The Unfundamental Conversion

I am an Alien

July 13th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Missions | SE Asia | Travel - (15 Comments)

I. I went on a 5000 mile road trip, across 6 Canadian providences and 12 states just in the last two weeks, and I pulled the plug on my scheduled posts. I am an alien in this land who writes because I am happier for it, but sometimes my heart needs silence. I just watched …
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As a few readers have noticed, throughout my blog I’ve mentioned this deep hope that a good God actually exists so that he can bring hope and healing to this broken world. Some readers have asked whether or not this is a wishful hope, or if this is this is one of anticipation. To be …
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Gospel of Tolerance Part II

May 21st, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Missions - (10 Comments)

I reached a point a couple of years ago where I was no longer comfortable referring to those in Asia (both locals and expats) as Christians vs. everyone else. I did not want an “us and them.” I wanted an “us.” As a foreigner, this meant it was my job to enter their world, which …
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Gospel of Tolerance

May 20th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Missions | World Religions - (38 Comments)

I was taught that tolerance was the moral enemy of the church. I was taught that tolerance meant to endorse or permit wrong doings. I was taught that tolerance was incompatible with my faith. I was taught that I could not love my neighbor and tolerate him or her at the same time. Many christians …
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I read Dan Fincke’s blog on the atheist channel of patheos because I enjoy philosophy and also because I do not wish to make the habit of letting my faith go unchallenged. Even though I am a theist, I enjoy atheism. In so many ways I wish I could be convinced that God did not …
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Summer Start

Rachel Held Evans and Libby Anne have both already offered posts on Elizabeth Smart’s speech on human trafficking, purity culture, and abuse. The story triggered a tear for me last night as I lay in bed thinking of my dear friend Maiv in SE Asia. Maiv came from a life not all that different than …
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Growing up, I was taught that its easiest to praise God in the good, and hardest to praise God in the bad. My life has not lived up that one. Sure I’m happiest when my life is smooth, when I’m hiking through Europe, or sitting on a bench staring at a glacier. But as a …
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Since returning to the US three months ago, I’ve been through an array of culture shock from living overseas for three years. Some of its frustrating. Someone putting my clothes in the dryer and the clothes shrinking because in three years, they were never once dried in a machine and mostly washed by hand. Or …
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I Saw A Blind Boy See

April 25th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Faith | Missions - (7 Comments)

I talk a lot about faith and doubt. For me the two go hand in hand. I think I am like the Israelities. I can see a miracle, and then turn around and again, doubt God. But. I saw a blind person see. His teacher had beat him against the wall until he was blind …
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At Thai New Year we bring sand to the temple

I’m over at A Life Overseas Today, writing about processing crud and evil in foreign countries. One Saturday morning I woke up to humid Asian heat rising over my bed and the sound of cranky motorbikes on the way to the market. Oblivious that a tragedy had happened while I slept, I got up and …
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