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Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor As Yourself

Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor As Yourself

[I first posted this piece back on March 24th prior to CNN’s special on Muslims in America. It was mentioned by Soledad O’Brien herself and became one of the most poplar posts on Activist Faith. With the start of Ramadan today, the Muslim holy month, I thought it appropriate to share for those of you who have yet to read and consider the implications of loving our Muslim neighbors as ourselves.] CNN’s upcoming special “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door” airs March 27th, highlighting...

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Changing Lives, One Verse at a Time

Changing Lives, One Verse at a Time

Social media offers more ways that ever before to communicate faith. The creative team at OneVerse.org has launched an exciting new platform that allows everyday people the opportunity to help provide Bible translations to some of the 340 million people who have yet to hear the Bible in their native language. How does it work? By focusing on involving people to sponsor one verse to one language group. The concept is brilliant and one that is catching on. With its new artist representative...

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Write a Letter, Change a Life

Write a Letter, Change a Life

Did you know you can actually write letters to Christians who have been arrested because of their faith? At PrisonerAlert.com, you can write a letter to the persecuted believer listed each month. This is an opportunity to encourage a believer imprisoned for their faith in a very personal and direct way. Just this week, I wrote a quick note to an imprisoned believer in Afghanistan name Said Musa to encourage him to remain strong. I also blogged a brief article to help others know of his...

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Is Education Good for the Soul?

Is Education Good for the Soul?

With the exponentially-rising cost of higher education in America, pundits have recently suggested formal education is “less important” than in the past. Blaming a combination of the economy and liberal philosophies of public education, increasingly even religious people are suggesting people skip college to enter the military or workforce. But is education good for the soul? In other words, is a college education a help in the long-run for those of us who follow Jesus? I would...

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Erasing Racism

Erasing Racism

Today is my birthday. It’s also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It’s not every year I am able to share my birthday with a national holiday, and I’m honored to enjoy my birthday on the same day as one of our nation’s heroes. To celebrate, I’m “leaking” an adapted excerpt from my upcoming book Undefending Christianity: Embracing Truth Without Having All the Answers (Harvest House, March 2011). Enjoy! +++ In kindergarten, racism was not part of my...

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Five Ways Technology Will Influence Faith in 2011

Five Ways Technology Will Influence Faith in 2011

Faith and technology have always been an interesting mix. From the parchment to printing press to pixels, Scripture and how we understand have been influenced in a variety of ways due to the communication medium involved. To begin 2011, I thought I’d share a few predictions of my own, to suggest how technology will influence faith in 2011: 1. Increased Transparency: With the mainstream use of video chat via mobile phones, almost nothing in the church or Christian world will be able to...

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Praying for Pakistan

Praying for Pakistan

As many of us enjoy Christmas Eve and prepared to celebrate the holidays with family, please keep in mind to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan. Several demonstrations are scheduled this week over proposed changes to the nation’s blasphemy law. This law has been recently utilized to sentence Asia Bibi, a 45-year old mother, to the death penalty for her Christian beliefs. Please pray for religious freedom in Pakistan, Christians living there, and peace during these...

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