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  • Half the Sky: When You’re Ready to ACT to Bring All Girls Back: The Esther Initiative

    On Wednesday, May 07 th, 2014
    So the guy with white hair spoke under half the sky, spoke under a flinging of stars. Spoke like he was made up of some star-dust from the Star-breather, some cosmic flame burning up his bones. Like he was a wide-eyed kid who caught a bit of a comet and lit. The lady beside me
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  • A Letter to the North American Church: Because it is Time

    On Thursday, June 20 th, 2013
    Dear North American Church, After a Sunday morning in Africa, you don’t look the same to me. You look hungry. Hungrier than anything I’ve seen in Africa. Because after I watched that Ugandan woman? That one woman with no shoes and no husband and 7 kids, walk up to the front of the church and
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  • Why You Are Where You Are: For Such a Time as Now

    On Tuesday, June 18 th, 2013
    It’s like the skin of this place is red. Everywhere, red soil sheathes things, like hardly under the surface of Africa’s dirt is her heart. Like you could scratch your toe here and feel the pulse of what’s alive. Everywhere here is a thin place. We drive red roads to meet Anna. We pass bicycles
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  • So God Made a Mother:
    When the Giving Tree is Really The Giving Mother *Updated

    On Monday, May 06 th, 2013
    So, sure, there was this talk of The Giving Tree – but there wasn’t one of us who didn’t know all along it was you, The Giving Mother. You who leaned over a stove and stirred and let spices fall like leaves and you ladled and we slurped and it would be remembered when we
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  • The 1 Thing Radical Really Definitely Has to Look Like — Right Where We Are

    On Friday, March 15 th, 2013
    No one just straight up tells you that the things you’ve seen — become what you see. That you’ll close your eyes a thousand nights from now and it will all be real again — where you were and what they wore, that one look, that one moment, that one frame. That you’ll see the
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  • What Does a bit of Radical Christianity Really Look Like —- Right Where You Are? {Pt 2}

    On Wednesday, January 23 rd, 2013
    When I first read her story on the screen, I want to drive a for sale sign into the front lawn and sell all the pigs. Mainly because I don’t think I can shoe horn a few hundred hogs into a suitcase — and there’s now way around it: my heart’s already left on a
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  • Because We’re Women in a Long Line of Women {*UPDATED at bottom of post}

    On Tuesday, December 11 th, 2012
    It wasn’t planned or anything, no more than you can get all your ducks lined up in a row — no more than you can stop love from breaking free. I just bent a bit on a December 11th, bent and swayed and prayed, and I had two babies on the same day, December 11th
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  • Baby Steps: Just. Do. Something.

    On Thursday, September 13 th, 2012
         
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  • 10 Real Ways You Could Really Be the Change in the World

    On Thursday, July 19 th, 2012
    In the days after, my throat about seals off. On the edge of the bed in the dark before morning, all I can do is is sit at the edge of the world and close my eyes, wince through every hard searing. It hurts and it doesn’t matter because there’s no getting around it —
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  • The 1 Thing You Really have to Know About Your Family

    On Tuesday, July 17 th, 2012
    Iam not going to lie. When your kin comes knocking on your own back door — come to ask how that trip to Haiti went — how can you look them in the eye and lie? How can you lie still when babies are drowning in a sea of poverty? How can you not scream?
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  • weekends are for the best worship

    On Saturday, July 14 th, 2012
    Coming to you live from our drive through Port Au Prince this morning…. {Please consider clicking off music slider just below top nav bar to hear the best kind of worship — right in the midst. RSS readers can view video here… } and what song’s on repeat in my heart Caleb and sweet Kechnaider
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  • What You Really Need to Know Before You Step Out into the World

    On Tuesday, July 10 th, 2012
    What have you got to make sure you really know before you step out into the whole wide world? Maybe you just keep stepping into the gloriously messy world and God makes it clearer than you’d ever hoped? I fly to Haiti with Compassion, with you, our oldest son on the brink of stepping out
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