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Cindy Brandt
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Cindy Brandt writes from Taiwan on faith, social justice, and life at Cindy Brandt (www.cindywords.com). She serves on the board of One Day's Wages (www.onedayswages.org), an international movement to fight global poverty. She has been featured on Sojourners, Taipei Times, Geez Magazine, and other popular blogs.

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Entries by Cindy Brandt

We Don't Need Sameness to Connect

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 4:43 PM

I have never had the privilege of a faith community catered to my cultural background.

Although born to a Taiwanese family, I was exposed to a western education (at age 10); far too young to relate to local Taiwanese children. And yet with my dark hair and yellow skin,...

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The Boy Who Did Not Come Back From Heaven

(26) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 11:11 AM

In 2010, the book, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, was released. At the time, I believe I gave this news about 0.3 percent of my attention. 0.1 percent was spent lamenting terrible theology prevalent in popular Christian book market. I don't believe we die and are snatched up...

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When Fey/Poehler Are My People

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 5:33 PM

Living in a different time zone, I was not able to watch the live coverage of the Golden Globes but I turned to the next best thing: Twitter. It didn't take long before the newsfeed sounded out a collective gasp from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Bill Cosby rape joke:

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Born Again, or Blind?

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 5:23 PM

I am more and more convinced that beauty lies in the margins.

Raised in evangelicalism, we often prayed to reach those who remain in the darkness, that God would open their eyes and see the truth. We had been born again. A veil had been magically lifted off our...

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What I Learned Living Cross Culturally As a Christian

(6) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 5:16 PM

I have lived cross culturally almost my entire life. Born in Taiwan, I knew one language, one culture and one worldview until I was introduced to the strange habits of the West at age 10. As my tongue adjusted to swirling out two diverse languages, I began to know life...

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All I Want for Christmas Is the Gift of Uncertainty

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Have you ever been enamored by a child's sense of wonder? Their incredulous awe in myths like the tooth fairy and Santa, their wide-eyed anticipation of unwrapping a present?

We are most inspired by the unknown.

A magic trick -- how did they do it?!
A...

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Six Ways to Flex Your Empathy Muscle

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 1:25 AM

Giving Tuesday!
End of Year Campaign!
Save a life, spread Christmas cheer!

I don't know about you, but my inbox is filled with charities and NGOs rolling out various holiday campaigns to solicit funding. Many of them rely on this season to sustain operations for...

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Peace, Peace. But for Whom?

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 7:02 AM

When I was living in China, taxis were a convenient and cheap mode of transportation. One time, our taxi driver got into a small fender bender. The cabbie of the offended party got out of his car and began walking towards us shouting angry retorts, garbled in the thick Tianjin...

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5 Reasons the Senior Crowd Is the 'It Crowd'

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 11:26 AM

One significant difference between Eastern and Western perspectives is how we treat the elderly. Although modern society is eroding some of our Chinese traditional values, in general, there is still more respect and honor for the elderly than our western counterparts. Western society is highly youth-centric: valuing industriousness, productivity, and...

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An Open Letter to Missionaries

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 10:47 PM

Dear Missionaries,

I like to tell people I'm a missionary convert, because I wear this genesis of my faith journey proudly like a badge of honor. I heard the story of Jesus from your lips, sang the songs of worship in your language, and prayed for the concerns in your...

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My Cause Is Better Than Your Cause

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 6:53 PM

A while back, a blog post speaking into the pain of miscarriage was making its rounds on the internet. Having never miscarried (that I know of), or grieved the death of any child, I asked my friend who lost her two month old son whether she...

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What Jesus Really Thinks About Dying With Dignity

(5) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 5:05 PM

Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old newlywed with a diagnosed terminal illness is choosing to end her life in a dignified manner. Since then, there have been an overwhelming response from my fellow Christians decrying this decision, an Open Letter from Kara Tippetts hosted by wildly...

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What If the Bible Were Written Like a Blog

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 6:12 PM

It's fascinating how literary conventions evolve. Language truly is the basic building block for culture, and how we communicate matters almost just as much as what we say. The blogging enterprise has certainly changed the convention of print, to the point where new phrases and grammar rules are being invented...

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When Prayer Becomes Control

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Andrew W.K. at the Village Voice received a question from someone whose brother was diagnosed with cancer. In his grief, he is frustrated by his Grandma's prayers and sees them as "superstitious nonsense". Andrew's brilliant response is a very worthwhile read, in which he positions prayer...

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Will the Truth Really Set Us Free?

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 4:36 AM

One of the values my mother stressed in her parenting was honesty. She tells stories of how all she had to do was produce the instrument of discipline and my older sister would start bawling and tell the truth, with dramatic flair and embellished details. Me, on the other hand,...

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The Ordinary Saves

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Is it just me, or does everyone else's newsfeeds read like the world is going to hell? I mean, seriously, the torrent of bad news is so unrelenting that no amount of kitten pictures and feel-good Upworthy videos can hold up against it. I wonder if the ALS ice bucket...

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Dancing at the Perimeters of Faith

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 5:39 PM

It was the beauty on the outside that drew me away.

Before social justice became trendy among evangelicals, people of all denominations, faiths, and philosophies had already been steadily working in the trenches without fanfare, caring for the least of these with a quiet strength.

Through seminary, I learned...

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How I Kissed Evangelism Goodbye

(127) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:27 PM

I went to the mecca of Evangelicalism for college. A beautiful campus in the suburbs of Chicago where I received a scholarship from none other than the Pope of Evangelicalism, Billy Graham, for my work in street evangelism. As in, speaking to random strangers on the street in order to...

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My Worst Fear About My Tween Daughter and the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 6:15 PM

Nearly 12 years ago, the OB/GYN maneuvered the ultrasound wand against my belly with the aid of cool gel and announced we were having a daughter. We looked adoringly into each other's eyes and reveled in that special moment, as new, first time parents do, while I tried to ignore...

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Irreverence Is the New Reverent

(9) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 6:46 PM

Faith: the dealing with the meaning of life, the matter of eternal salvation, the bedrock upon which we build our families and society. This is serious stuff. Irreverence, by definition, is a lack of respect for that which is serious. It would seem that finding faith in the irreverent is...

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