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Free Religion is not Free Discrimination March 31, 2015

When Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed Indiana’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law on March 26, it kicked up a firestorm of controversy and is already seeing …

Spotlights

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Immigration: More than a Number

Immigrants are our neighbors, co-workers, and our friends. Immigrants are people. Each immigrant has a story. How can you better welcome an immigrant to your neighborhood or to your town?

Photo courtesy of Rikki Heldt. (1982) Werneuchen, Germany

Welcome the Stranger

How God used immigration to lead one to find and ultimately fulfill her calling in life.

Photo courtesy of John Lee. "John and Kees Geertsma"

Immigration: A Tale of Two Grandfathers

For many of us, the daily struggle of 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States is not a very real wound in our hearts but rather an abstract piece of data in our heads. To paraphrase Joseph Stalin: ‘The distress of one undocumented person is a tragedy. The distress of millions is a statistic.’ Rather than weeping with those who weep, we are content simply to count them.

Reflections

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Lent: Behold! Behold! Behold!

Perhaps we’ve lost something with the disappearance of the word behold from our Scripture translations and its corresponding erasure from our culture. Do we really know how to behold? How to stop still, to cease all else, to give our full attention and searching gaze to what is before us?

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Lent: They Put the Cross on Him

We who are already supposed to be “different,” changed by our knowledge of Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary, are all too often like Simon. We are unwitting, maybe even unwilling. We trudge through busy lives, often too busy to remember. To set aside time and space to reflect and then act as a child of God should.

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Lent: Behold, the Man!

In this Lenten season, what do we hear in Pilate’s words, “Behold, the man”? In what ways do we participate in the crowd’s mockery of Jesus, living as though comfort, money, political security, or getting our way are our true masters?