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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 is the author of Outside In: Ten Christian Voices We Can't Ignore. She has been featured on Sojourners, Taipei Times, Geez Magazine, and other popular blogs.

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Entries by Cindy Brandt

You Are Raising Good Kids

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2016 | 12:43 AM

Big congrats to fellow Christian blogger, Rachel Held Evans, and her husband for the arrival of their baby boy.

Towards the end of her pregnancy, Rachel wrote a blog post publicly announcing her one resolution as a new mother, and that is to never call...

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Why Are Religious Children Mean?

(92) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 2:58 AM

Having written extensively on how Christian parents can raise children un-fundamentalist, this article piqued my attention as it made its rounds on the internet: Religious children are meaner than their secular counterparts, study finds.

Surveying 1,200 children from Christian, Muslim, and non religious, the results...

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Three Reasons Why We Don't Pray the Sinner's Prayer With Our Children

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 10:26 AM

Praying for Jesus to be put into the hearts of our children is a seminal moment for evangelical families. It is believed to be the moment when children are saved, secured eternity in heaven, committed to follow Jesus for the rest of their lives. It is a significant and momentous...

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How to Learn Ignorance

(3) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 5:46 PM

My daughter is in seventh grade, next year she will be in eighth. She tells me this means she will be the King of Middle School. She will go to a leadership camp and learn what it means to cultivate leadership qualities in order to be a Good King for...

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Let's Talk About Sin

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 8:23 AM

Because it's been a while.

I have all but ousted the word "sin" from my Christian lexicon, referring instead to the more palatable-sounding, "brokenness," or the human "problem". As a bilingual, cross cultural worker, and a writer -- I believe as Christians we have much liberty to constantly re-imagine...

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Raising Children Un-Fundamentalist: Part 4

(3) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 12:49 PM

"Should I let my 12-year-old watch this rated R movie?"

"What are some Christian family-friendly songs appropriate for my elementary aged children?"

"Can my 8-year-old read Harry Potter?" (<== the answer to this is yes, OF COURSE)

These are the sorts of questions which plague many Christian parents, and the...

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Raising Children Un-Fundamentalist: Part III

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 1:12 PM

"God loves you and has a perfect plan for your life."

This was the alluring evangelical promise dangled before my generation. It is appealing, especially for a child, who enjoys the anticipation of a life not-yet-lived. It almost sounds like "God loves you and you will have a perfect...

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Raising Children Un-Fundamentalist: Part 2

(3) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 10:31 AM

I was a morbidly fearful child.

I was also a highly literate child, having learned to read before school years. My mother tongue is Mandarin, and the storybooks I consumed were Chinese folk stories. Some of them were harmless tales of developing moral character, but many recounted ancient Chinese...

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Raising Children Un-Fundamentalist: Part I

(20) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 2:04 PM

I am starting a new blog series, "Raising Children Un-Fundamentalist". It could be read as raising children as an un-fundamentalist parent, aka Christian blogger parent sorts out spiritual baggage online. Or, it could mean raising my children to NOT be fundamentalists, because that would be the best way...

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Are Culture Wars the Best Way to Talk About Life?

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 5:07 PM

Not too long after being introduced to John 3:16, I was taught Psalm 139:13. Now that I am a Christian, it's important I understand that Christians are anti-abortion, that life begins at conception, that terminating life is nothing short of murder. Throughout college, I carried the cause of the Pro-Life...

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When God Changed With Me

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 10:01 PM

"I can feel Your love in this place ~~" the chorus blasts at full volume, skilfully performed by the worship band on stage.

I felt nothing. No matter how many times they repeated the musical phrase, each time with increasing resonance complete with climactic chord changes, I felt nothing. I...

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Eat, Love & Be Vulnerable

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 9:50 PM

Marrying internationally means that cultural dissonance is a regular part of my life experience. We don't go very long before either one of us find ourselves in a situation that is counterintuitive to the way we were raised. For example, my husband and I often get questions curious about what...

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Gay Affirming and Christian

(65) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 3:54 PM

"I go to church. I want to learn about God. I slip quietly into the pews, and listen to the Word of God preached from the pulpit. I don't talk to others and leave quickly after the service."

My Taiwanese trans friend tells me this about his desperate hunger...

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How to Care About Climate Change When You're Not the Pope

(8) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 1:23 PM

The religious community is abuzz with commentary on the Pope's recently released encyclical on climate change and the moral imperative to address its consequences, borne disproportionately on the backs of the global poor. Caring for our environment as a theological concern is not a hard sell in most...

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Five Reasons Christians Should Do Comedy

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 10:06 PM

Humor in the church is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, what pastor doesn't like to start their sermon off with an attention-grabbing joke to wake people up in the pews? On the other hand, it can become incredibly tricky to navigate what is appropriate to joke about and...

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Christianity 101

(9) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 2:39 PM

I have a very intimate relationship with the missionary enterprise. I am a missionary convert, I became a missionary, and I now work at a school for missionary children. Missionaries are beautiful people who endeavor to bring Christianity to foreign lands.

It is an exciting thing to live at...

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Still an Angry Christian

(58) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Last year, I wrote a post titled "I am An Angry Christian," celebrating the gift of anger. I'm glad I wrote it, as it serves as a manifesto for myself, a reminder of how my anger compels me to hope. Especially since the time of that post, I...

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Beyond the Numbers of the PEW Survey: Is the Church Dying?

(25) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 3:50 PM

It seems from the moment we are born, our lives are constrained by the tyranny of numbers. For as long as I can remember, I let numbers rule my life, allowing it to dictate the state of my being. As a student, I paid zealous attention to my test scores,...

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Who Better to Teach the White Man Than the American Indian?

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 4:15 PM

This is an interview with Dr. Randy Woodley, a Keetoowah Cherokee Indian descendent, serving as Distinguished Associate Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Randy is active in ongoing concerns of emerging faith expressions, diversity, eco-justice, reconciliation, ecumenism,...

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I Don't Need You To Tell Me That You Don't Agree

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 5:15 PM

This happens often. Before someone quotes or highlights or refers to another person's remarks, they preface it with, "I don't agree with everything but..." then proceed to say something that they liked. I hear it in conversation with others, I see it on social media and I read it in...

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