Culture

July 03 2014

The Guest

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It was after closing time when the guest walked in.  I was cleaning up the dining room, resetting the tables, wiping down the line, emptying the trash cans. The kitchen was already cleaned, the grill turned …

Leaving Church, Coming Home

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  If church is a nest, I am the baby bird pushed out of it. Not once but over and over. Hop-scotching the map of these United States, I have always sought a church just like …

Why I Stopped Believing in Jesus On a Mission Trip

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Today in the Editor's Section, we're thrilled to host Emily Wierenga, author of "Atlas Girl." __________ By Emily T. Wierenga It was the Lin Yeng Temple, a Hindu temple in Richmond, BC, and we were supposed to be …

Culture

July 02 2014

Acceptance

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The first morning of the Gay Christian Network Conference, Linda and Rob Robertson stood on the stage behind the podium. As is typical, I arrived late. The ballroom was dark enough for no one to notice me, …

It shouldn’t have worked. But it did.

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(RSS readers, you may have to click through to watch the video that introduces this post.) It's an imperfect sort of story. Aren't they all? I've had many moments like the story I told about "Bullfrogs and Butterflies" …

Family

July 02 2014

Last Wishes

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I don't remember the first time I heard Terri Schiavo's name but I can tell you when the case started to matter to me. In the fall of 2003 I began my second year social work …

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