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Category: Context: Real Stories and Pain

“There will come a time you’ll see…

“There will come a time you’ll see with no more tears and love will not break your heart but dismiss your fears, get over your hill and see what you’ll find there, with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair” ~Mumford & Sons “after the storm” Some times when I look around the streets of #Manila and see the garbage, the concrete and the metal that overwhelms it reminds me of the hundreds of voices I hear every month idealizing about living in the countryside. The wild nature is calling to them. I wonder: Who will be the leading Filipino to fuel the vision of greenspace and gardens for everyone in metro Manila? In the #Philippines gardens are for the rich and privileged, it’s been like that for most of global urban history. In cities, gardens are a luxury. In contrast I believe God created us to love and find wholeness in nature. The Creator designed us that living creation would be a part of our healing, a part of our spirituality and a part of our vision of a healed people. When I look at this pic and I see the garbage, the concrete and the dead grass I pray that the garden in Rev 22 would be a vision of hope I embody in my life, not a futile vision I hope for in some distant future.

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Want a simple explanation of the Mindanao peace process?

The Peace Process in the southern Philippines is very complex. There are more than 5 major relationships that effect the peace agreement and many more sub-relationships after that. This is a short video I made to explain the complexity of these relationships and how we, people in the norther Philippines,…

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Different people

If we cannot be reconciled with people that look different than we look, then what is reconciliation? And there will be no true freedom for any of us unless we are first reconciled to each other and to God. 

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Conflict. Is it about Resolution or Transformation?

At its most basic, the language of ‘conflict resolution’ implies finding a solution to a problem.  It guides our thinking toward bringing some set of events or issues, usually experienced as very painful, to an end.  We seek a conclusion.  Resolution’s guiding question is this: How do we end something…

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8 ways to Respond Creatively to the Conflict in Mamasapano, Mindanao. #fallen44

Are you afraid? Does the Philippines seem hopeless to you? Has this conflict in Mindanao pushed you towards apathy? Are you confused as to what’s really happening? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I’m here to help. Here are 8 practical ways that you can respond constructively…

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Why do Christians who believe in separation of church and state have political opinions?

This is a response to a question I’ve heard often in the past 2 years in the Philippines and countless times online. Rather than responding on a message board I’ll respond publicly and point people to this post in the future. Today the question was raised: “I have always wondered why…

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Peace Theology Was a Journey for me, Are You On a Journey to Find It?

My journey of discovering Biblical Peace Theology happened while reading scripture with Bangsamoro Muslim friends in the southern Philippines. I listened to their history, a history of oppressed people, from their perspective and in it I learned to hear Jesus message of peace, hope and salvation in the bible with…

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