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As you munch away on turkey leftovers (or just enjoy a normal day) I hope you find something below that’s food for thought (sorry for the pun… okay, not really).

On Not Being Controlled by Fear: The Murky Waters of Fearless Faith
When people ask me if and how my theology has changed since getting an education (college, then seminary), I say yes and no, but the most significant change is that I have quit believing in religion based on fear.
–> This is from my number one newly favorite blog!

On President Obama’s Christian Faith: The Gospel According to Obama
“Barack Obama has referred to his faith more times than most presidents ever have, but for many it’s the wrong kind of faith,” says Jim Wallis, head of Sojourners, an evangelical activist group based in Washington that focuses on poverty and social justice issues.

On sex trafficking being a local problem: Child Sex Trafficking: A Domestic Problem
Every single day, girls in Los Angeles are kidnapped and coerced by traffickers and pimps into a life of sexual slavery and violence. The average age of entry into this life is 12 years old — the age of a child in seventh grade. There are hundreds of children affected by this crisis in LA alone.

On Being Peace Makers: The Peace of Keeping The Darkness At Bay
As peacemakers, we must train even more, so that the darkness might not overwhelm. If peace is to come, we must seek first that Kingdom whose Prince is Peace. We are here to visit great and terrible grace on those who need it, and we must be well-versed in the means and methods of that Love that enables and empowers us to keep the darkness at bay.

On Ringing in Christmas: