Category Archives: Current Events

Communication: NPR, Facebook, The Declaration of Independence and the Bible

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Communication is not as easy as it seems. We each speak, write and interpret words based on our experience, education, opinions, and temperament. Without understanding the individual who is communicating or the context from which the message arises, the possibilities for … Continue reading

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Five Minutes of Refugee Reading

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Do you have five minutes to educate yourself about refugees? If so, keep reading. Conversations with friends about refugees go something like this, “The number of refugees world wide is going up and refugee resettlement in the US is down … Continue reading

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Cultural Pressure and Finding Freedom

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“What will people think?” We may not have that conscious thought when we communicate, post on social media, or decide what to wear, but let’s be honest, it is always in the back of our minds. A book, The Invention of … Continue reading

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Lines in the Sand: Guns and Refugees

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Back in February, while flipping through Facebook, I clicked on a World Relief video about immigration and an article by Brene Brown on gun control. The first demonstrated what the second described – a line in sand mentality that cuts off … Continue reading

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Charlottesville, Harvey and Compassion

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The unsettling rally in Charlottesville took place over three weeks ago, and in its wake we saw protests, removal of confederate statues, and a number of thoughtful news stories and editorials. Hurricane Harvey blew through southern Texas dumping massive amounts … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at Refugees

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Refugees were big news a couple months ago, but unfortunately the national discussion has moved on. President Trump has decided that there will be fewer refugees allowed into the U.S. this year. Last year the number of refugees was 110,000; this year it … Continue reading

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Election Musings

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Election day is weeks away. I’ve always taken my vote seriously, for I believe that we have been given the privilege of a voice and that we should use it to the best of our ability. Making a decision in this election, however, … Continue reading

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An Alternative to Presidential Politics

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The demoralized and polarized political environment in the United States is getting more bizarre by the moment.  Donald Trump spouts off about anything and everything, except his actual plans, and continues to win primaries.  I don’t get it.  Bernie Sanders advocates socialism, and … Continue reading

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Terrorism, Refugees, and the Bible

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The news out of Paris over the weekend was horrifying.  Deliberate and brutal killing of innocents by terrorists is something that will never make sense to me.  I can’t get my head around it. One of the results is that fear … Continue reading

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The Wrath of God, End of the World, Guns, and Truth

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This Chicago Tribune story, Avoiding wrath of God – we’ll put it to a vote, by Rex W. Huppke, frustrated me.   I’m not sure if I’m more aggravated with the snarky put down of anyone who would believe such a foolish thing … Continue reading

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