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“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” — Romans 8:1–2 (NIV)

I have been aching this week with the fear that God will abandon me.

This is something I struggle with in waves, as I think is common with habitual difficulties. Having been raised in the church, I know intimately the response to this fear — Hebrews 13:5 (“Never shall I leave you or forsake you”), Matthew 28:20 (“Behold, I am…

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Let’s be honest with ourselves: we don’t really want to have the kind of political discussions that are necessary to build bridges between the political sides.

I certainly don’t! And it’s little wonder. Politics is a testy subject, so just by bringing it up we’re already entering a mine-field known to ruin family gatherings and end relationships. It also feels so good to blast our political opponents with a witty retort and a mic-dropping one liner. Engaging in actual political discussion that brings people together is hard work and is not nearly as fun.

So why do it? What’s the…

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It’s a belief found in almost every religion and ethic in the world — in Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, even Zoroastrianism: the Golden Rule. “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” (Matt. 7:12 [NIV]) Or maybe, “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.” (Confucius, Analects XV.24)

Simple as it sounds, we leave it behind the instant politics enters the conversation. Whether we’re scrolling through our feed and see a sarcastic meme or we’re engaged in a discussion, kindness and generosity are often the last things on our minds. It becomes far…

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I almost never talk about politics with anyone. Ever. Except in the context of my immediate family or extremely close friends I dodge even the least controversial of political questions because I do not want to get caught up in a debate. I also rarely post about politics on social media and when I do it always something extremely non-controversial.

My reluctance is not born of apathy. I am fiercely passionate about the issues. I love keeping up with current events, honing my views, and listening to others‘ discussions. …

Mandi Cooper

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