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Trip Alters Perspective
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Trip Alters Perspective

Growing up in Brazil, I experienced many of the negative aspects of short-term mission trips, certain events and attitudes only witnessed by those on the receiving end. I watched as mission teams impacted the lives of orphans in my home city. The teams taught the orphans to open their hearts […]

Vote on key policies
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Vote on key policies

The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler and politics are getting heated. Election season is in full swing and the political pool is boiling with some controversial candidates. As you mull over who may take the title of commander in chief, think about the following considerations: In […]

End racism, continue conversations
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End racism, continue conversations

Colin Kaepernick played his first game of the season Sunday, October 16, but not everyone was pleased to see him out on the field again. Cans were thrown at him. T-shirts were made and sold depicting a target on his chest. By now, everyone is aware of his peaceful protest […]

Have faith that God is always moving
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Have faith that God is always moving

Over fall break eight John Brown University students, a faculty member and I took a trip to Chicago, Illinois to learn about issues of race and poverty within the city and our nation. We went on a trip hosted by Sunshine Ministries, located in Woodlawn, Chicago, a neighborhood in the […]

Christians: stand up for religious freedom
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Christians: stand up for religious freedom

On October 5 the Siloam Springs Herald Leader published a front page column about how the Siloam Springs school bus drivers can no longer play religious music, or turn on KLRC. Apparently, the school district received a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation by a “concerned parent” arguing that […]

Go and make disciples
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Go and make disciples

At some point, the modern church’s perception of Christ’s commandment to go and make disciples was drastically altered and confined into a future ideal of great achievement. Far too often when I hear Christ’s call to “go and make disciples of all nations,” my mind jumps to God’s calling in […]

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Friendship vital for health

Aristotle said, “In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.” Based on years of medical and psychological […]

Black lives aren’t respected in America
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Black lives aren’t respected in America

Growing up in Dallas, Texas, I never saw tension between races. Everything around me was diverse; my schools, my church and even the extra-curricular activities I was involved in. Then the incident with Trayvon Martin happened, and it really heightened my attitudes and senses of the issues between black and […]

Diversity key to a healthy community
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Diversity key to a healthy community

Community. Everyone on campus has heard this word so many times it doesn’t even sound like a word anymore. Merriam-Webster defines community as “a group of people who live in the same area” or “a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.” There is obviously a […]