World Issues Category

God Help Us – Anti-Judaism


It’s easier to demonize the other than to take time to learn what the other is thinking, let alone to become friends with somebody who’s not you. In this episode, Annie is joined by Amy-Jill Levine, a Jewish New Testament scholar. In addition to her role as a professor of Jewish Studies and New Testament […]

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God Help Us – The Old Testament


Very few people change their mind about the Bible because of logic or study. Until you address the emotional commitment, you won’t see real change. In this episode, the Rev. Dr. J. P. Kang joins Annie to discuss the Old Testament. J. P. has been an Associate Pastor at Japanese Presbyterian Church of Seattle since […]

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God Help Us – Decolonization


In this episode on decolonization, I speak with Gabes Torres – researcher, artist, theologian, speaker, and therapist-in-training about her experience growing up in the Philippines and moving to the United States and her work as a theologian and artist who creates space for more generous and equitable hospitality. Find more from Gabes at gabestorres.com or […]

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Me, McCain, and our Shared Values


It feels pretty bonkers to wake up, pour myself a cup of coffee, sit down to an opinion piece by Senator John McCain, and feel better after reading it. But such are the times we live in. McCain wrote yesterday in response to comments made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who essentially said that values are […]

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My Sociopathic Leanings


As I sat in a conference room of about 50 people last summer, it slowly dawned on me: I am a sociopath. Incredibly well adapted, but definitely a sociopath. I cautiously glanced around at everyone else in the room as they diligently filled in the answer bubbles on their DISC assessment forms and read through […]

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Biblical Truth and Real Life


Originally posted on Reconciling Ministries Network blog on February 4, 2013. For most of my life, I have taken scripture for granted. Not only the pages and words themselves, but the cultural implications embodied in the reading and understanding of it. It’s obvious that Jesus and his group of misfit sidekicks live in a very […]

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Treats and Snoozin’. Snoozin’ and Treats.


On Thursday, September 20, after nearly 14 years of love and napping, we said good-bye to Donald Dog. From the time he was a small pup, Donald spent approximately 85% of his time laying on the heating vents around the house, warm to the touch and a bit dehydrated, but snug as a bug. Often […]

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Sunday in Suburbia


This week marked the inaugural meeting of the Sunday Wear-Yoga-Pants-to-a-Chain-Restaurant Lunch Club, or SWYPCRLC. Four of us convened at the Lynnwood Olive Garden and discovered that it’s true what they say: the diet coke really is excellent. They also have more plastic grapes incorporated into their décor than I’d previously thought possible. Chanda pretty much […]

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Bizarre Indeed…


Ten Bizarrely Mistaken Beliefs Americans Hold About Themselves – The Atlantic. On everything from foreign aid to the cost of NPR – it’s 50% of the budget, right? No? Only 1/100 of 1%? That’s not embarrassing… – this article covers just how much we as a nation overestimate some fairly basic numbers. I’ll give you […]

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After All This Time…a Cure?


It’s too soon to get our hopes up, but… Repelling Bugs With The Essence Of Grapefruit by RICHARD KNOX Researchers at the Centers For Disease Control are working on a new all-natural insect repellent. It not only keeps bugs away — it kills them in seconds. April 18, 2011  It’s bug season again. And once again, […]

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