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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

Raising Children Un-Fundamentalist: Part 2

(2) 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

(66) 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

(77) 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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What if Jesus Wasn't the Answer

(23) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 7:06 AM

I gave up street evangelizing a long time ago. It was a short-lived career; a few weekends into town with a friend, praying for God to help us meet someone we can share Jesus with. It quickly (thankfully) became clear to me that this business of following God is much...

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5 Things Blogging Taught Me About the Bible

(7) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Writing has taught me a lot about sentence structure and grammar, but more importantly, it has shown me how to make connections, to practice vulnerability and to pay attention to our world. Specifically, it's given me a deeper appreciation for other written content; words I used to simply consume without...

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A Christian Guide to #DressGate

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 11:41 AM

By now you have seen the dress, and gone through the stages of denial, bewilderment, and acceptance of how your perception of color differs from the next person. You may have even read The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress. But you may not...

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We Don't Need Sameness to Connect

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 3:43 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 | 10:11 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 | 4:33 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 | 4:23 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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