Stand in the gap
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Protestors took over the streets of Charlotte, NC, last week after an officer-involved shooting. Many of the protests were peaceful. Some were violent.   As protestors shouted at police officers, Ken Nwadike Jr, the Free Hugs Guy, stood in the gap. Have you seen the video?* In the middle of rage and anger and fear, he stood his ground. He hugged police officers and protestors alike. He preached peace. He reasoned with them. He ran with the crowds. He encouraged... Read More
EpiPen epilogue
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Welcome to the mad world of Big Pharma. This summer parents of children with severe allergies went shopping for their emergency epinephrine injector devices for the fall semester and were shocked to find that the price for a twin pack had leaped up over the years to $600+. Something snapped in the national psyche, and consumer howls went up. Suddenly everybody now knows the name of Mylan, the marketing and distribution firm that sells the packs under the brand name... Read More
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“If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”  With that phrase, Dani Mathers, Playboy’s 2015 Playmate of the Year, uploaded a photo to Snapchat. Next to a picture of herself (laughing) was a photo of a naked woman in her 70s in the gym locker room. The public backlash was immediate and universal. She deleted the photo, claiming she thought she had sent it privately to a friend. (Because, apparently, that would have made it more acceptable?!) She even... Read More
The tide is going out in England
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I’m a little blue today. I read about Jason Weaver, the bass player for Christian music group Big Daddy Weave, whose diabetes caused incurable infections that resulted in the amputation of both of his feet. He appeared onstage in a wheelchair to great applause and support. I also read about the more than 500 murders that have taken place in Chicago with great sadness. We have had 103 already this year in Milwaukee. You can guess the demographics: 78% black,... Read More
Stick it to the devil and forgive
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I want to place before you another perspective on forgiveness. Forgiveness is core to the well-being of the individual and essential to the success of relationships, but that’s the thing. So often when we talk about forgiveness, it’s relative to me.  But what if forgiveness was about more than just you or me? In 2 Corinthians chapter 2, the apostle Paul teaches one of his churches how broad reaching the impact of forgiveness can be. After he’s encouraged the members... Read More
Share your story
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It’s been a somber past few days. The images of the evil of terrorism have been replayed. The footage of heroism and courage have run over and over again. It’s easy to say we’ll never forget. But occasionally we do. Part of it is because we’re distracted by foolish things. Part of it is because other tragedies—both around the world and in our lives—continue to happen, and we simply cannot maintain that level of emotion 15 years later. Still, it’s... Read More
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The sweet video flooded social media. Macey Wright, a 14-year-old girl from Utah who had been born with a congenital heart defect, learned she’d be getting a new heart. And she burst into tears. Her mom, Patrice, filmed the reaction because she wanted to share what getting that call is like. Her mom told ABC News, “Macey's . . . had to realize what that means to get a donor organ. That makes her sad for the [donor’s] family. She... Read More
"Taco trucks on every corner"
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The Trump campaign last week lit up twitterheads for the umpteenth time with a racist and xenophobic meme. What was different was that it was a Hispanic, Marco Gutierrez, who advised Americans that unless Mr. Trump got to build his big wall (which he thinks Mexico will pay for), “there will be a taco truck on every corner.” I doubt if Mr. Gutierrez is going to gain much traction among Hispanics for Mr. Trump with that kind of talk. I... Read More
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One of the most interesting date nights my husband and I had this past summer was to see a documentary called Minimalism.  Overall, there are a lot of things I love about the concept of minimalism—I doubt I’ll ever be an extreme minimalist, but I love the concept of having only the possessions I really need. Let’s face it: there are a lot of pros to having less stuff:  More financial stability  More freedom Less time spent on shopping, maintaining,... Read More
Cafeteria Christians
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You’ve met “cafeteria Christians,” haven’t you? I’ve met a half dozen people recently who told me, “I’m a cafeteria Catholic. I believe the basics, but I’m not into infallible popes . . . or purgatory . . . or mandatory celibacy for priests . . . or condemning birth control” . . . or whatever. They have fairly strong reasons for wanting to be part of a faith system, but they do not feel an obligation to endorse the entire... Read More