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The burning question of the parable is: Are you willing to be rescued by someone you despise, someone you assume despises you?
Despite our longing to be back in the sanctuary, God’s steadfast love is not limited to a physical space. God’s love is our true sanctuary.
As a model of strength and self-possession, I didn’t think Vashti could get any better. I was wrong.
Paul took the chains of the state and preached fearless liberation. The state may have had him in shackles, but he would be bound to nothing but the love of God.
If your beloved children show up in our church, whether as children or as elders, we will love and care for them as our own, as God’s own. Will you please do the same?
If you’re of a certain age, you remember freedom songs above the blows and snarling dogs. It’s no surprise that when despots come to power, they first purge the poets and singers.
I see you, fellow shepherd, and you are amazing. You’ve MacGyvered quarantine church. Your pluck is one way to be what 1 Peter calls ‘an example.’
Hospitality requires willingness to be uncomfortable but not unsafe. It requires placing the last first and the first last. We must work hard to get it right.
In elementary school, many lunches never made it into the intended students’ bodies as they were traded for desserts, pencils, or even coveted spots in line next to crushes.
If you hear one crying out for help, don’t listen in dispassionately like you’re a scientist performing an experiment on resilience, waiting to see how things turn out. Step up.