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Charming Disarmament

Can you imagine leading the kind of life where you have to get good at charmingly disarming bigots in order to try to save your daughter’s life?

The Stories We Tell

I believe God’s word is as sure as the most fundamental cycles of life. I believe God’s word is truer than any story we can make up. We can build our lives on it.

Why I Don’t Wear a WWJD Bracelet

Here’s a news flash: you’re not Jesus. You run out of wine at a wedding? What would Jesus do? He’d turn water into wine. Go ahead.

Sleepless Nights

Lamenting to God over the state of the world is a part of faith. These are hard days we are living in. You don’t need to put on a brave face. Not with God, anyway.

Hateful Christians and Certain Love

God, let me be uncertain about my own righteousness, and certain of your unconditional love for both me and my enemies.

Thanks for Forgetting

We know that sin is not determined by age. I’ve found that sin is the immaturity of being closed to any value that does not serve self-aggrandizement.

Reliable Sources

Jesus asked the religious leaders whether a particular authority came from heaven or from humanity. It’s the first question to ask when we aren’t sure what’s right.

You Are So Special, You Know

Beautiful Grandmother God, thank you for the messengers you send our way again and again and again, to remind us of how special you have made us.

Litany of Purpose

What is focus? It is the purity of heart that wills one thing. The widow had a lot of that. Focus is behavior that has mission centrality and mission consistency.

Just Love

God of love, judgment, bodies, and will: may your word ever be light upon our paths so that we may follow you closely. Amen.