When You See Life from Wrong Side of the Fence

When You See Life from Wrong Side of the Fence

I shoved my passport through the chain-link fence and shouted, “Permesso di soggiorno, permesso di soggiorno.” My two sons and I had arrived in Italy on the previous Friday morning to begin our sojourn as missionaries; Debbie, my wife, would arrive in a few weeks....

Why Your Church Should Practice Civil Christianity

We are nicer when we journey together. In writing about civility, Gil Rendle (“Behavioral Covenants in Congregations: A Handbook for Honoring Differences”) cites the work of Yale professor Stephen Carter, who argues that riding in a subway, bus or train...

When Hateful Words Groom People To Commit Violence

We learned it as children: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I assume it is to be a comfort to children when someone speaks unkind words to them. It occurs to me that it also could be a taunt that dares actual physical...