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Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required

September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too.
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We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)

218097_19360164080_551149080_224360_2855_nCould my mission really be confined to seeking the best for the children to whom I gave birth? Or, as a Christian, should I define "family" more broadly? I'd see images of women and children suffering around the world, and those puzzling verses returned to my mind. Maybe, instead of obsessing over the happiness of my babies, I should stick my head out of the window, so to speak, look around, and ask, "Who is my family?"

It didn't feel right to simply shrug my shoulders and blithely accept my good fortune as compared to that of people born into extreme poverty. I'd buy my kids their new school clothes and shoes and then think of mothers who did not have the resources to provide their children with even one meal a day. I'd wonder: what's the connection between us? Does the fact that $10 malaria nets in African countries save whole families have anything to do with my family buying a new flat-screen TV? Should it? Is there any connection between me, a suburban, middle class mom, and women around the world?

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Conversion Stories and Mary Karr's Lit

I used to live in a world where God was a given and unapologetic faith was the lens through which the world was seen and interpreted.
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How I've Learned to Talk About Race

I confess: I used to cringe every time I heard the "R" word.
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Shooting a Reminder of Our Swords of Words

God's heart broke just as ours did upon hearing of the victims in Tucson.
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A Season for Holy Mischief and Divine Conspiracy

Critiquing the thick irony of the Christmas season is fair.
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Reel Images of Immigration: Farmingville

[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit www.faithandimmigration.org for more information]
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I Am Emergent and I Don't Fit the Stereotype

[Read more of this blog conversation in response to the Sojourners article "
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Coal Mines, Potato Salad, and Damn Good People

The unfolding coal mine disaster in West Virginia has me constantly checking the news for updates on the plight of our fellow Americans who are victims of this latest tragedy.
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50 Years of Inflated Expectations

Over my working life, I have seen investments inflate. I have also seen prices inflate. And even though, on the whole, investments inflated more than prices, I have seen something more ominous: I have seen expectations inflate.
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