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Projecting Francis

Francis of Assisi wasn’t all peace songs and birdbaths. He questioned Christians’ docility in the face of wrong and contested our easy sentimentality about God.


Triumph of the Meek

The work of reform needs quiet fighters as well as front line mavericks. Meekness is not weakness in the perseverance toward change.


Extra Credit

I’d love to be perfect, God, but we both know that’s not going to happen. Help me pass with a B+ is all I ask.


I Remember Your Name in the Night

I remember a lot of things at night: the emails not answered, the deadlines missed, the cookies I shouldn’t have eaten. I am practicing remembering God’s name above all.


When Your Mother Dies

Before death and after death, O God, let us figure out who we and others really are—each unique to ourselves, not only seen through the lens of others.


A Horizon of Hope

Even when we are discouraged about the state of the world—especially when we are discouraged by the state of the world—we live by our best hopes and by God’s promise of love.


Faith in Lament

Hurting people need to know that lament is not the absence of faith. Folx need to know that it is okay to cry out in pain when God’s promised protection is not evident.


A Flaming Arrow

Christianity isn’t about our doing or achievements. It’s about a love that loves us first—a persistent, intrusive, relentless, reckless love, like a flaming arrow.


Just Wednesday Night

I like to imagine us all as sparrows and swallows, finding little corners of this sacred space to make our homes—a divine ecosystem, all happy to dwell under the same roof.


The Pennies on the Floor

The real call to sacrificial giving rests on those who have much: not just pennies on the floor of the minivan or change from a cappuccino. What’s your giving temperament?