The Justice Conference, Part 2: Sustaining Jesus’ Justice Movement

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I'm heading to The Justice Conference in Philadelphia this week. I wrote a series of posts several months ago reflecting on themes related to the pre-conference session "Sustaining a Justice Movement: how did John M. Perkins, Mother Teresa, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer do it?" which I will be leading on Friday, February 22 at 9am. I'm going to reprint those pieces this week in hopes that we might all be thinking through these matters together. If you will be in Philly, I hope you'll come to my ses … [Read more...]

The Justice Conference, Part 1: Sustaining Jesus’ Justice Movement

Justice Conf

I'm heading to The Justice Conference in Philadelphia this week. I wrote a series of posts several months ago reflecting on themes related to the pre-conference session "Sustaining a Justice Movement: how did John M. Perkins, Mother Teresa, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer do it?" which I will be leading on Friday, February 22 at 9am. I'm going to reprint those pieces this week in hopes that we might all be thinking through these matters together. If you will be in Philly, I hope you'll come to my … [Read more...]

From Refugees to Citizens: What’s Next – Mosques and Temples?

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Listen to this piece.I am leading a workshop this week and wanted to gather my thoughts on the subject here in preparation. Here is the description: What kind of response should American Evangelicals have toward those from other religions who are moving from refugee to immigrant to citizenship status in our country? Christians tend to be more sympathetic to those from other religions who are refugees in need of help, but we often become wary once they are viewed as immigrants on their way to … [Read more...]

Popping Off on the Pope and Catholics and Paying Respects

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Listen to this piece.Some will say that Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down symbolized his incompetence and failure to lead the Roman Catholic Church forward through tumultuous times. Others such as myself find it an act of great competence that he chose to step down at this time because of his failing health. While it might remove some of the aura of seeming invincibility from around the Papacy, the aura of humility might very well take its place. A willingness to acknowledge one’s lim … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day: The Far Journey of Our Lives

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Listen to this piece..Today is the birthday of my niece, Hannah, who passed away from leukemia several years ago. I wrote about Hannah in my book, The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town. There I quote from Karl Barth, who said: "God shows Himself to be the great and true God in the fact that He can and will let His grace bear this cost, that He is capable and willing and ready for this condescension, this act of extravagance, this far journey. What marks out God above all false gods is … [Read more...]

Richard Twiss—Please Pray for Us

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Listen to this piece.Last week, I wrote a post requesting prayer for Richard Twiss. Now that he has passed into the presence of his Lord and needs no further prayer, I am requesting prayer for us, as we mourn this great loss. Of course, in Christ, Richard wins: "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" (1 Corinthians 15:55) Richard has gone on to his eternal reward. Death and the grave hold no power over this warrior, for his Lord is victor.Still, the battle here b … [Read more...]

The Heartbeat of Richard Twiss

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 Listen to this piece.Please pray for Richard Twiss, Co-Founder and President of Wiconi International. Wiconi ("we-cho-nee") means “Life” in the Lakota/Sioux language. Richard had a heart attack on Wednesday. Pray for his heartbeat, which beats for Wiconi—life. An update on Wiconi International’s Facebook page last night read: “Richard is on full life support for his heart and lungs. Right now the doctors are neither optimistic nor pessimistic about the situation, but they agree it i … [Read more...]


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