The Unfundamental Conversion
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From the former president’s crime bill, which among other things eliminated funds for inmate education and expanded the death penalty, the welfare reform which depleted aid to children, the reversal of tariffs on industries that protected certain middle class jobs, to Hillary’s vote for Iraq and other big military decisions, to the Clinton’s big money …
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I Lost My God Innocence

March 20th, 2016 | Posted by Lana Hope in Faith | SE Asia - (19 Comments)

“You HAVE changed!” a friend from my old Christian circles said to me three years ago, when I first came back from South East Asia, alone and frightened. We were outside a popular late-night burger joint in my home state. When pressed, I had spoken my opinion about evangelical hot button. Apparently my friend had heard that I …
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New Tribes Missions and Hell

I am a hopeful universalist. I believe God will force no one into hell against their will, and I am hopeful that God’s love will ultimately overcome everyone and all will freely choose to worship him over living outside God’s presence. I have written before about why I personally rejected hell here and here.  But today, I …
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I recently thought of this post, I wrote on Christmas Eve from my phone while with a few teenagers in Asia. We spent Christmas day floating around a pond in 80F/26C weather in shorts, and in the evening when the temperature had dropped to 68F/20C, I read a book out on a lawn chair while the kids were …
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“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer HT, Ryan Stollar ____ I am not a huge fan of the Dr. Quinn the Medicine Woman series (in fact, I have a whole post …
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A few days ago, and actually throughout the last year, we’ve had discussions on my blog about whether a belief in a higher power 1) hinders genuine relationships and 2) takes a way from personal responsibility. This week the question came up on my blog in context of hell. I had made the comment that …
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At my old church in South East Asia, we prayed one prayer more than any other. Or maybe two. But there was one prayer that kept coming up over and over – Lord, let your kingdom come, on earth. Or, let your glory fall on this place. I have a problem with the whole idea …
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I’m Not Angry Anymore

February 11th, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in Faith | SE Asia | Spiritual Abuse - (2 Comments)
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People have noticed something about me. I’m not angry towards my parents or bitter at fundamentalism. For people who have not known me for ten years, they wonder what is wrong with me. Others just wonder if I’m playing too soft; if I’m letting fundamentalists or spiritual abusers off the hook. Less than 10 years …
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The people in SE Asia left a lasting impression on me. They are kind, less blunt than westerners, more laid back, and far more tolerant. The street friendly atmospher is normal for me since I grew up in the South. But I am not used to so much tolerance. Just as I was finishing my …
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Caught Between Two Ages

February 1st, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in Culture | Missions | SE Asia - (0 Comments)
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*trigger warning for sex trade* I’ve often said that I’ve felt misplaced. I’ve been saying this since I was a little girl of 6 or 8, but I was born in the wrong age. Initially this was because I was homeschooled and had no way to identify with the current culture. After all, I was …
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