September 29, 2015

Spiced Arabic Coffee

Today is "National Coffee Day." Or, as I call it, just another day. In honor of this day when I drink lots of coffee (like usual), I'd like to share about my experience cooking spiced Arabic coffee I bought in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. During…
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September 28, 2015

Urban Church Planting

For the September issue of  Word&Way  (a Baptist magazine in the Midwest), I wrote the cover package on urban church planting. I hope the articles spark awareness and support for urban church planting efforts. The first article, Urban Church Planting Poses …
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September 21, 2015

Religious-Political Space in Cuba

I've enjoyed watching the news coverage this weekend of Pope Francis's visit to Cuba. The topics covered and the images published bring back memories of my visit to Baptists on the island nation last year (which, oddly, didn't get nearly as much a…
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September 16, 2015

Right to Work?

The annual veto legislative session in Missouri started today, bringing legislators, lobbyists, and activists into downtown Jefferson City after several quiet months near the Capitol. Legislators will consider several important bills, but the so-called 'r…
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September 15, 2015

Lawless & Loveless

Back in college I traded cars with my parents one weekend since mine needed some work done. Unbeknownst to my dad - or so he claims - the speedometer on his car was off. So as I trekked off down the highway that weekend going a few miles an hour faster than …
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September 3, 2015

Aylan Kurdi

I lay by my sleeping son and stare. It sounds a bit stalkerish, and perhaps it is. I look at him and then back at this screen, hoping for words that make sense, hoping his peacefulness can heal my soul. Before nap time I looked at the news. Perhaps it was a m…
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