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...]

How to Love Like a Mother (John 10:1-10)

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By Anne Sutherland HowardHow one mother who lost a child to gun violence tried to make the world safer for others.In my Santa Barbara, California neighborhood, which we sometimes call “Leave it to Beaver Land” for its seeming serenity and peace, a new practice has become evident. Children no longer walk alone to our neighborhood elementary school. Every morning, a parade of mothers and fathers accompany their children the short distance to school, dogs in tow and cellphones in hand. I … [Read more...]

Go Ahead and Die Already (Luke 24:13-35)

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By Stephanie Buckhanon CrowderThe role of race in the imposition of the death penalty is just one of the controversies that continues to surround the issue.Society has an affinity for death. There is a pervasive fascination with (im)mortality. We appreciate life, but we are seduced at the intricacies and unknowns of death. While there is much enjoyment and celebration over health, personal accomplishments, births, and birthdays, women and men around the world ponder the “what ifs” con … [Read more...]


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