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Blessing Everything

Molly Baskette

There are so many people hungry for good news and good liturgy and radical community, people who want to learn how to pray, and who need places where they can bring their whole selves in, with their doubts and their heresies and their spiritual wounds.


Worn Down

John Edgerton

I believe the world is full of "thin places," places where the boundary between heaven and earth is permeable and the presence of God is almost palpable


The Deep End

Vince Amlin

Faith rarely asks us to stand flat-footed with our heads above water. It beckons us to a point where we can't touch.


Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin?

Matt Laney

I've never been a fan of the dictum: "Love the sinner, hate the sin." It always struck me as a way to feign love for someone right before kicking them in the teeth.


The Stuff of God

Martin B. Copenhaver

Some stuff is not exactly stuff, but something more.  For instance:  The "Best Chicken Feeder Award" given to our son at his preschool, which was a working farm.  How could we possibly get rid of that?


Depression

Jennifer Garrison Brownell

Jesus is here.  Right now.  Passing by. 


Respect

John A. Nelson

There's at least one recurring theme in churchgrowth essays, from the letter to the Ephesians up to the column that will almost certainly appear today in a ministry blog: you were welcomed in, so make sure you welcome others.


All My Needs, Already Supplied

Kenneth L. Samuel

Sometimes our best growth is not found in acquiring things we don't have, but becoming better managers and cultivators of what we already possess.


Strange Salon

Quinn G. Caldwell

Paul has basically made a career of being a jerk and annoying everybody in sight.  If he's not holding people's cloaks while they stone somebody, he's writing scathing letters or making the authorities so mad they throw him in jail and/or execute him.


Not Just for Funerals

Emily C. Heath

That Psalm 23 has been relegated mostly to funerals is a tragedy.