You Choose Your World Aden Wright
We can live in a world of Doom, Gloom, and Fear —or— Faith, Hope and Love. We can choose to believe that the world is going to hell in a handbasket and at any moment asteroids, earthquakes, and tidal waves will destroy the earth. —Or— We can risk everything in faith to change the world around us by expanding the Kingdom of our Father. We can choose to believe that God is weak, distant, and disinterested and Satan’s plans to kill, steal, and destroy are inevitable. —Or— We can believe that God has plans of new life, restoration, and reconciliation for those across the globe, standing on the truth that nothing is impossible with God. We can choose to live in a zero-sum game, poverty mindset where there isn’t enough, hoarding because there isn’t enough to go around. —Or— We can give of ourselves generously in love—free of fear, knowing…Continue Reading
Coffee Christians Tips Generousity
I was tackling some work at a coffee house when a couple of guys came in lugging sound equipment. A stampede of people followed. Before long, the coffee house was so full that I had three strangers sharing my table. I stayed huddled at my end for most of the evening, though I occasionally took out my earbuds and enjoyed the music. A gospel group was playing, except they weren’t playing gospel songs. I only knew they were a gospel group because the lead singer kept telling us, and I wasn’t sure why. Perhaps she was trying to tells us she was besties with Jesus, without actually saying it out loud. Throughout the evening, she reminded us that the coffee house did not promote any specific religion, which made me wonder why she kept promoting hers. The night concluded with an altar call. Yes, the lead singer pulled the classic…Continue Reading
traveling well in the islamic world
Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to and live in several Muslim-majority nations. While I’ve loved it immensely, I’ve also watched fellow Americans struggle with the shift. Some of them were hung up on fear, others on assumptions, but all of them probably could have had a better time if they’d had better information. Here are some of the tricks I’ve picked up for enjoying all that the incredibly diverse Islamic world has to offer. 1. Fear Not. As a young woman, I don’t think I’ve traveled anywhere without someone expressing concern about my safety, but this worry seems to go off the charts when I spend time in Muslim-majority countries. People ask if I will have to wear a hijab or even a burqa, neither of which have ever touched my head. They ask about persecution, terrorism, and jihad. They ask me if I really…Continue Reading