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Jason Lief

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Christmas Smells

Lately, it's easy to get caught up in either anxiety or rage. The speed of cultural change, and the inevitable backlash, leads to a permanent state of dis-orientation. As we get caught up in careers, family life, political campaigns, it's…
Northwestern College
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Christianity is Political: Taking A Stand

As I travel around the area talking about immigration reform, a common response is the fear the church will become too "political". I get it—we're living in trying times, where everyone is polarized and few are willing to listen. Both…
Northwestern College
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Happy Halloween

My most vivid memories of childhood involve Halloween. My brother and I would join our cousins walking the neighborhood to get as much candy as possible—always with the obligatory picture of all of us lined up on the couch, sweating…
Northwestern College
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Christian Faith and the Depth of Reality

Recently, I invited students to consider what it means to say God speaks through paper and ink. That somehow this book, with different authors and genres is God's word to us. Scripture points us to God's action in Jesus Christ,…
Northwestern College
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Why Detaining Immigrant Families Will Not Work

This past week the U.S. Justice Department instituted new rules pertaining to the detention of children and families at the southern border. The ruling changes the Flores settlement of 1997 that said children and families are to be held in…
Northwestern College
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Take me to Church: Worshipping at Hinterland

Last weekend my family attended the Hinterland Music Festival. It takes place in St. Charles, Iowa—a small town just off I-35 about 20 minutes south of Des Moines. Three days of music, craft beer, and pretentious-ness. All in all, a…
Northwestern College
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We’re all Illegal

Sitting at St. Paul Catholic Church in Marty, South Dakota, we (fifty young people and their youth leaders) listened as Sr. Miriam spoke about her time living among the Yankton Sioux. "Yankton" and "Sioux" aren't the names they prefer; they…
Northwestern College
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Time for Prophets to Prophesy

Ever notice how some in the Christian community pride themselves on not being political? They let it be known they don't care about the debates, and they're certainly not excited to have a discussion about immigration policy. At times they…
Northwestern College
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Sitting in a Cave with St. Francis

For two weeks at the end of May six students and I walked the path of St. Francis from Assisi to Rome. Our guide, Alessandro, was honest: "We don't know exactly which route Francis took, so in the spirit of…
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