The Court of Law and the Court of Public Opinion: Before Baby Veronica and Beyond

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Much has been made this week of the Supreme Court’s decision that the Indian Child Welfare Act did not apply in the case of Baby Veronica. South Carolina later reversed its earlier decision and returned Veronica to her adopted parents, removing her from her birth father. The Supreme Court's decision is a cause of concern for many in Native communities, not simply Veronica’s Cherokee birth family, in terms of what it may signify for the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).What is the Indian Child … [Read more...]

Patch Adams–Patching Up Health Care Across the Board

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The movie Patch Adams addresses the subject of health care in a holistic manner. The movie is about the story of Hunter D. "Patch" Adams, whose Gesundheit! Institute “is a project in holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the world, and the health care system itself.”This statement on the complex connection betwen the health care system and various other forms of health comes through loud an … [Read more...]

The Most Dangerous Force in the World

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The most dangerous force in the world is not Al Qaida, nor some Special Ops force, but the church that truly knows it is loved by God. The gates of hell will not prevail against such a church.The movie To End All Wars is a moving tale of how Christian love conquers hate inside a prisoner of war camp during WWII. It is one of the most powerful movies I have ever seen. More powerful than such a movie, though, is living out the ideals such a movie conveys: can such Christian love conquer hate i … [Read more...]

Stamping Out Food Stamps and Trampling on the Poor

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How many decision makers passing the bill to cut $40 billion from food stamps over the next decade actually know someone on food stamps? Debate rages in Washington among lawmakers on whether or not the bill would impact only those trying to milk the system. I know people on food stamps—hard-working people, people in difficult situations, people who need food stamps to survive. They are fearful that they will not be able to obtain basic food necessities to stay afloat in the system if the bill th … [Read more...]

The Divine Trinity: Beyond Monads, Irrelevant Mysteries and Scrambled Eggs

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What difference does the Trinity make for Christian thought and life? While opinions vary, I share Lesslie Newbigin’s conviction that when many Christians think of God, they don’t call to mind the Father, Son, and Spirit, but the great divine monad. Newbigin maintains that Greek philosophy and Islamic thought have combined to shape the Christian imagination since the High Middle Ages, replacing the Trinitarian perspectives of the fathers of the first four centuries of Christian his … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Be in Make-Up to Be a Clown

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A professional clown informed a group of amateurs such as myself that "You don't have to be in make-up" to fulfill the calling of a clown. She was talking about our calling as Christians to make ourselves vulnerable.The clown in question, Trudi Sang, is chair of The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins' student community. Trudi was giving a talk to us on the New Wine, New Wineskins community formation retreat on how to be Christian leaders. She was drawing from her m … [Read more...]

We Shall Overcome

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The multi-ethnic church race is not a sprint, but a marathon race for life. What will energize us in the midst of the challenges and obstacles that would drain us, exhaust us and lead us to call it quits rather than overcome? Solidarity in community is key. But what kind of community? A community sustained by the reality that the God revealed in Christ by the power of the Spirit has already run and won the race to make one people out of many nations, tribes, peoples, and languages.Ephesians … [Read more...]