I was raised to conform to a narrative of the good Christian life, and what I am discovering is that God is about busting the status quo of the narratives we have created. God wants us to write different scripts, explore off-beaten paths, and move upward and away from a prescribed life.
One of the greatest challenges any Christian faces is the risk of falling in love with the idea of being like Jesus (WWJD?) while failing to recognize what a life lived in his footsteps truly looks like.
May is AAPI (Asian-American and Pacific Islander) Heritage month. During this month, we need to remember the case of Kenneth Bae. We need to make a moral appeal for his release and put the spotlight back on his case.
I met two Mormon missionaries on a chilly spring evening when my husband and I attended the musical "The Book of Mormon." They were handing out copies of the LDS Scriptures -- aka the original Book of Mormon -- near the theatre entrance, and I couldn't resist talking with them.
For several years, I have waged an internal battle on how to bridge the gap between these two worlds: Latin America became one reality, and the Bible Belt of Kentucky another. In this disjointing of my life, the plague of stereotypes has become all too common.
Although Scott England spends much of his year touring the US with his band members, he travels frequently to countries Latin America and Africa, pitching in on building or medical missions and offering his talents in song with his trusty acoustic guitar.
Matthew thinks that the church is fundamentally a missionary church, and he conceives of its mission concretely as a "going" to all nations in not being a fuel of domination and power but in making disciples.
In a genre not known for its subtlety, this musical stayed away from stereotypes, portraying its two missionary heroes as deeply earnest, deeply flawed, and often deeply conflicted about their own beliefs.