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Aperture of the Heart

By Nikole Lim
Shooting “wide open” allows me to capture the diverse beauty of people’s faces, laden with untold stories, while softening the distractions of the background, bringing their humanity to the forefront.

In the Presence of My Enemies

By Joel Briggs

I think every painter labors long, meticulous hours for those little encounters, brief as they may be, when their work surprises and disrupts the viewer. The piece of art suddenly seizes the viewer, who exclaims something like, “This image!

What Are Christians For?

By Jake Meador
The Christian community should see the decision to move closer together with other Christians as a way of loving the places that we share together, of serving the good of our non-Christian neighbors in that place, and even of making the place itself healthier.

Pray for Yemen

By Stephen Mattson

Yemen is a country suffering from a brutal, 7-year, ongoing military conflict. The violence escalated after 2010, when Shia minorities staged a series of rebellions. These occurred within an already unstable environment due to corruption, bitter religious and partisan animosity, and political upheaval.

Stations of the Cross

By Shane Claiborne

Editor’s note: This post was originally shared by our friends at Red Letter Christians. We pray this project by several men on Tennessee’s death row will encourage you as you reflect deeply on the sacrifice of Jesus and what this means for all of us—including those who are, as Shane says below, “condemned to die.”
I am beyond excited to share this with you.

A Listening Lent

By Cyndi Parker

I did not grow up observing Lent. I knew “those other Christians” gave up their favorite things during Lent, which made me feel sad for them. Lent seemed like a somber and strange ritual Christians did before flipping a switch and suddenly becoming happy at Easter.