Slavery, Surrogacy, and Society: Making a Future in the Wilderness

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By Anathea Portier-Young.Magdalene is a residential program that helps women who have survived lives of violence and prostitution. The 2013 Global Slavery Index reports that nearly 30 million women, children, and men are enslaved around the world today. Their slavery has many forms. For millions, especially women and girls, it is prostitution, forced marriage, or other sexual and reproductive exploitation. Others—an estimated 16.4 million—are forced into labor in spheres ran … [Read more...]

Developing a Moral Vision for Climate Change: Overview of the Planet

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By Ingrid Esther Lilly.Creatures "mentioned" in the Book of Genesis that are threatened by climate change.Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Safeguard Creation, because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this!” The IPCC, NASA, the AAAS, and an overwhelming majority of scientific societies strongly warn of the human causes of climate change. The near universal scientific consensus is that our activity endangers the stability of the planet’s future.Last M … [Read more...]

The First Multi-Media Blowup Moment (Acts 2:1-21)

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By Dr. Karyn L. WisemanHow the story of the Nigerian girls came to the world's attention.Can you imagine sitting in a public space and all of a sudden everyone around you starts to speak in a different language? And yet somehow you still understand them? Can you imagine the cacophony of sounds this event would cause? Can you envision the power it would take to make this astonishing moment happen?Is it a miracle? Possession? Paranormal activity? It likely would freak you … [Read more...]

Christian Suffering in a World of Suffering

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By David A. SánchezThe recent focus on the kidnapped girls in Nigeria shines a light on the suffering of women and girls all around the world.Perhaps it is due to my ongoing fascination with Jewish and Christian apocalypses that the motif of suffering is constantly on my mind. I am always struck with John the Seer’s words of praise and encouragement in his letters to the seven churches of the Apocalypse that are patiently enduring persecution, affliction, distress, and tribulation. Th … [Read more...]

Stand by Me: Memorial Day and the Healing of Souls

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By Mary Hinkle ShoreThe Soul Repair Center was set up to focus on moral injury and the terrible toll it takes on military veterans.If you have to reassure someone that you’re not abandoning them, it may be because they feel you slipping away. In John 14, Jesus is responding to the anxiety of those he loves. “I will not leave you orphaned,” he says, but it is not clear how he will keep that promise. In a few hours, his arrest, trial, crucifixion and death will all have been accom … [Read more...]

Heaven Is a Home (John 14:1-14)

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By Eric D. BarretoUndocumented immigrants like Thelma live in fear of deportation and losing their "home."When I was a child, my vision of heaven was riddled with roller coasters and populated by Disney characters. Let me explain.Growing up in Puerto Rico, the American “mainland” to our north was for me a dreamland of sorts. You could catch a glimpse of it on television shows depicting Main Streets lined with impressive trees. And of course, there was Disney World. As a fiv … [Read more...]


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