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Kelly Gissendaner and the Ethics of Execution

Last weekend I was mindlessly flipping through my Facebook feed when I came across the petition to grant clemency to Kelly Gissendaner, the Georgian woman whose execution date was originally set for Feb. 25, 2015. As I read the emotional plea to join in the effort to grant Gissendaner a chance to live out her…

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The Blessed Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. What could possibly be more ridiculous than being a person of peace? Could you imagine how chaotic the world would be if more people devoted themselves to reconciliation, forgiveness, mercy, and wholeness? How long do you think it would take for evil to…

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Refreshing Mercy

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.  There is no single response more confounding to the rational mind as this way of life Jesus describes in the fifth beattitude. There is also nothing quite so refreshing as the action of mercy. It comes as no surprise then, that mercy is so rarely experienced. …

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The Insatiability of Hope

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Today a mother and father wept as they buried their son in Ferguson, Missouri. The story has flooded us for the past two weeks. Two friends were walking down the road. They were instructed to take to the sidewalk. There was…