Heroes are not made in the warm hallways of cul-de-sac safety. Nor are they made of black and white print from the critic's air-conditioned desk.
About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively poor congregation had an accident and racked up a huge medical bill in the hospital.
We live in an increasingly partisan world. This is not news. But it's the news "business," in many ways, that has made it so.
I have a problem. My internal filter doesn't always work.
For Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, "subversive" friendship is about creating God's counterculture in the midst of a dominant culture.
A while back, I was in a situation where I was mocked publicly in front of 300-plus young leaders. There were racial overtones.
I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to explain much of what he sees on the news or reads about in the local paper.
The passing of Sen.