Hesston casts out fear

Mar 7, 2016 by

Christian writer and activist Shane Claiborne came to Hesston, Kan., Feb. 19-21 to say that love casts out fear and that followers of Jesus should live in proximity to people’s pain. Four days later, when a...

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Temptations of ego and fear

Feb 18, 2016 by

“Turn these stones to bread.” “Worship me to gain power over the kingdoms of this world.” “Fall from the pinnacle so we can all watch the angels swoop in and rescue you.” These are the temptations...

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Freedom from fear in Indonesia

Feb 1, 2016 by

The news of violence broke late in the evening in Phil­a­delphia, mid-morning in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 14. Philadelphia, where I live, has the largest concentration of Indonesian immigrants on the East...

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The way to cast out fear

Feb 1, 2016 by

It is said that peace is more than the absence of war. Real peace goes far beyond avoiding large-scale armed conflict. What, then, is peace the absence of? Perhaps it is the absence of fear. Or the shrinking...

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Real or not?

Dec 7, 2015 by

Last month, Mockingjay: Part 2 concluded the film version of The Hunger Games series, a dystopian story in which children are forced to fight to the death in a televised Survivor-like arena. President Snow...

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Reconciliation soup

Jun 2, 2015 by

I never knew you could make chicken noodle soup from scratch. Like sliced bread and chewy chocolate cookies, I thought there were secrets to making comfort foods that only grocery stores knew. In my family, if...

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Bluffton forum game show puts Ebola in context

Jan 19, 2015 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio — The emphasis was on perspective in “Ebola and Fear: A Public Health Perspective,” offered by Ross Kauffman Jan. 6 in a Bluffton University Forum. Outlining the disease’s history,...

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Deadly epidemic

Nov 10, 2014 by and

A public health crisis has infiltrated our North American sanctuary, a contagion so swift and indiscriminate that a moment’s contact has fatal consequences. Whenever a new strain of the virus breaks out,...

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Freedom of fear

Oct 7, 2014 by

The fear of the Lord isn’t a popular concept these days. The church has discovered the practical difficulties of attempting conversion by threat of lightning bolt. “God-fearing” preachers have...

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Leaving fear behind

Sep 15, 2014 by

What is it about Sept. 11 that keeps us from forgetting just exactly what we were wearing and what we were doing when we heard the news? My wife and I discussed the question. In her infinite wisdom, she...

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