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Looking at Christ Through Cultural Lenses

Looking at me, pale-skinned and blonde-haired, you would not know that I come from a diverse background with an African-American great-grandmother and an American-Indian great-grandfather.
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Sojourners Cover Story on Race and the Emerging Church Already Making Waves

[Read more of this blog conversation in response to the Sojourners article "Is the 'Emerging Church' for Whites Only?"]
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Social Justice Christians at White House Easter Prayer Breakfast

Yesterday morning, President Obama hosted an Easter prayer breakfast for a group of church leaders at the White House.
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Evangelical Border Perspective: If Seeing is Believing

I recently guided a national group of evangelical leaders to the Arizona-Mexico border. The visit was momentous and timely for many reasons.
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Ahead of Sudan Vote, Concern over Interference by Lord's Resistance Army

The murderous regime in Khartoum is showing its true colors again. While they parade and pretend to be preparing for fair elections next week, they are simultaneously giving the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) safe haven in Darfur.
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Searching for Community in a Hyper-Mobile Culture

My friend Joe told me the story of relocating his family to be part of a church that takes community seriously.
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Jesus and the Klan

I recently viewed an episode of Gangland on The History Channel. This particular show, which documents the rise of the younger members of the Imperial Klan of America (or KKK), really roused my anger. I thought, "How could people be so ignorant and foolish?" Can't they just accept that the United States has always been an ethnically, religiously, and ideologically diverse country?
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Christian Militias and Litmus Tests

I've been told that I am obviously not a Christian because I watch movies. Because I believe women can be pastors. Because I don't take Mass in a Catholic church. Because I've read Brian McLaren and N.T. Wright. Because I voted for Obama. Because I am not a Calvinist.
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Why Obama Needs an Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

Religious persecution remains a major problem around the world, whether by repressive governments or by one faith against another. A position of U.S.
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