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Poem: Through the Eyes of the Beholder

This piece was written as a personal testimony as to how we can use scripture to liberate us from mental and physical bondage. Through the Eyes of the Beholder is dedicated to all of us who struggle with insecurities; that we may know how to alter our perceptions to see ourselves and others through God's eyes.

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Travels with Bruce Cockburn: Into the Soul of this World of Wonders

There's roads and there's roads And they call, can't you hear it? Roads of the earth And roads of the spirit . . . - Bruce Cockburn's "Child of the Wind" Mali. Mozambique. Central America. The Himalayas. Kosovo.
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Made in L.A.: Putting a Human Face on the Immigrant Experience

Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that would put a human face on the struggles of immigrant workers in L.A.
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American Violet and the Idolatry of Law

NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been working on this story ever since he attended the premier of the film American Violet at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hearne, Texas, three weeks ago.
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American Violet: Drug War Injustice Hits the Big Screen

American Violet, a Hollywood blockbuster that opens in theaters next week, tells the story of Regina Kelly, one of the people rounded up in a T
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Video: 'Beyond Belief' - An Interview with David Wilcox

The rhetorical question David Wilcox asks aloud before a crowd outside Baltimore, Maryland, is
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Sacred Jazz: An Interview with Deanna Witkowski

Congregational worship music has plenty of variety these days. Depending on the church, you could hear traditional hymns, a gospel choir, or arena rock. What's harder to find on a typical Sunday morning is a jazz quartet.
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Witchhunt: I Was in Prison and You Visited Me

Twenty-seven years ago this month, Brenda and Scott Kniffen, a homemaker and an inventory manager of a diesel shop, were arrested and charged with sexually abusing their two young sons, Brian and B
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Wendell Berry's Whitefoot

Walking in botanical gardens one recent, perfect, early spring day, a quick burst of movement in the thicket of a yellow Carolina jasmine hedge caught my eye.
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Video: Documentary on the Failed Drug War in Colombia

In July 2007, Teresa Ortega stood solemnly in a field of wilting corn and pineapple crops in southern Colombia's farm land as tears streamed down her cheeks.
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