Grief & Suffering
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Preparing with compassion

Tragedy | Horrible mass shootings remind us local preparation—including among churches—is crucial to loving our neighbors
by Jamie Dean
Posted 2/16/18, 11:48 am

One of the most gut-wrenching realities about mass shootings is that they’re always unexpected, and a community never knows it’s the next spot a shooter will strike. 

Even when shooters show alarming warning signs—as did the killer in the Florida massacre this week—parents and students and principals and pastors and neighbors are still stunned when a person who seems “off” suddenly unleashes a bloodbath.

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All the lonely people

Relationships | As the British government creates a Ministry of Loneliness, opportunities abound for faithful churches to respond to people’s deepest needs
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/19/18, 03:14 pm

As the U.S. government hurtles toward a possible government shutdown over disagreements about immigration and fiscal spending, the British government announced this week they would attack another perplexing problem: loneliness.

A 2017 study found more than 9 million people in Britain reported they often or always feel lonely. (That’s nearly 15 percent of the population of the United Kingdom, and it’s more than the entire population of London.)

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The story I won’t forget

Faith & Inspiration | One profile I wrote in 2017 still stirs emotions within me today
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/08/18, 01:46 pm

As a journalist, I get asked this question a lot: “What was your favorite story you wrote?” I always have a hard time answering that question, because every story I write leaves me with a different impression.

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