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Balancing vigilance and providence in the face of Ebola

I work in an office building 204 miles from the Dallas hospital where Thomas Eric Duncan died earlier this month, marking the first Ebola diagnosis and fatality in North America. The conversations among coworkers that day veered far from the normal topics to discussions of life and death ethics. Last…  [more]

Reconsidering relatability

An off-handed Twitter comment from radio personality Ira Glass about Shakespeare has set forth an interesting discussion about what it means to find a story “relatable” and whether or not we should prefer to engage media that is relatable for us. Rebecca Mead of the New Yorker, for instance, is…  [more]

A closer look at that ‘handsome’ mug shot

Most people in the world had never heard of Jeremy Meeks less than two weeks ago. But that was before the 30-year-old’s “handsome” mug shot went viral on a California police department’s Facebook page, generating more than 2,400 comments in less than 24 hours. Within days, the photo had been…  [more]

Reparations, privilege and communal sin

Like many, I was impressed, troubled and moved by the most recent Atlantic cover story, “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It’s a complicated essay on a difficult topic, since it is so entwined with history, identity, shame and guilt. What I found most helpful was the way Coates…  [more]

Binge-watching TV and seasons of the church

I grew up in a worshiping community that was big on church seasons. Our sanctuary and children’s ministry rooms were decorated to match the color of the season and we aligned our worship and programming around those seasons. I remember the excitement of Pentecost, with the flame symbols and bright…  [more]

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