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About dennaepierre

I am the executive director of The Surge Network and am the founder and president of Foster Care Initiatives ( Most of my foster care/adoption related blogging has been moved to that site. This is my personal blog that I use to reflect on aspects of theology, culture, and our day-to-day life that includes being married to the pastor of Roosevelt Community Church, having a house full of kiddos (biological, adopted, and foster teens), and living in downtown Phoenix.

Does a Radicalized Muslim Deserve Our Love?

While waiting in the airport today, I caught a news story of a woman beheaded by a man in Oklahoma and the reporter emphasized the man who did this as a muslim. Stories like this stir such deep fear. Fear of the … Continue reading

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what marrying a black man has taught me & why Ferguson matters (part 1)

250 years of slavery. 90 years of Jim Crow. 60 years of separate but equal. 35 years of racist housing policies. Does that explain everything? No. Does it mean something? Yes.  The Backseat Passenger: A close friend and dear brother … Continue reading

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Equal but Different Part Two

Instituting a “don’t be friends” or “don’t be alone with women” policy will not fix the problem of how men and women relate to one another. That was a statement I made in my last post, but I thought it … Continue reading

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Equal but Different?! Mark Discoll, Pornography, and Co-Ed Friendship

A few years back I was pumping gas at my car on the way home from a meeting. As I waited for gas to fill the tank, I opened up a link on my phone to a popular Christian blogger’s … Continue reading

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Delighting in our (screaming?!) Children

 Eight weeks into Jovanna Truth’s life and I am enjoying every second. I love watching her sleep peacefully knowing she is only able to have that experience because she is safe and having her most basic needs met. I love … Continue reading

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When a Child Cannot Accept Your Love

As foster parents we get questions that are sometimes hard to answer. One of the hardest for me to give a simple answer to comes from people who ask: “You know it is going to be challenging and very difficult. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Miscarriage…

Anyone who has been involved in a local church family knows that miscarriage happens often. I have hugged and prayed with many women who suffered from miscarriage. I knew from my friends’ experiences that miscarriage was painful and I was … Continue reading

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