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Sarah is an author of five books, a freelance event producer, and Chief Servant to a four-year-old Emperor and his one-year-old Chief of Staff. You can read more about her at or see more content from this book at

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I Challenge You to Read All the Ferguson Evidence From Both Sides

(12) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 12:14 PM

I'm a writer. And to make matters worse, I write about connectedness. About the relationships that bind us to other people in our communities. So it'd be hard for me to NOT write about Ferguson.

But the more I scrolled through my social media feeds, the less I felt like...

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Is Connectedness Slipping Through Our Texting, Tweeting Fingers? Recent Headlines Suggest We Should Be Worried

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 2:18 PM

Like many people, I'm sometimes jarred by headlines that offer up extreme examples of society-gone-terribly-wrong.

Not long ago, for example, I blogged about what happened when a retiree told the Sydney police office she could not reach another 86-year-old resident who lived alone. Officers who checked in on the resident...

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Should Convictions About Friendship Be Listed Among Christians' Essential Beliefs?

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 12:09 PM

A couple weeks back, I read blogger Victoria Fedden's comical Back to School post with interest. She didn't have to try hard to point out how laughably complex it has become to just prep one's children for the new school year.

I think her post connected with so...

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After Ferguson: Are Christians Even On the Same Page? Progress Requires Working Together

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 2:46 AM

As the country continues to sort through the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, few are surprised that some of the most outspoken commentators are those from the faith community.

But what might be surprising is how people in the same religion can come to such startlingly different views...

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What Needs to Rise Out of the Ashes of Christendom? Immigration Reform.

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Shaped By Our Ashes

Religious history, Christianity's included, is often scarred by its worst moments, but it is also shaped by them.

I don't know many people of faith who aren't troubled by the evils woven into their traditions: the violence, the war, the oppression... not to mention the...

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From the Front Lines of Ferguson: A Community Organizer Explains How People of Faith Can Help

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 8:01 PM

After writing "Thank God That Is Happening In Ferguson and Not Here," and weeding through reader comments both here and on Facebook, I decided to press in and look for practical ways readers like myself can engage what is happening in Ferguson.

Wednesday afternoon, I had the chance...

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Thank God That Is Happening In #Ferguson and Not Here

(17) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 10:45 AM

It's so profoundly important that we, living elsewhere in the U.S., don't squelch the concern in our souls by saying, "Thank God that is happening in Ferguson, Missouri and not here."

Don't you agree it is tragically easy -- in the jumble of to-do lists, multi-tasking, and smart phone notifications...

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The Injustice of Silence: Why Our Culture Pulled Mark Driscoll Over For a Broken Headlight

(45) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 5:39 PM

Pastor Mark Driscoll's rise to prominence has always confused me.

It's not that I don't think he has the goods. Mark is a talented communicator. As his official bio points out, Mark's sermon podcasts regularly top iTunes and this Sermon Central piece even claims he achieves...

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Hospitality Beyond the Holidays: 10 Influencers Who Make Room for Others Year Round

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 4:40 PM

I often find the holidays to be refreshing.

Though some may find it trite when their Facebook feeds fill up with posts about gratefulness, I enjoy the gentle reprieve. To hear people intentionally looking for the good when so many days it is the bad that...

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6 Ways You Can Have a Meaningful Holiday, No Matter When Walmart Opens

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 3:22 PM

The Holiday Rush Goes Against Our Best Instincts

Retailers may begin staging artificial Christmas trees 17 seconds after the Back-to-School sale signs come down. It may seem true that they set up holiday displays earlier and earlier every year. But it is also true that we -- the savvy, trying-not-to-be-consumeristic...

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Kissing the Political or Theological Hand That Makes You Shudder: A Challenge From Saint Francis

(7) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 12:16 PM

That Awkward Conversation

You've probably been there as many times as I have.

You're sitting among a group of friends when someone casually mouths off about their political or religious "other" (i.e. opponent). Their tone ices over and they roll their eyes almost out of their head, as if anyone...

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If I'm Changing the World for the Better Why Do I Feel So Bad?

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Sometimes I wonder if life's greatest challenge is not finding your purpose in life, but surviving it.

I was born with one of those dangerous change-the-world dispositions.

If you're a problem-solving, cause-lobbying type, you probably know exactly why I say this is dangerous. But just in case you don't, let...

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Can Opinionated Christians Foster Good From Disagreements Over Health Care?

(48) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 4:26 PM

The Affordable Care Act -- more popularly known as Obamacare -- and Jesus may seem like they have a few things in common.

The legislation aims to widen health coverage to all Americans, particularly perhaps "the least of these." It prohibits insurance companies from canceling coverage if people get...

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Angry in the Name of Jesus: 5 Ways to Curb the Government Shutdown Hatefest on Social Media

(80) Comments | Posted October 13, 2013 | 6:52 AM

As it turns out, not everyone in my social media feeds is on the same side.

As I noted in "When Christians Turn Facebook Into Hatebook," my online followers are a melting pot of friends and acquaintances from all the communities I've been part of; all the communities...

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You're Going to Hate the Next Billy Graham

(10) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 8:16 PM

Photo by Paul Walsh

For a lot of people of faith, Billy Graham emits some sort of Moses-esque supernatural glow, as if he regularly comes to us from seeing God face-to-face on the mountain-side.

We follow his unusually long and steady path...

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7 Tips for Avoiding Burnout While Investing in Your Charitable Cause or Ministry

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 5:16 PM

If you haven't experienced burnout, check your pulse. Anyone who is invested in a cause for a significant length of time eventually faces stretches of discouragement, low energy, and lack of motivation.

So if you secretly recognize, even if you've told no one, that you are on the edge of...

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5 Myths of Current Christian Culture That Detract From Faith

(28) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 7:28 PM

While ruling Rome, Marcus Aurelius was concerned he might let his power go to his head. As legend has it, Aurelius hired a servant to literally follow him around as he walked the empire's streets. Every time a citizen bowed a knee or called out a word of praise, Marcus...

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