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Beforeness

Tony Robinson

Chances are good that you've heard this verse, or a version of it, prayed before many a sermon.


In Good News and Bad

Emily C. Heath

Earlier this year I had a health scare.


Making the Case

Kaji Douša

The Syrophoenician woman was bold to make her ask of him.


O Lord—How Long?

Christina Villa

Everyone has their favorite scripture texts, and this is one of mine (along with "How long, O Lord?" from Psalm 13).


What Have You to Do With Us?

Talitha Arnold

Jesus had just come out of the wilderness, called his first followers, and was in the middle of his first sermon in Capernaum.


Poor

Quinn G. Caldwell

Am I the only person who worries when the Bible says this type of airy fairy thing about the poor?


Signs of God's Reign

Richard L. Floyd

When the early church heard about the healings that Jesus had done, they understood them as signs that the long-awaited reign of God had begun in him.


When the Cause of Death is Suicide

Lillian Daniel

When the cause of death is suicide, the living are left with the questions: Why? What did I miss? Could I have prevented it? Was it my fault? Was there a note left behind?


Refuge, Not Retreat

Kenneth L. Samuel

Almost daily now, our sensitivities and sensibilities are being assaulted with cascading reports of gun violence and human massacre, here and abroad.


Less Banjo

Vince Amlin

"If this were our church," my copastor and I are fond of saying, "there would be more banjo."