Serve for Goodness Sake

What clearing blackberry brambles on MLK Day taught me about my neighbors—and myself.   I’m convinced blackberry thickets are a result of the Fall. Don’t get me wrong. The sweet fruit they yield is a product of God’s good creation (as is anything that can be turned into a pie). But their thorny, branchy abode? Pure evil. So how did I find myself giving up my Martin Luther King Day two weeks ago to snip, rake, and dig up these unredeemed vines? Earlier that morning, I’d joined about 100 undergraduate students from George Fox University and headed east of...

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