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    Heading in soon…with a few others

    As promised, I’m touching base with you prior to going to Somalia. Next time you hear from me, we’ll be back with, hopefully, a much clearer idea of the best opportunities for partnership. I’ve assembled a team of 7 people that will be going in …

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    Going to Somalia

    A door has opened to me that I believe I am to walk through. It’s not an easy door. And, I’m not exactly certain all that is on the other side. But this is one of those times that I just know it’s a step …

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    “You’re all Pharisees!”

    Dr. Larycia Hawkins was removed from Wheaton College for her “extreme views.” (She donned the Muslim women’s hijab, took a selfie with it on, and equated Allah with God.) Then we invited her to share at Simply Jesus. Between her and Shane Claiborne, well let’s just …

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    Black lives. White police. Brown Syrians.

    It’s typically unwise to provide wide-ranging social or political commentary right after a horrible tragedy.  The challenge however, is that in our current “tragedy-a-day” world and with 24 hour “news” coverage and social media blaring on our ears non-stop, waiting until things quiet down, might …

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    The Key to Everything – Paying Respect to Dr. Kenneth Bailey

    A year and a half ago I met with one of my three modern literary mentors, Ken Bailey. (The other two would be N.T. Wright and Dallas Willard). I’d always wanted to meet Ken, and finally, through some serious stalking, I made an appointment with …

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    Practical Ways to Reach Out to Muslims (Or Anyone Else). Tip #2: No Agenda

    I know, we all have an agenda.  Jesus had one.  His was multifaceted.  To serve.  To teach twelve. To live in a way we could see the Father.  To love.  To die.  And it seems the people he met never felt “used” by him.  He …

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    When You Don’t Know What To Do

    It was the evening of November 12th. Sitting with my dear friend Samir at his home in Saudi Arabia, I got a text from our daughter Anna who lives in Beirut: Don’t worry. I’m ok.   “Why would she say that,” I asked Samir. He …

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    Thoughts from N.T. Wright on the killing of Bin Laden

    I’ve been facilitating a small email forum on various topics and the recent killing of Osama Bin Laden naturally led the recent focus of discussion. Here’s what Tom (Dr. N.T.) Wright wrote to me last week. When I asked for his permission to post this on my site, this is what he said. “I am quite worried about the American exceptionalism which seems endemic in right-wing circles in your country, including alas right-wing Christian circles.”

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