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Jesus Knows Sign Language

During my last year of college, my pastor lent me the book Living Gently in a Violent World, co-authored by Jean Vanier and Stanley Hauerwas. This book is an exploration on how followers of Christ ought to live in broken world.

The introduction of the book recounts the story of Jean Vanier teaching a course on pastoral care. During one class, Vanier asked the students to share some of their spiritual experiences. One of the students, Angela (who was deaf) began to share a dream she had where she met Jesus in heaven. She recalled talking with Jesus for some time and never experiencing so much joy and peace. "Jesus was everything I had hoped he would be," she said, "And his signing was amazing!" Vanier explains to the reader that "for Angela, heaven's perfection did not involve being 'healed' of her deafness. Rather, it was a place where the social, relational, and communication barriers that restricted her life in the present no longer existed."

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Make Earth Day a Church Day

It is fitting that this year Earth Day falls on Good Friday and that three days later the greatest dawn since the beginning of time
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Rediscovering Values For Lent: Risky Hope

[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]
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Can't Forgive Your Dad, Mom, Ex-Wife, or Friend? Well, Forgiveness is a Choice

Our ability to love others who have sinned against us flows out of our real experience of Jesus forgiving our own sins.
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Video: Afghan Youth Ask, 'Are There No Other Options Than Killing?'

The Afghan Youth for Peace held a candle-lighting prayer vigil to remember all of their family who have died as a result of aggression from the U.S. war, the Taliban, local war lords, and terrorist groups. "Are their no other options for the people?" they ask.
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One Year Later, Big Oil Still Isn't Sorry

One year after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, life has not returned to normal in the Gulf.
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Let's Not Forget: It's Not About Us

I'm very fond of this season in the Christian calendar because I can mention the word "ass" during my blog post and sermon and still keep all the fundamentalists off my back.
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Was Jesus a Passive Doormat?

This past Palm Sunday marked the beginning of Holy Week for Christians -- a week of remembering Jesus' suffering and death.
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America's National Humiliation

Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started fasting, calling people of faith and conscience to do the same.
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For Gulf Coast Residents, the Oil Spill Nightmare Continues

For three months last year the Gulf Coast oil spill was the major topic of news reports all over the world. From the explosion on April 20, 2010, until the capping of the gushing well on July 15, 2010, the headlines were consumed with images and dialogue about the tragedy unfolding before our very eyes. Shortly after the news of the capping, the government reported that “most” of the oil was gone, and that things were getting back to normal. The camera crews packed up. The reporters turned in their hotel room keys and gathered their deductible tax receipts. And they all left. Kumbaya, the oil was gone, and the world was normal again. The world could move on to other, more pressing interests. That is … the rest of the world could move on to other, more pressing interests.
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