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The Justice Series: The Story of Israel

In Op-Eds by Mike Kelly

Creation, by God’s very pronouncement, is “very good” at its inception (Gen 1:31). Last week we explored the goodness of creation and this goodness, completeness, as providing a launching point for the biblical narrative from the perspective of justice.

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Reflections From My Six-Year-Old on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In Op-Eds by Tracy Thomas

Today, as we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., let’s pray for that justice to come. Let’s give thanks to God for the work He has done and is doing in our nation. Let’s ask Him to bring forth the healing, reconciliation, and peace that Dr. King envisioned, lived, and died to inspire. Let’s ask the Lord to root out the racism hiding in our own hearts and help us show our children how to display His love for all people.

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The Justice Series: The Beginning of Justice

In Op-Eds by Mike Kelly

Last week we began to explore what the Bible says about this potentially nebulous concept of “justice,” trying to expand our vision beyond merely the punishment of the wrongdoer, towards a vision of the world where things work rightly, where things are in harmony. Where people, communities and nature itself, flourish. This, we saw, is what the Bible often refers to as shalom (“peace” in many English translations).

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Remember the “Do Not Fear” of God

In Op-Eds by Esteban Fernandez

Every time we start a new year, we say that there are 365 new opportunities to do good things, to carry out kindness and to show mercy to others. But sometimes, when the year ends, instead of being excited about the future, we’re fearful. We examine the past days and can be engulfed by failures and fatigue. We may feel overwhelmed by disappointment. Instead of seizing new opportunities, we become immobilized by fear.

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The Justice Series: Justice and Shalom

In Op-Eds by Mike Kelly

What is “justice?” As we set out over the next several weeks to explore what the Bible teaches about “justice,” we first need to back up and make sure we know what we are striving towards. As we begin to ponder what the Bible teaches about this rather nebulous idea, we must first make sure we have the right concept of what the Bible actually is.

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Life Behind the Mask: How Social Media is Affecting Today’s Youth

In Op-Eds by Stephen Cave

Young people feel compelled to create an identity for themselves that’s false. John Tyson, pastor of a church in New York, talks about this. He calls it keeping up the image and discusses how difficult it can be. Our kids and youth are exhausting themselves, trying to keep up appearances, trying to keep multiple conversations going on multiple social media channels.