Getting in other people’s business

Most of the stories I have written here happened years ago. This one was yesterday. I was walking through one neighborhood where I teach when I heard the thump of blows. I paused, discerned sobbing. Peered around the window of the home it was coming from, but could see nothing. The blows continued. Someone was …

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Powerlessness

Since my first Bible study I've always wanted to be decisive in interpreting Scripture. I want to understand what I'm reading, make a decision, and live it. Especially on practical matters. But there was one issue where a firm decision eluded me for a long time. That was the question of an absolute commitment to …

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Would you throw the first stone?

“Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.”1 Option #1: Taking life for life is still necessary to prevent even greater violence. Option #2: The death penalty was only one stage in our history, towards a better world God wants for us. Do we kill …

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Stepping in for the first time

I was twenty years old, a young Christian, waiting to meet my friends in a Portland mall. Four women rushing up to a fellow teenager didn’t trigger “fight!” in my head, even in a spot known for occasional gang violence. "Maybe they’re running up to greet someone?" passed through my mind... When the punching started …

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