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A Christian Perspective on Identity – On Being More than “Just Yourself”

BY JOEY LI PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELANIE PARK “Just be yourself" is one of those phrases that has become common parlance for a mode of living. The idea is often attributed to Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) in the quote, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” Wilde likely did not say this quote verbatim, though he espoused … Continue reading A Christian Perspective on Identity – On Being More than “Just Yourself”

A Good Samaritan Is Radically Present

BY TIM KOWALCZYK There’s No Duke but Us I’ve written elsewhere on our habit of abdicating responsibility for the problems in our community. In brief, we’re only too happy to complain about Duke’s problems—peer pressure, work-hard play-hard, social expectations—but shrink from doing anything to fix them. They are “Duke’s” problems, or “collective” problems. In a … Continue reading A Good Samaritan Is Radically Present

God, Why? Thoughts on Suffering After Hurricane Florence

BY ANNA NORTHUP Hurricane Florence’s devastating rip through the Carolinas has only sliced open the wound humanity has nursed for millennia: “Why?” We don’t talk about it often, at least not in a public context. Behind doors, maybe, with family or doctors or clinicians. These things just happen. Everyone suffers. Next, please. We find support groups, … Continue reading God, Why? Thoughts on Suffering After Hurricane Florence

The Fastest Growing Criminal Industry: What the Church Needs to Know

BY KRISTI GAMBUTI “Abolish Slavery Everywhere, Forever.” These are the words that pulsed from the wall each day I walked into the A21 office this summer. These four words, big and bold, were the very first thing I saw entering the room and the last thing I saw exiting it. The more days I spent … Continue reading The Fastest Growing Criminal Industry: What the Church Needs to Know