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Loving Your Neighbor 101

After years of barbarianism and violence in the Promised Land, we finally see a glimpse of hope in the Book of Ruth. If the world had more people like Ruth and Boaz, it might be a better place today.  Ruth … more »

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Who is My Neighbor?

How should we respond to the foreigner in our midst? As 2016 clearly revealed, this is a question that generates not a small bit of controversy, both in the United States and in countries around the world. Unfortunately, this conversation … more »

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The Mission-field Next Door

Ever since my lower education, there has always been an emphasis on progression up the corporate ladder. The thinking being that all people desire to obtain the maximum amount of money and power available to them in life. This ambitious … more »

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Genesis 41 – Joseph the Underdog

When I was growing up, I liked the story of Joseph because he followed God and became the second most powerful man in all of Egypt. In my stories, I liked to see people rise from nothing to greatness because … more »

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The With-ness of God

Around 6th grade, my family bubble wrapped and boxed everything we owned of great value and absolute necessity. We were making our way across the Red Sea. The Moses in my mother shared the revelation of the promised land just … more »

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I am Able. But, Am I Willing?

Over the last few months I have been faced with a question that continues to occupy my mind and my prayers. Why is it that Christians are not just bad to others but bad to each other? I don’t believe that … more »

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Visions of Vocation: A Curated Conversation

It is a strange grace to have my students read my work— but they do, year after year, taking it in, learning more about me, even as they learn more about the world and their place in it. This week … more »

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The Cries of the Needy

The interaction between the weak and the strong that is presented in Nehemiah 5 provides a model for the way that those with power should treat those without it. This discussion comes at an interesting time for us as Americans, … more »

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Ruth In, Syrians Out

In and through the sheltering and kind presence of God, Ruth is given the grace to devote herself fully to work.  The scripture says, “So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except a short rest.” … more »

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In the World, Not Of It

Every day we are bombarded with articles, videos, and sound bites of the latest tragedy, whether it be child slavery, violence, hate crimes, or refugee crises. Each time I read about the misfortune that others have gone through, my heart … more »

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