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For Mauro, a 9-year-old boy from Guatemala, Christmas has a special meaning for him and his family, as they celebrate the day someone gave them a place to stay, like Mary and Joseph and their infant child. […] Read More

Despite earlier gains made to desegregate schools, spurred by the Brown v. Board of Education ruling 65 years ago, many private Christian schools and even public schools have been resegregating our classrooms. […] Read More

Jesus understood that freedom and truth go hand in hand. In John 8:31-32, Jesus taught his disciples that the “truth will set you free.” Where there is no truth, there is no freedom. And this is true “on earth as it is in heaven.” On earth, the Declaration of Independence set the United States apart […] Read More is seeking courageous investors who want to combine theoretical and applied ethics into an ecumenical Christian movement for social justice. Warren Buffett, one of the world’s greatest investors, concluded, “Games are won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.” At, we […] Read More

My mother served as the principal of two different public schools I attended. Most of the time it was not an issue. In seventh grade, however, I did learn that it is especially awkward being called to the principal’s office when your mom is the one who is waiting for you behind the desk. Despite […] Read More

I was a youth minister for 10 years before I became a public school educator. During that decade, I don’t recall ever asking for a raise or an increase in the youth budget that I was responsible for. The truth is that I never thought I should ask for more than church leadership thought I […] Read More

The nightly news is full of reports from schools. From the scenes of striking educators in West Virginia to the horror of the shooting in Florida, teachers have occupied my mind a lot these days. Of course, I work in a school and teach a couple of classes, but my thoughts have been different these […] Read More

From the creation of the world in Genesis to the dire warning of tyranny’s destruction in Revelation, the Bible is filled with valuable lessons. Much of the Bible perpetuates truths about religious convictions and practices, but there are other more practical lessons to be learned as well. The Old Testament encouraged the rotation of crops […] Read More

It almost goes without saying that there is an ongoing attack on “traditional” public schools in the U.S. Students are being treated as commodities as their parents are encouraged to shop around for the “best” school. This is the unfortunate result of our nation’s unwillingness to invest consistently and equitably in providing a world-class education […] Read More

Having just completed the pilgrimage of Lent to Easter, now I think about what it means to be an Emmaus-Christian, ready to run full speed back in to the waiting city to be witnesses to our own experience of blessing and love and to be the hands and feet of Jesus, the living Lord. The […] Read More