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Tribute to Danm

  Danm’s funeral is this afternoon. She was the grandmother of the family who Shelly and I lived with when we first moved to Haiti, with whom we’ve stayed very close for these past ten years. I wrote about Danm in my first book, especially in a chapter “Us. Them.” in which she’s sharing her […]

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Do You Know How a Baby Comes Out?

My brother and sister-in-law just had a baby (yea!). He told my almost 8-year-old daughter and I the story on speaker phone. It was special to listen together. After hanging up, I realized that we (her parents) had neglected to tell my daughter quite how the whole birth process happens. “Do you know how a […]

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WHAT CAN WE SAY? Theology for Murder and for Living

(First on Huffington Post.) “Fred,” I ask in Creole last Friday in Port-au-Prince, “do you mind giving us a quick campus tour before we sit to talk?” I work with a nonprofit focused on education in Haiti, and Fred is one of twenty-five Haitian seminary students we give full scholarships to and who intern with […]

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How Should “We” Tell “Their” Stories? 6 Guiding Principles In Response to Kony 2012

How should we tell stories about people we’re trying to help? Individuals, churches, missionaries, and nonprofit groups should ask this regularly. The answer is inextricably bound to the very justice we’re trying to promote. The question now has a perfect case study. Joseph Kony recently became an Internet star through Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign. […]

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My Hypocrisy, To Dust?

“From dust you were formed, to dust you shall return.” Those are the Ash Wednesday words. Ashes were rubbed in a cross on my forehead. Maybe on yours too. I gave up soda for Lent. The weeks leading up were busy. Ash Wednesday was here; I hadn’t given much thought to this part of it. […]

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The Better Beard at Christmas

(Wrote this for InterVarsity’s blog.) I’ve never donned a beard or red suit for Christmas. So far that’s my personal line. But something happens when you have kids. Categories of cool, kitsch, hip, tacky, etc., no longer matter much. It’s a short distance from this to mowing the lawn wearing black dress tube socks with […]

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