What It Means to Be a Woman in a Male Dominated World

Shamed for being too vulnerable, chastised for being strong. No permission to be weak, balancing the world on your shoulders. If you refuse, it just may topple. Few take up the mantle, the burden, to care, raise, provide and protect, and still, 'May I,' litters your tongue lest your actions be mistaken for insolence, instead of …

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“I’m American, Too” – My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant

This article is the first piece in the ReDEFINING Blog Series which aims to dismantle the dominant, destructive, and inaccurate perceptions of people by crafting a new narrative for ourselves and defining who we are and who want to be. For more information about the series >  Guest blogger: Daniel Perez I wish I did not have to …

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I’m Blogging at Missio-Alliance Today: Diversity is Not Enough

Over the past year, I have come across countless resources calling for more churches to be racially and culturally diverse. I have had conversations with pastors and other church leaders wanting to do the diversity ‘thing,’ who are exploring how they might attract congregants of a skin color other than their own. In all honesty, …

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Wrestling with Existential Realities – Does God Exist for Us or We for God?

Do we want God to bless our efforts or do we want to be a part of efforts God is blessing? Do we want God to go with us, or do we want to go where He already is? Do we want to know God’s will for our lives or do we want to know …

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In the Absence of Worship

I’m not a huge fan of John Piper’s ministry. However, one of the best quotes I’ve heard comes from him: Missions exists because worship doesn’t. This is actually part of a fuller quote where Piper talks about worship being the central purpose of the Church and thereby should be central to the life of every …

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Returning to the Hood

About 13 years ago, I sat in my 11th grade Spanish class struggling to keep my eyes open. I was tired, having worked late the night before. After coming home from work, I spent an hour or two on homework before I hit the bed, maybe around 12 a.m. Then I was up no later …

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Glimpses of the Kingdom of God

In a world that is so torn apart by war, oppression, poverty and more, it is hard to believe that there was a time when it knew peace. It is hard to think that this same world that is characterized by power-grabbing, division, and hatred in this present day and age once enjoyed unadulterated love, …

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