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Are Christian politicians called to imitate Jesus? What about justice with the sword and ordering creation?

A photo posted by Melissa Vincent (@misvincent) on Oct 20, 2015 at 4:55am PDT In a discussion about politicians and Christians this became a central question. Christians are not called to imitate Jesus in everything he did. But, Christians are called to do some things he didn’t do, for example, have children. And…

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“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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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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