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Who Put You in Charge?

Emily C. Heath

Churches say they want strong leaders capable of providing guidance in difficult situations. Until they don't. And, often publicly, the pastor is reminded of their "place."

Silence and Mystery

John A. Nelson

Many of us remember the King James translation of this verse: "… a still small voice."


Quinn G. Caldwell

When a visitor first comes into your church, what do you think she thinks it smells like?  Or, since you may not have much control over that, what do you think she thinks it feels like?

Tell No One

Anthony B. Robinson

Why did Jesus order those he healed and those he taught not to celebrate him?

Big Boy Pants

Matt Laney

"Gird up your loins!" Chances are you've run across that in the Bible more than once.  If not you've really been missing out. Rarely do we have the opportunity to use "gird" and "loins" in the same sentence.

Of Faith and Flavor

John Nelson

It's odd to praise chocolate during Lent. My apologies, if you've given it up.

What's That on Your Face?

John Edgerton

I envy the conviction of people with extensive tattoos.  From twenty feet away their hands or arms or faces mark them as different, distinct, committed to living out their path.

Once We Were Strangers

Richard L. Floyd

These are our stories, not merely here in America, but throughout the world. There are still many "displaced persons" among the human family. They face unique challenges every day.

Exercise Your God-Given Maturity

Lillian Daniel

I would like to think that God is always bringing out the best in people, but sometimes it seems like people act their very worst around God.

No Improvement

Mary Luti

The people who are out to make a fast buck in cyberspace regard me as the most pathetic of human beings. They look at my life and weep.