We Don’t Choose Who’s In

The desire to be right is something everyone has. Sometimes this desire can turn into fundamentalism, which seeks to separate those who are right and those who are wrong. Fundamentalism can pop its head into any system, such as sports fans who separate the “true fans” from the “bandwagon fans.”…

Will the American Church Survive the Presidential Elections?

I am not American. Not in any way or form. I am, however, Evangelical. Our churches in Lebanon have organic connections to the church in the US. I also happen to live in a place where the US is actively involved, for good or bad. So as an invested outsider,…

Sitting With Jesus

In 2014, my husband and I moved from the USA to Queensland, Australia, to join a fantastic group of Jesus-followers living out the Kingdom through a living room gathering and community connections. It was beautiful. It was formative. It embodied sitting with Jesus. While living in Aus, I got involved…

Can Christians Participate in Riots?

Protests. Peaceful protests and riots. We have had them in Lebanon since October 17. The US is witnessing some of the most widespread (and violent) protests/riots since the 1960s civil right movement. How should Jesus followers respond? Perhaps it is clear for us that we should reject oppression. But what…

Dismantling My Worldview

Developing a Christian worldview is a topic that often comes up in Christian circles. A proper Christian worldview should give one the biblical lens to interpret the world and events around them. If the Bible gives Christians the full revelation of what they need to know to understand the world,…

The Theology of Convenience (Part 1)

The article is similar to many that are coming out these days: vignettes of hope and despair in the face of tragedy. In this case it’s a Reuters special report on a COVID-19 outbreak in a small meatpacking town. It’s close to home geographically: Guymon is in the area where…

Christianity and the Art Xenophobia

Only those who have the courage to suspend their discomfort long enough to self-reflect and disentangle their fear from the presence of their other, will see that there is a third way. We don’t always need to fight or run, we can also choose to embrace our discomfort and explore it. It takes a stronger, more mature individual to extend compassion and openness to our other, whom by the way, is just as uncomfortable with the experience as you.

When We Can Touch Again

I’ll be honest, I had a hard time titling this piece. (My first for Misfits. Greetings?) Each iteration of a title involving “touch” towed the line between sounding perverse, or like the title to a 90s R&B bop. You can see I went with the latter. But the awkwardness is…

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