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“Uyghurs for Sale”: ASPI Report

“Uyghurs for Sale”: ASPI Report

According to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, “The Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen.” Given their research, the…

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The Priesthood of All Believers in the Face of Racism

The Priesthood of All Believers in the Face of Racism

Even though I watch from Australia, the other side of the world doesn’t seem so far away. The turmoil and grief of my native country, of my black brothers and sisters, fills my mind and heart as I pour over news articles and podcasts and grasp for some way to act wisely and faithfully in response.  Muddled though my thoughts and emotions are, one idea has surfaced again and again this week: the priesthood of all believers. Might there be…

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“A Weighty Burden of Guilt”

“A Weighty Burden of Guilt”

“As a culture we have spent a great deal of time in recent decades naming and deploring the crimes and injustices in our history. This is right and necessary. But the present crises have exposed crimes and injustices deeply embedded in the society we live in now. So we provide our descendants with a weighty burden of guilt to lament. This irony—too mild a word—casts grave doubt on the rigor of our self-examinations. “All this comes down to the need…

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Pentecost & Justice

Pentecost & Justice

Today — the Feast of Pentecost. Today, we remember the sending of the Spirit, the gracious outpouring of God himself on his people.  As I meditate on God’s gift of his Spirit, I think of Jesus’ words:  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,to set the oppressed free,to proclaim the year…

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He whose strength loves justice

He whose strength loves justice

The Reformed world loves to speak and teach and preach of God’s sovereignty. Based on the sheer number of words  devoted to this topic, it is obviously a precious doctrine to us. And yet there is a danger in our emphasis — or, at least, a pitfall that we must avoid. In speaking of God’s sovereignty, it is easy for our world to conceive of this primarily in terms of force. After all, everywhere around us, this is what power and sovereignty…

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Unchartered Territory

Unchartered Territory

Ryan and I are working our way through the podcast series “Seeing White.” I’m impressed with the quality of the podcast, captivated by the storytelling, and appalled at the history I’ve only partly known. A few thoughts/notes from Part 4, “On Crazy We Built a Nation”: John and Chenjerai discuss the rhetoric of Martin Luther King, Jr., specifically his use of the Declaration of Independence to claim promised, but as yet undelivered, rights for African Americans. Chenjerai expressed concern for…

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