Tag Archives: race

If Jesus was brown and non-Western, shouldn’t some of our other heroes be too?

In search of some role models of faith for my children, I recently began looking for biographies of Christians through history. I found several highly recommended series: Encounter the Saints (Seton) Hero Tales (Bethany House) Men and Women of Faith … Continue reading

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5 myths that stop white people from facing race

While much has improved since the days of segregation laws and public lynchings, the struggle of racism has by no means gone away. It feels like there’s a racial battle nearly every week in the news; and I watch the stories … Continue reading

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Where to start when you’re afraid to talk about race

Truth be told, I identify with Rachel’s desire to don a different skin. I’ve often longed for a different appearance to disassociate myself from the harsh history of my race and to legitimize my passion for reconciling racial brokenness. Sometimes it feels like being white disqualifies me from a seat at the racial table. Continue reading

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The-best-ones-this-spring

the-ones-that-made-me-laugh 40 kids who got ridiculous detentions and don’t regret it. (This pretty much sums up my year teaching mostly freshmen…) Girl wears wrong shoes to graduation, falls hard. (This struck me as particularly funny since I just sat through a looong … Continue reading

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In honor of the steady faithful

“But I was exposed early to the real stuff – Top Shelf Christianity – Deep and Old Christianity. This kind is practiced by people who work until they stink and take life in great draughts. Their hands are as rough as … Continue reading

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Aching thoughts on Ferguson

It is the end of a long week with teenagers. #thankyouJesus They are precious, those half-baked and hope-filled ones, but they are entirely exhausting. In quiet moments, my heart hangs heavy from hints of broken lives and battered souls. They try to hide … Continue reading

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What I wish we’d remember a little louder on 9/11

I’m usually fairly quiet on 9/11 as it’s a day that holds a lot of memories. We lived 5 minutes from the Pentagon at the time and the plane crash shook the windows of our small apartment right along with my personal sense … Continue reading

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