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Book Feature Friday: Interview With Frances Fuller, Author of “In Borrowed Houses”

About a month ago, I introduced Raven Foundation readers to a beautiful story which, I believe, models what it means to take being a member of the Body of Christ seriously. In Borrowed Houses is an incredible memoir of 7 years of the life of Frances Fuller and her husband, Wayne, when they lived in Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War. For anyone who enjoys autobiographies or stories of incredible faith in ...

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Bill Cosby and Rape: Why Were We So Slow?

Bill Cosby has fallen from grace. America’s dad is in the dog house after decades in our living rooms. The accusations of rape are old news but something has shifted. The accusers’ stories are gaining momentum and what was an open secret is now impossible to ignore. Bill Cosby is a rapist and we all know it. TV Land, Netflix and ABC know it, too, so they are cancelling their relationships with him. A logica ...

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A First Thanksgiving Hoax

Editor's Note: The Raven Foundation is delighted to welcome Dr. Robert Tracy McKenzie, chair of the Department of History at Wheaton College, to our flock! Dr. McKenzie has an inspiring approach to history and aspires to, as he says, "think Christianly about America's past." Recognizing our human propensity to "re-member" (that is, "piece back together") history according to our current worldviews, Dr. McKe ...

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Oprah, the One Question, and Mimetic Desire

Oprah Winfrey is used to asking the questions, but there is one question that everyone asks Oprah. From presidents to world dignitaries to movie stars to housewives and househusbands to comedians to perpetrators of crimes to victims of crimes to rich and to poor, when the cameras stop rolling and the lights go off, the question is always the same: Was that okay? Can you believe it? People who seem to have a ...

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The Oracle of Certainty: From Ancient Athens to ISIS

Thank the gods we don’t believe in the utterances of oracles anymore. We don’t search for omens in the entrails of sacrificed animals or believe that women in drug induced trances can foretell our destiny. Because the ancient Greeks fell for this superstitious mumbo jumbo, they were led into two disastrous wars that had devastating consequences. The great anti-war playwright Euripides offers his critique of ...

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Restorative Justice And The Rebirth Of Chicago

The vision is a city interlaced with restorative justice hubs — community centers that bring hope and promise to troubled kids in a town where too many of them are dying. “It is not OK that my friends and I have already planned our funerals,” then-high school senior Keann Mays-Lenoir told a crowd of 300 people a year ago, at a rafter-shaking meeting where the idea was introduced. It builds slowly, from the ...

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Book Feature Friday: Changing Our Mind – Leading Evangelical Ethicist Calls for Full Inclusion

REPENT! Do shivers run down your spine when you hear that word? Well, there’s no getting around it – repent is an important biblical word. But as opposed to emphasizing how horrible we sinners are, the word simply means “Change your mind.” So, what happened when the leading American Evangelical ethicist repents? He asked the whole Church to change its mind, too. That’s what David Gushee has done in his late ...

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On The List

Editor's Note: We are honored to feature accomplished peace activist Kathy Kelly. Kabul—[Sunday, Nov. 2], in the Afghan Peace Volunteers' (APVs') “Borderfree Center” here in Kabul, I heard someone banging on the front gate and hurried downstairs to open it. As it happened, I was the only one at the Center that morning. Outside the gate stood two women with their burkas pushed back. They had come a long way ...

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What Peacemakers Must Learn From Soldiers

How does a pacifist say thank you on Veteran's Day? This question was on my mind all day yesterday, and my colleagues at The Raven Foundation did a wonderful job of answering. With a restless daughter, I didn't have the time to say all that I wanted to say about it. But a lot of thoughts occurred to me. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who lov ...

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On Being a Good Dad: Mimetic Desire, Toys, and How Not to Love Your Neighbor

I consider myself to be a good dad. And that’s where the problem began. One of the main reasons that I consider myself to be a good dad is that I buy my children really cool toys…that I get to play with… Well, a few years ago I bought them a toy rocket with a launch pad. When I…err…I mean *they*…stomp on the pad the rocket launches 50 feet in the air! My status as a “good dad” increased last year when I bou ...

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