Faith, Hunger, Politics, Chicken & Waffles: A Conversation Between Chris LaTondresse and Adam Phillips
Posted by Chris LaTondresse, Adam Phillips 1 year 22 weeks ago
Adam Nicholas Phillips: Chris, tell us a little bit about yourself.Christopher LaTondresse: As the son of American evangelical missionary parents, I spent several formative years living in the former Soviet Union — Novosibirsk, Russia to be exact — smack dab in the middle of Siberia. My family is originally from Minnesota, so I was convinced that they were trying to find the one place on the planet colder than our home state to do missions work.Growing up as a missionary kid, my parents taught me to take my faith seriously, to take Jesus seriously, no matter what the cost. Their example — leaving the trappings of an American middle-class lifestyle behind to pursue something they believed in — sticks with me to this day. The major lesson: There are things in this life worth making exceptional sacrifices for, especially things close to the heart of God.I guess this is really what informs who I am, and animates my work today. True, I’m not a full-time missionary, but I’ve tried to devote my life to playing a role, however small, in what God is doing in the world. For my parents this was about planting churches and, to use the language of the Navigators (the missions organization that sent them) “making disciples”. For me it’s about taking Jesus seriously when he said, “What you do unto the least of least, you do for me.”
Posted by Adam Phillips 2 years 19 weeks ago
The news is hopeful. We have seen both progress and proof:New data shows that an HIV-positive person on treatment is 96 percent less likely to pass HIV on to others.It only costs, on average, $335 for AIDS treatment through PEPFAR (down nearly 70 percent since 2004!).22 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have reduced new HIV infections by 25 percent.Clinical trials show that voluntary male circumcision reduces the risk of new HIV infection in men by roughly 60 percent.Yesterday was truly a momentous occasion. Looking at all the progress we have made, especially in the last 10 years, it is a moment for us to not only celebrate, but in the words of President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, “recommit ourselves,” to end the fight against AIDS totally.
Posted by Adam Phillips 2 years 27 weeks ago
Adam Phillips is a Evangelical Covenant Church minister and director of faith mobilization for the ONE Campaign, www.one.org.This video is the latest installment in an ongoing series at God's Politics where we've asked leading clergy, writers, scholars, artists, activists and others who self-identify as "evangelical" to answer the question, "What is an Evangelical?"
Posted by Adam Phillips 2 years 29 weeks ago
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