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Insecurity and security

Insecurity and security

Miriam had her baby and decided to keep her. For a time she lived in a home for women who were single mothers as her family refused to see her or…

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Thinking about face

Thinking about face

I vividly remember the first time I became personally aware of the concept of ‘face’—which I now know to be linked with ‘shame.’ I was 18, teaching night classes to…

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Understanding salvation

Understanding salvation

A conversation with a Muslim friend sharpened the meaning of salvation for me in relation to these worldview themes. I asked him for his views of salvation. This is his…

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Hospitality: Being a good guest

Hospitality: Being a good guest

On one occasion I was visiting the family of one of the girls from the college hostels where I worked. They were a well-off family who owned their own hospital…

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Jesus Victory

Jesus Victory

In Saudi Arabia I was once the guest for dinner of a Christian Pakistani couple and their two small children. They had lived in Riyadh, the capital, for several years…

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Cleaning and purity

My first 'ah-ha' moment related to what purity means for my local friends in Indonesia was when a neighbour's child messed on the floor in my house. After the mother…

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Protecting the young

Fatima who continually worried about her newborn son being kept safe and healthy placed scissors next to him whenever he was sleeping. “Why do you do that, Fatima?” I asked.…

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Faith journeys

Khadija began to get to know a community of Jesus’ people just before her marriage broke down. It was this community who cared for her and provided for her when…

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Practices that can oppress

One day I had a sore arm, and everyone suggested massage, so I went for a walk according to the directions given and ended up in someone's lounge room along…

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