Hope: A Biblical Perspective on the Middle East
July 31st, 2017

Hope: A Biblical Perspective on the Middle East

Mike Bassous

When you hear the words Middle East, what comes to your mind? For many, a slew of negative associations pop up—wars, sectarian killing, religious tension, suicide bombers, kidnappings, trauma. But we forget that this region is the physical context for much of the Bible. It is the rich backdrop ...

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What is a Biblical Response to Injustice?
July 10th, 2017

What is a Biblical Response to Injustice?

Katy Callahan

A few days after the 2016 presidential election, I thought of the time Peter cut off the high priest’s servant’s ear as Jesus was being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane (John 18:10). Many of us with differing priorities for justice have spat venom at each other before ...

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Does Church Feel Unsafe?
January 24th, 2017

Does Church Feel Unsafe?

Christina Miller

Now, you shepherds, listen to what I, the LORD, am telling you. Ezekiel 34:7 delivers a hard message to the leaders of Israel. In the midst of their neglect and abuse, God spoke. Loudly. As surely as I am the living God, you had better listen to me. The ...

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How to Find Rest in the Roar of Social Media
December 13th, 2016

How to Find Rest in the Roar of Social Media

Kari E. Randall

My friends are railing about politics on Facebook again. Im exhausted. My social media feeds brim with news of violence, incivility, and decidedly un-neighborly behavior with no end in sight. And thats just in the United States. Does it feel the same for you? Take a deep ...

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Ben-Hur: How Can We Break Cycles of Violence?
August 30th, 2016

Ben-Hur: How Can We Break Cycles of Violence?

Christina Miller

Tensions run high in the world of Ben-Hur . Jerusalem is under Roman occupation. Jews live as political exiles in their own city. Soldiers march the streets, quickly resorting to violence in even minor altercations. Entertainment involves brutality and death. It is a culture ready to spill blood—only ...

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What is the Biblical Response to Terrorism?
June 17th, 2016

What is the Biblical Response to Terrorism?

Randy Petersen

O LORD, how long must I call for help before you listen, before you save us from violence? Why do you make me see such trouble? How can you stand to look on such wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are all around me, and there is fighting and quarreling everywhere ...

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What Last Days in the Desert Taught Me About Jesus’ Humanity
June 7th, 2016

What Last Days in the Desert Taught Me About Jesus' Humanity

Christina Miller

Last week I took the train from Philadelphia to New York to see Last Days in the Desert , a new film written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia about Jesus temptation in the wilderness. Garcia focuses on Jesus journey out of the desert toward Jerusalem, adding in an ...

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How to Read the Bible’s Difficult Passages
May 31st, 2016

How to Read the Bible’s Difficult Passages

Theron Huff

Ever have one of those moments where you read a passage and cannot believe its actually in Scripture? Keep reading and youre sure to find one—whether its Jesus teaching about hating our brother or sister, Elisha and the bears, or God commanding the slaughter of a nation, there are ...

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