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Virtually Close While Physically Distant

I was enjoying relaxing and watching an IPL (Indian Premier League) cricket match with an Indian couple with whom I was staying on a recent visit to India. There was a knock on the door, and their daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter walked in. They hadn’t called or messaged in advance; they were in the area…

Spiritual Conversations

Where are you now in your spiritual journey? What was your religious background as a child? How was that experience? These are examples of questions that Christians are sometimes encouraged to ask strangers in order to begin a “spiritual conversation.”  A recent op-ed piece written by an international student in her university’s newspaper questioned the…

Relating as Peers

In the Hindu world, relationships matter. But as Alongsiders, what kinds of relationships can and should we have with our Hindu friends? Most of us belong to non-Hindu communities. For us, relating with Hindus requires crossing community and culture lines. But as outsiders, what posture should we take as we begin to make these relational…

Relationship Regrets From an Alongsider

How important are relationships to you? How many close friends do you have? How easily can you build relationships with people who are different than you? These are questions that have challenged and inspired me over the last several years. The longer I’ve come alongside Hindus, the more I continue to learn how important relationships…