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Christmas is for the Oppressed and the Oppressor

Posted on 18 Dec 2017 in Compositions, Reflections | 0 comments

The Christmas story is not really a very nice story. We have made it that way through years of re-telling, whimsical stories and songs, and whitewashed nativity scenes. But the nativity story is really dominated by themes of power, patriarchy, vulnerable people, injustice, genocide and poverty. If you were reading the Christmas story for the […]

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The Well of Grace

Posted on 04 Apr 2014 in Reflections | 9 comments

I have some sizeable frustrations with Christian subculture. I find purity rings offensive to the gospel, I’m discouraged by Extreme Sabbatarians, dismayed by big spotlights shining on worship bands and I wish Christians used the word “love” with more care. Maybe someday I’ll take time to write publicly about my concerns with these things… not […]

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“How Do You Define Success?”

Posted on 21 Mar 2014 in Missions | 2 comments

 “How do you define success in what you’re doing over there?” This has been a frequently asked question in the last year. Every time I hear it, I’m a bit lost for an eloquent reply. I see the value in encouraging or challenging missionaries to be evaluative of how they use their time and resources. […]

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“You’re Not Qualified”

Posted on 24 Jan 2014 in Missions | 5 comments

Ministry. It is like the pinnacle sport of a Spiritual Olympiad, right? You get there because you’re really good, and people believe in you. Fortunately not. Several times in the last year, I’ve been told that it’s remarkable I’m headed for such a life (missions), since I have “x” or “y” as an obvious weakness. […]

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