white privilege

Defining White Privilege

Having been raised below the poverty line by a single mom, I often eschew the concept of “white privilege.” It’s not that I deny it exists; I just haven’t seen much of it in my life. My childhood was not one of privilege. We had food stamps and free school …

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Why we don’t need more missionaries

When I was 21 I lived in war-torn Bosnia. I spent three months there working with the UNHCR (United Nations Head Commissioner for Refugees) on behalf of my sending organization. (It was UFM International at the time, but now goes by the name CrossWorld.) Military teams escorted me through and around …

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When Lies Hold You Captive

It seems silly to find personal insight and challenging truths in an animated flick about a girl with magic, glowing hair, but — that’s just what happened. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” I think he was right. I’ve been going through a desert of …

bigger than snowflakes

God is bigger than snowflakes.

I’m not going to lie: It’s been a rough couple of months. Rough? Well, maybe just over-saturated. Since the beginning of November we’ve …

What does the church actually DO?

A lot of people get down on the church — especially fundamentalist evangelicals — because they feel like we don’t do enough. …

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This is worth your time.

I feel a little like Radiator Springs. This blog used to be my open-door front porch where I’d sit and talk and …