Don't Tell Me to "Think Positive"

Everywhere we turn today, it seems we are bombarded with messages about positive thinking and the “power of positivity.” From Instagram yogis who practice visualization to books like The Happiness Advantage, we are told that a full life is one filled with happy thoughts where any “negativity” is banished, and that if we think it, we can achieve it. But this thinking fails to help Christians develop a biblical, faithful, and healthy understanding of our rich emotional lives.

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America's True Motives for Welcoming Refugees

Over the past two years, many refugee advocates have urged the U.S. to return to a time in her history when we welcomed refugees simply because it was the right thing to do. They nostalgically recall a time when we welcomed the downtrodden and persecuted as humanitarians, rather than using them as political pawns. Unfortunately, though, what these advocates recall is a myth and not a historical reality. Those who truly care about the plight of more than 25 million refugees around the world, must rightly remember America’s refugee resettlement history if we are to move forward into a more compassionate future.

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Our Dis-ease With Disease

“It’s just because people are introducing so many chemicals into their systems,” she insisted. “If people go back to using non-toxic, natural plant-based products, we’ll stop seeing these chronic conditions.” I sat in a living room with half a dozen other women and listened to a sales representative from a large essential oils company guarantee that their products could heal anything that ailed us. She read us an excerpt from the memoir of a woman, “just like us,” she said, who had cured a brain tumor with 5ml glass bottles of pure plant elixir.

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What the Honduras Caravan Reveals About the Heart of America

This week, after a semester away, I resumed my MA studies in international refugee law. This term, I’m taking a course called “Asylum and Refugees in Africa and Latin America.” Interesting timing, I thought, considering the firestorm of media attention turned toward the caravan of Central American migrants and asylum seekers this week. My heart has grown more and more burdened as I see words like “onslaught”, “invasion”, and “horde” used to describe these families, while I’m also learning that Central American countries like El Salvador and Honduras have rates of violent crime second only to Syria.

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Loving Neighbor, Loving Self

I was loving my neighbor, but I hated myself. What I really needed to learn was how to love myself as I loved my neighbor. I needed to learn to extend the same compassion to my own broken body as I strived to do for others. I needed to learn that the grace I offered to everyone else when they needed to rest was also available to me. If I couldn’t learn how to love myself, I soon wouldn’t have anything left to love my neighbor.

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