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A Mighty Fortress

Emily C. Heath

Our hymnals have often rightly been stripped of overtly militaristic language. We are no longer Christian soldiers marching as to war.


Integrity

Robert Ochoa

The first time I encountered the idea of being saved by grace and not works, it ran so contrary to the religious upbringing of my youth in a Mexican American neighborhood of East Los Angeles. 


Is God Easy or Hard?

Molly Baskette

Sometimes, when I am sitting with someone who is in a lot of pain, I will ask them, "Have you prayed about it?" About half the time, they say no.


Refusing to Shrink Back

Emily C. Heath

The moment the Supreme Court decision reached us in Cleveland, the entire room broke out into applause, tears, and praise.


Ask and Receive

Donna Schaper

Get up tomorrow morning and get help to get over old injuries. Have a resurrection breakfast. 


Family

Tony Robinson

 Jesus himself doesn't speak of the family in a simple or unproblematic way. He challenges family and redefines it—radically.


Relax, It's Saturday

Lillian Daniel

How long is your "to-do" list for this Saturday?


God Bless You

Mary Luti

Not everyone gets to hear that they're worth everything to someone.


We Don't Know Much

Matt Fitzgerald

Jesus is God's ultimate revelation, but he speaks in riddles. He beguiles. He retains God's mystery. Jesus is hard to understand.


Out of the Depths

Emily C. Heath

One of the things I love about the Psalms is that they do not try to make it all better. Instead, they give us honesty.