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The story of the Good Samaritan made me realize that mental self-care requires that we do occasional attitude checks to see if we’re harming ourselves (and others) by our firmly held beliefs. #MAGA #Christian #evangelical #marijuana #pitbull #goodsamaritan #selfcare #SelfCareSunday

Be a Good Samaritan in a Politically Contentious World

The story of the Good Samaritan made me realize that mental self-care requires that we do occasional attitude checks to see if we’re harming ourselves (and others) by our firmly held beliefs. #MAGA #Christian #evangelical #marijuana #pitbull #goodsamaritan #selfcare #SelfCareSunday

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I've lived long enough to know that the world contains more shades of grey now than ever before. How should we as Christians respond to transgender people who choose to transition? This new book from Jonathan Williams will help you navigate your response. #LGBTQ #Transgender #Christian #Transition #SocialJustice

How Should Christians Respond to Transgender People?

I’ve lived long enough to know that the world contains more shades of grey now than ever before. How should we as Christians respond to transgender people who choose to transition? This new book from Jonathan Williams will help you navigate your response. #LGBTQ #Transgender #Christian #Transition #SocialJustice

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Sometimes, we make Christianity more complicated than we need to. We create God in our image and his desires in the image of our preferences. Rusty George's new book shares a simple path to following Jesus that all of us need to know. #mercy #justice #socialjustice #followingjesus #christianity

Looking for a Simple Path to Following Jesus?

Sometimes, we make Christianity more complicated than we need to. We create God in our image and his desires in the image of our preferences. Rusty George’s new book shares a simple path to following Jesus that all of us need to know. #mercy #justice #socialjustice #followingjesus #christianity

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The Need to Fight for Faith and Equality

You shouldn’t read this book…or maybe you should. It made me question a lot of my worldviews and how I see myself. Am I a feminist? A personist? Why do we still need to fight for faith and equality? What has the church been doing all this time? #sexism #racism #womensordination #patriarchy #complementarianism #headship #socialjustice #equality #bookreview

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Why I Won’t be Watching the Super Bowl this Year

What does the Super Bowl have to do with the word ‘convenient?’ Good question. I hesitate to admit it, but it has taken me this long to figure out that the entire world doesn’t skate around in the same rosy glow of privilege that I enjoy. After all, I’ve always considered that as a woman, I was an underdog and therefore excluded from the ‘privileged’ label. Misogynistic men chap my hide, and I speak up and speak out about the…

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Sex Scandals in American History: Have We Learned Anything?

Bringing Down the Colonel Trigger Warning: This post deals with a book about sexual predation that reveals one the biggest sex scandals in American history. Before I get to the book review, you should understand a few things about human psychology—bits and pieces that help guide us as we discuss sexual assault,rape, and harassment. You also need to know a few things about me.  Let me just state up front that I have nothing against men. I married a wonderful…

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How Can You Help Rewrite Negative Inner Dialogue?

We all have inner dialogue that plays on repeat and forms our core values about ourselves. What happens when that inner dialogue repeats negative messages hour after hour? The Toll of Negative Inner Dialogue I asked my students to spend ten minutes writing down their goals last week. Some of them came up with impressive lists of what they’d like to accomplish. A few just sat there. The next day, I asked them to list all the barriers they see…

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What Have We Done to the New Colossus (Lady Liberty)?

Proud to be an American I grew up thinking that I lived in the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave.’ My great country, the United States of America, had symbols and icons that proved this theory. As a country we have done a stellar job in instilling national pride through symbolism into our children. The colors that Betsy Ross stitched into Old Glory represent hardiness and valor (red), purity and innocence (white), vigilance, perseverance, and justice…

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The Politics of Freedom and What it Means to You

One important aspect of self-care lies in our responsibility to continue to develop our intellect beyond the four walls of the classroom. Wheels of Freedom I remember my first bicycle—a shiny green Huffy with a saddle seat and coaster brakes. The back wheel had a set of smaller training wheels attached. I eventually learned to ride by myself (thanks, Mom and Dad), and experienced new freedom. I cut pieces of cardboard and attached them to the bike frame with a…

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Why YOU Should Fight the Ocean of Hate

My Ocean of Regret I saw the news in an email from my husband whilst standing in a Starbucks in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. But I couldn’t cry then. My traveling companion had just turned to me to ask a question, and I didn’t want to burst into tears in front of her. The ocean of grief stayed locked inside. As we continued our drive, I caught myself laughing over the horrible mistakes I made speaking Spanish. I breathed in…

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