so crazy about it. [...]

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Florida pastor Terry Jones has again made headlines after being arrested Wednesday evening while on his way to incinerate 2,988 copies of the Koran to protest the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York. The Tampa Bay Times reported that the 61-year-old Jones, along with an associate pastor, were [...]

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