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Meeting my neighbors in NPR’s Borderland

I once traveled south of Texas to a small border town in Mexico called Reynosa. Along with a handful of other high school students, I spent the week building a small, makeshift shelter for a family and playing soccer with the children of the village in yards of dust and…  [more]

Crime prevention and Christian witness

Crowd-sourcing is everywhere nowadays. From Kickstarter projects to asking your friends on Facebook for music advice, this method of leveraging the collective, creative power of the community can be applied to just about any problem you can think of. Apparently this even includes crime prevention. Well, sort of. According to…  [more]

Learning from silence during Sign Language Week

Graham Turner, a colleague of mine at Heriot-Watt University, recently gave his entire department the silent treatment. No, it wasn’t a hissy fit or an academic version of artistic temperament. It was part of the British Deaf Association’s Sign Language Week. In a show of solidarity with the deaf community,…  [more]

Hate speech, heresy and the lesson of Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps - founder of a church whose hateful, antigay rhetoric included demonstrations at military funerals - went gently into that good night late Wednesday. Phelps died in a state of exile from Westboro Baptist Church and estranged from many members of his family, a sad but unsurprising end to…  [more]

Why antigay laws are poor Christian health policy

This is a transcript of a radio address broadcast for the Center for Public Justice on KDCR radio in Sioux Center, Iowa. At least since the Reformation, Christian thinkers have devoted a lot of attention to the idea of vocation. Martin Luther was among the first to apply this concept…  [more]

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